Posted October 20, 2021 by Mark Perna
Episode Title: Breaking Down the Siloes
Education, workforce, and economic development are deeply interrelated, but often operate in siloes. It’s time to change this. Find out how, next on The Perna Syndicate.
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This is The Perna Syndicate—hello and welcome! One of the biggest challenges facing economic developers is getting everyone in the community on the same page. Sure, we can get them all in the same room. We can even get a dialogue started. But there’s a breakdown when it comes to actually taking action.
Education is related to the workforce, which in turn is related to economic growth. But these three crucial areas often operate in isolation from one another, as if they don’t affect one another’s outcomes. Each group is so focused on its own metrics and goals, that they don’t realize there’s a bigger picture.
One of my missions is to show people that bigger picture and how to connect the dots between where students start and where they end up. Purpose is the connective tissue between all these different areas. Students who experience education with purpose will go on to pursue employment with passion.
Communities with a vibrant workforce will grow and thrive, fueling investment in education. It all comes full circle.
To make this happen, we have to break down the siloes and start focusing our efforts toward common goals. Our communities will only thrive when we all see a bigger vision for how young people move through their education and into the workforce, ready to succeed.
Tomorrow, I’m hosting the first-ever Education with Purpose: Call to Action livestream experience. The goal of this event is to break down those siloes and get everyone walking in lockstep toward their community’s vision for purpose-driven education and employment. You can find out more at EWPAction.com. Thanks for listening—we’ll see you back here tomorrow on The Perna Syndicate.