Fighting brain drain April 26, 2006Posted by Tom in Opinion, Workforce.
Many communities, especially in the "Rust Belt," find that they are experiencing a brain drain – a loss of young, talented people to other cities. Conventional wisdom states that this talent, if the community was able to retain them, would be the bedrock of a bright future for the community.
The rationales behind the brain drain are a classic matter of perspective. Forging Innovation offers the oft-overlooked 20-something perspective on brain drain:
- We want to have ample opportunity to establish relationships with other young people
- We want a chance to make it big–high-powered jobs, rapid advancement, $$$
- We want to have fun–it has to be easy to get around to a variety of places that provide (See #1)
Sounds simple, but this has been very hard to implement. Hence the brain drain continues…