“This is not your parent’s association” is it?

This morning at The Atlantic City Makers Summit I was inspired by conversations that mayors, workforce investment leaders and the maker community are facilitating to help create space where “solutions can bloom.”

A discussion around the idea “this is not your father’s factory” was particularly intriguing. Essentially, the conversation highlighted how the world of manufacturing has changed in the last 15 to 20 years, but the perception of a factory and specifically manufacturing jobs has not followed.

The discussion made me wonder, can associations claim “this is not your parent’s association.” Has what we offer, how we lead and engage and what we aspire to be as associations really changed in the last 15 to 25 years?

Some of the pivotal questions that emerged from the discussion include:

  • What are you doing to encourage innovation that people can be excited about and attracted to?
  • How are you maximizing the strength of your community?
  • What are you doing to be welcoming?
  • What are you doing that gets in the way?
  • How do you talk about your successes?
  • Do you own and market who you are?

Are associations and the association community creating space where “solutions can bloom?”

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