2006.02.28 NEO Film Excellence Roundtable at the City Club

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Mon, 02/27/2006 - 08:06.

Please join a casual collaboration of Northeast Ohio leaders interested in supporting "Film" as a cultural, educational, technological and economic engine of this community. "Film" is an important factor in the NEO economy, with many talented "film" professionals involved here in management, production, creative and other roles, creating $ millions in spending and wealth and making NEO a more interesting and fulfilling place to grow up and live. But, what is film, and what matters to the community and our economy?

The format of the discussion will be a "world cafe" where we'll have four tables of 10-12 people, with each table designated to talk within the table about one of the following:

  1. Optimizing film and area arts and culture
  2. Optimizing film and area education
  3. Optimizing film and area technology
  4. Optimizing film and area economy

In this way, we are not focusing on a short list of personal agendas, but facilitating open group brainstorms on core components of a sustainable film ecosystem in NEO, and group discussions on concepts and projects surfaced.

Following brief introductory comments and facilitation pointers, we'll want each group to spend 45 minutes (including lunch) at their tables identifying initiatives that may be pursued to improve outcomes in their topic area, and the last 45 minutes will be spent reporting to the broader group on the initiatives surfaced, for collaborative discussions. Next steps will arise from what sparks individuals' and groups' interests.

The objective is to bring together enough of the right people, in an informal but structured environment, to share specific ideas in key topical areas, in the pursuit of actionable initiatives that will make NEO a world-class film community. To join in the collaboration, please RSVP to Norm Roulet at norm [at] realinks [dot] us.


We're nurturing face to face visioning and so have revived a storied tradition of roundtable lunches at the City Club, each Tuesday between 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM, where non-hierarchical area innovation champions are breaking bread and brainstorming. The NEO Excellence Roundtable format is casual and conversational - to join us, please contact coordinator Norm Roulet at norm [at] realinks [dot] us.

Each attendee is expected to pay for your own meal - $13 for a buffet lunch (this is the club price - no mark-up), which is always excellent - if that is a barrier to you attending, please join us regardless and we'll cover the difference... (if you can contribute more, please do).