Montana Mainstreet Innovation Incubators
Montana’s 520+ rural communities need to understand that broadband
empowers their ability to engage in online entrepreneurial innovations.
21st Century success requires embracing the innovation process in order
to be competitive and sustainable.
A new tradition of creative adaptation to a changing global economy
requires Montana’s communities to self-assess how effectively they
encourage innovators and engage all citizens as an active local
Ownership of the Opportunity Discovery
Key principles for teaching the
seeking out what’s working for others, and studying the innovations of
others for inspiration
2. Anyone can copy working models, and/or mashup key
ideas to create something new
3. New business models show a clear trend toward
engaging consumers; social media, cooperative competition,
crowdsourcing, and more.
4. Communities need to self-assess how well they
encourage local innovators
What's needed is a uniquely Montanan way to bring Montanans up to speed
with Internet entrepreneurship best practices, by providing online
video Montanan success stories, and free self-directed lessons,
resources, and services to fuel the home fires of local innovation. The
social media tools exist and the crowd-sourcing trends suggest the need
for the following “proof of concept” pilot project;
A “Montana Mentors” program will engage Montanans directly, as
“Montana's greatest resource” - using social media to connect
those who know how - with those eager to learn. Both online and local
innovation incubators will be created showcasing both local and
regional success stories. New metrics will be required to mirror
back to the community their ongoing progress, as public social
recognition incentives, in friendly competition with peer communities.
The 21st Century workforce solution is “Everyone both learner and
teacher, both consumer and producer, all the time.” New free online
instructional tools make it easy for anyone to create “show and tell”
videos directly from their computer screens showing step-by-step their
successful strategies and tools. 21st Century Workforce Basics, a short
“first online course” (MOOC; Massively Open Online Course) created by
Lone Eagle Consulting, demonstrates and teaches these tools as a model
to stimulate creation of similar online course innovations by
Montanans, for Montanans.
Local Event Initiatives Include:
The Ideal Locally Sustained Ongoing
Community Tech Nights help to showcase
and celebrate local talents.
Such regular events cam show what’s happening locally online, and
elsewhere, regarding replicable innovations.
Community event suggestions: http://lone-eagles.com/academy.htm
Create a mentors roster online to help match those with skills locally
with those eager to learn.
Example from McGrath, AK: http://lone-eagles.com/mentorsurvey.htm
Host frequent local, web-raising events where all participants will
create a sustainable free ecommerce website in less than one hour.
Web Raisings: http://lone-eagles.com/web-raising.htm
See the 30 second web raising videos at http://youtube.com/fodasz
Create a web directory of all local businesses with a web presence.
Examples from Caithness, Scotland: Caithness.org
and Dillon, Montana http://lone-eagles.com/dillon.htm
Post online videos of local and model entrepreneurs, ecommerce
Examples from Metlakatla, Alaska, SE Idaho, Scotland, etc.: http://youtube.com/fodasz
Create the means for ongoing sharing of local innovations between
communities as a vibrant “community of communities” sharing
innovations, resources, and mentors - in recognition of the benefits of
a mutual support network.
1. Montana Ecommerce Success Videos:
Compelling videos showing the diversity of innovations rural Montanans
have accomplished using Web Tools - as a catalyst to raise awareness
and the motivation to learn more.
2. A Montana Mentors Social Media Initiative will offer Free Online
Self-directed E-learning resources for rural citizens as a grassroots
open source initiative, with a plan to generate online for-profit
3. Local Innovation Incubators based at schools, libraries, and other
public institutions, initially as a service learning initiative, will
provide personal local support for sharing online citizen generated
videos, E-lessons, and mentoring services.
4. Online jobs and services will be quickly generated based on
documented mentoring successes as Montana Mentor's post video
testimonies justifying their development of for-profit mentoring
businesses. A competition format with peer evaluations will determine
the best Mentors providing fast-track outcomes.
5. Angel and Venture Capital Networks will be stimulated by broader
sharing of the process by which small tech business startups can be
Frank Odasz has been innovating online in rural Montana for over 25
A multimedia presentation for Governor Bullock and staff is recommended.
Frank@lone-eagles.com 406 683 6270