The Berkshire Black Economic Council Presents

The 2020 Berkshire County
SUCC3SS Idea Jam Report

Creating a Framework for Black Economic Empowerment in the Berkshires

The SUCC3SS Idea Jam

What is the Berkshire County SUCC3SS Report?

The 2020 Berkshire County SUCC3SS Report is a summation of Findings from the 2020 Berkshire County SUCC3SS Idea Jam. This Idea Jam was a community event series designed to create a holistic, collaborative framework for a successful ecosystem for Berkshire Black businesses, community members, and the Berkshire County community at large.

The community came together using an Idea Jam methodology to establish the Berkshires as a model for Black Economic empowerment for counties across the North East.

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How to Read the Reports

Each Domain Report is broken into 5 major sections. 

The Overview
The Relevant Context
The Ideas
The Analysis
The Recommendations

There are also references for additional resources, research, and a link to a glossary of terms.

Overviews

Chairman's Letter
Summary of Recommendations
Resource Plan Summary

Cross-Cutting Themes

Recruitment & Retention
Neighborhood Revitalization
Leadership Development

Domains of Focus

Entrepreneurship
Arts & Culture
Education

Emerging Domains

Green Economy
Criminal & Social Justice
Food Sovereignty

FAQ

Most frequent questions and answers

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Meet the Contributors

Berkshire Black Economic Council Steering Committee

Auric Enchill, Elegant Stitches
Alfred Enchill, Elegant Stitches
Aj Enchill
Ari Zorn
John Lewis
Shirley Edgerton
Warren Dews

Idea Jammers

Abigail Linton
Alfred Sr Enchill
Auric Enchill, Elegant Stitches
Amber Besaw
Ari Zorn
Auric Enchill
Beverly Bolden
Brandon Mauer
Casey Ivery
Chirstopher Sewell
Dan Joselyn
Dennis Powell
Devon Moore
Dina Lampiasi
Dubios Thomas
Earl Persip
Faith Hawkins
Francis Someah-kwaw
Gwendolyn VanSant
Haiti Legacy
Harmony Edwards
James Birge
Jerome Edgerton
Joey Bennett
John Lewis
Joseph McGovern
Kadija Fofana
Kendric Reese
Lavante Wiggins
Leah Reid
Lia Spialiotes
Lorraine Jones
Marcus Coleman
Mike Obasohan
Oliva Jones
Otha Day
Patrick Gordon
Paula Lima Jones
Pops Perterson
Raei Bridges
Ranisha Grice
Rebecca Thompson
Reverend Akilah Edgerton
Roberta Dews
Ronny Brizan
Sabrina Allard
Segun Idowu
Sharron Frazier Mcclain
Sherrie Bethel
Shirley Edgerton
Tariq Pinkston
Tasha Berkeley Conyers
Taverick Roberson
Thomas Matkuso
Warren Dews
Sharron Frazier Mcclain
Shirley Edgerton
Warren Dews

Idea Jam Facilitators

Auric Enchill, Elegant Stitches
Alfred Enchill, Elegant Stitches
Ari Zorn
Dr Eden-Renee Hayes
Dubios Thomas
Raei Bridges
Reverend Akilah Edgerton
Roberta Dews
Sharron Frazier Mcclain
Shirley Edgerton
Warren Dews

Analysts

John Lewis, R3SET
Kamaar Taliaferro, R3SET
Patrick Danahey, R3SET
Devin Shea, R3SET

Writers

John Lewis
Pj Danahey
Kamaar Taliaferro, R3SET

Editors

Alyssa Mack, SP3AK EASY Studio
Kamaar Taliaferro, R3SET

Advisors

Segun Idawoo, BECMA
Malia Lazu, MIT
Peter Taylor
Jonathan Butler

About the SUCC3SS Idea jam

The 2020 Berkshire County SUCC3SS Idea Jam was a community event series designed to create a holistic, collaborative framework for a successful ecosystem for Berkshire Black businesses, community members, and the Berkshire County community at large.

The community came together using an Idea Jam methodology to est a vision of establishing the Berkshires as a model for Black Economic empowerment for counties across the North East.

The jams were held at the beginning of COVID-19, after transitioning the series from an in-person experience.

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