Thank you, Kansas City! I visited for the Midwest Symposium on Social Entrepreneurship. I left feeling inspired by so many rich examples of community-driven efforts to promote opportunity, and by how much our cities have in common.
The middle is the new edge.
That’s how Columbia Business School Professor Georgia Levenson Keohane opened her keynote at the Midwest Symposium on Social Entrepreneurship. She fired up the crowd in Kansas City by highlighting how much “the middle” of the country has to contribute to a conversation about economic opportunity and the future of work that can at time seem focused only on what large coastal cities have to offer. Her point was that the Midwest was on the cutting edge. And she’s right. I left feeling impressed and inspired by what that community is doing to nurture community-driven ideas.