Walking the Talk of a Global Economy

From Anne Clelland, founder of Handshake Media, Incorporated, a VT KnowledgeWorks member company:

We replied, "Yes!" to the email request from Jim Flowers, Executive Director of VT KnowledgeWorks, inviting local residents to provide guest lodging for students arriving from all over the world to the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Business Concept Challenge, August 29 – September 4, 2010.

While I, admittedly, can be very "rah-rah" about VT KnowledgeWorks, the answer wasn't an automatic reply.  I did the numbers:  I have lived with one other person or alone for almost 30 years, with the addition of one cat 6 years ago, and a second cat 3 years ago.  While that may sound like an isolated life, my spirit and creativity thrive in solitude.

My spirit and creativity also thrive when I live in the midst of people who are growing.  The ideas, the initiatives, the experimentation of people in the region in and around VT KnowledgeWorks are exhilarating, inspiring, and exciting.  

Jim Flowers, who envisioned the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Business Concept Challenge and brought together a community to make it happen, shows us that "regional economic development" will be an archaic term.  To develop and grow, we can't be and think in isolation.  We need to be and think globally.

I am neither an Athenian nor a Greek, but a citizen of the world.
– Socrates

Welcome, Citizen of the World, guest of VT KnowledgeWorks, to the home of Handshake.


More local hosts for the VTKW Global Student Challenge are needed.  Here's an excerpt from Jim's email:

It is 5 nights in one of your beds, five breakfasts, and a few pick-up/drop off trips.  In exchange, you get a fancy welcome dinner on Monday evening, 8/30, at the Inn at Virginia Tech, an informal, congratulate-the-winners dinner at Wikiteria (in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center) on Thursday, 9/2, PLUS great memories and new friends in far-away places.

Hard to say no to "friends in far-away places"! I invite you to join me in saying, "Yes!"

If you'd like to be a host, please contact Lindsey Eversole, [email protected], 540-443-9100.

Here's a Guide to the VTKW Global Student Challenge Teams (which will be my student?!), here's more about The Challenge and the schedule of events, where to register for the Workshop, Challenge, or as an advertiser, and where to register for the NCTC Fall Gala.


The VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Challenge is made possible thanks to the generous Global Challenge Event Sponsors, including COTA, G.J. Hopkins Inc., HCA VA Health System, Interactive Achievement, Novozymes, Oak Ridge Associated Universities, Rackspace, TechLab, and The Branch Group Inc.

Virginia Tech Office of Outreach and International Affairs, Montgomery County, Virginia, Panera Bread, and Custom Catering will sponsor meals during the Global Challenge Celebration. 

Welcome bags presented to each student finalist are sponsored by University Bookstore/Volume II Bookstore, the Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center, Downtown Blacksburg, Inc., Virginia Tech Graduate School, the Cranwell International Center at Virginia Tech, and Mountain Lake.

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