We believe that there is a need for a new model for inclusive economic development, one that takes into account the whole system.
We know that to build these complex yet accessible systems, we must act in interdependent, inclusive and equitable ways.
We understand that these living systems evolve in complex ways, and that without collectively-held intent, they cannot grow to their full natural potential.
We recognize that to surface this collectively-held intent, there is a new emerging role, profession and community of practice that is required—that of the ecosystem builder.
We are mindful that as an emerging field, these ideas will be new to many people. We must practice grace, humility and empathy as we work with each other to evolve these new ways of thinking.
We embrace that we are a large group of leaders and catalysts with diverse backgrounds, skills, experiences, expertise, motivations and visions for the future.
We are encouraged that in a world of increasing complexity, it is the inclusion of these diverse perspectives that will allow us to innovate, design, and deliver sustainable solutions for our ever-evolving communities.
We, as a community of practice, are here to support the development of 1) each other; 2) each other’s communities; and 3) the principles, culture, tools and metrics necessary to infuse entrepreneurship more deeply into our economics.
We acknowledge that change is difficult and requires sacrifice, and that growing healthy ecosystems often requires balancing the maximization of short-term outputs against a need to work with a long-term view. These challenges are essential—and important—to our success.
We pledge to pursue this vision together—to ensure that the makers, the doers and the dreamers from all demographics of society have the opportunity to change their circumstances and to have a positive influence on themselves and the world.
Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Building Playbook, Kauffman Foundation