Abstract and Keywords
How does a postconflict region realize an economic peace dividend creating opportunities for its population when faced with a competitive global economy, an absence of trust among key parties, and the past often competing with and beating the future for attention? Inspired by parallels in the transformation of San Diego, California, Northern Ireland Science Park launched NISP CONNECT in 2008 to create an independent platform using incubators for the business community and academia to own, direct, and deliver support to help make the region’s entrepreneurs more successful. Key stakeholders are collaborating to compete, and there is an impressive contribution of pro bono time from volunteers from the business community’s most experienced and connected people. The early outcomes of Northern Ireland’s transformation journey draw on a successful model 6,000 miles away in California and suggest some parallel social dynamics with potential value to other regions in transition.
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