“Jump-Starting Rochester/America: New Narrative PART IV”

brucep
2 min readDec 1, 2020

Jump-Starting America” by MIT Professors Gruber and Johnson beknighted my home community Rochester, NY as having the #1 potential to be a “technology/innovation hub. Pre Covid I wrote about how serendipity and, perhaps synchronicity, of a chance encounter with one of the authors, lead to the creation of “Jump-Starting Rochester” (JSR). JSR formed as a fledgling grassroots movement with the mission of supporting the realization of that technology innovation potential. (links below)

What emerged early on from the book was the possibility, indeed, the necessity for a “New Narrative” for our community. In my previous posts (Part I and Part 2) detailing some thoughts about my own vision for our community. Two PARTS turned into Part 3, and now Part 4. Can they be fashioned into “One”?

Many things have changed since Part I. Covid is the most visible and for most the biggest, most general, almost universal change. This the kind of change we experience as happening “to” us rather than caused “by” us. “Disruption” is the label often ascribed to these kind of changes. Another kind of change occurs in our individual and collective response to the “disruption”.

There are, of course, changes that are initiated by us. These changes too can be disruptive but seem to come from a better place.

Covid as said, has certainly by all measures been and caused significant change. It has uncovered so many of the “fault lines” in our society and systems. Is it time to revisit our community’s narrative? If so, what should it be?

Here are the links to prior posts that hopefully, as background, prod your thinking. Or, just come join our Jump-Starting Rochester Community to help tell or write the “New Narrative”.

JSR “New Narratives” 1, 2 and 3:

PART I: “WE ARE NUMBER ONE”

PART II: “ASK NOT WHAT YOUR COMMUNITY CAN DO FOR YOU, JFK REVISITED”

PART III: “THE ONLY THING THAT CAN REPLACE A STORY MUST BE ANOTHER STORY? WHAT WILL THAT STORY BE? WHAT ROLE WILL YOU PLAY”

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