In the spirit of community efforts to generate ideas for how the Google Fiber implementation (which we covered a few weeks ago) can changes lives in Kansas City, The Brainzooming Group is excited to announce we are partnering with Social Media Club of Kansas City to facilitate a large-scale brainstorming session with a cross-community group to address the topic.

The day-long session, facilitated using the Brainzooming methodology and strategic thinking exercises, will address needs and opportunities for a variety of communities within Kansas City.

Concepts and ideas generated during the strategic ideation session will be posted online and made available to the community, organizations, developers, and innovators interested in pursuing the concepts to change the lives of Kansas Citians.

The full press release for the event is at the end of this post.

How Can Brainzooming Readers Get Involved?

All of you are invited to provide your ideas and thoughts in an online survey to help shape the in-person brainstorming session. This approach is the same we use with clients to bring as many diverse perspectives as possible into an in-person brainstorming and strategic thinking session.

We'll be providing updates throughout the process here and at the main website for the event.

This is one of the most exciting efforts we've been involved with and can't wait until October 3 to get going on it! -  Mike Brown


Social Media Leaders Seek Kansas City's Roadmap to Gigabit City

Group to Brainstorm Strategies to Quickly Capitalize on Google High-Speed Fiber

09.15.2011– The area's most avid internet users and innovators will convene with business, education and civic leaders to brainstorm ways to capitalize on Google's bestowment of ultra-high speed fiber internet network upon Kansas City.

After Google announced last spring that Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri are the two initial cities to benefit from "internet access more than 100 times faster than what most Americans have today," the task falls to the community to determine the best ways this technological gift should be used.

In response, the Social Media Club of Kansas City (SMCKC) will host "Building the Gigabit City: Brainstorming a Google Fiber Roadmap" October 3rd at the Kansas City (MO) Public Library Central Branch, one of the event's major sponsors.

SMCKC member Mike Brown, founder of The Brainzooming Group, will lead the invitation-only, daylong work session. Brown volunteered to fully donate the company's innovation services and the Brainzooming Methodology to the session that will bring together more than 50 individuals from SMCKC as well as the broader community—a combination of visionary entrepreneurs, developers, business leaders and creators.

A public presentation of preliminary results from the Gigabit City session and a call for public input will be conducted from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Kansas City Public Library Central Branch Helzberg Auditorium at 14 W. 10th Street in Kansas City, MO.

"The importance of not only accepting this tool from Google, but using it with an eye towards long-term success cannot be overstated," Brown said. "The Brainzooming Group is based in Kansas City, and our method successfully allows a large, diverse group to actively contribute and shape ideas. That diversity of thinking is exactly what's needed to bring the community's best ideas to the surface."

The public is invited to share their thoughts about community needs and opportunities that gigabit home internet might help address prior to the workshop by completing an online survey at Data collected from the survey will be used to stimulate a focused, facilitated workshop designed to yield hundreds of potential ideas and at least 25 refined application concepts about what Google Fiber might mean to consumer households.

"We want to lay a framework on which businesses and individuals can develop opportunities on the social web within the Kansas City community, positioning the region as a national leader in the social technology and innovation space," said Joe Cox, president of the Social Media Club of Kansas City. "As a metro area we will have a short window as the first gigabit city, and we believe in getting ideas on the table and into action as quickly as possible to take full advantage of the opportunity we have been given."

Session output will also be shared with the public online as a crowdsourced foundation of opportunities and concepts for creation of positive economic, educational and lifestyle changes in Kansas City.

Other sponsors for "Building the Gigabit City" include Polsinelli Shughart PC and KCNext.

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