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Bojan FürstWelcome to the first edition of The Regional! We’re excited to share some of the stories happening in our province.

When my family and I decided to move to Newfoundland and Labrador some three years ago, there were many raised eyebrows. Friendly advice ranged from warnings that the weather is unpleasant, to the ominous statements that “that place is going to hell in a hand basket, and that everybody with their head screwed on right is leaving for the greener pastures.”

Not that it matter much what they said.

We landed in St. John’s in 2008 and found a vibrant, welcoming community and blueberry covered hills. Our two-year-old couldn’t believe her luck.

Six months ago I landed the best job at Memorial University - manager of knowledge mobilization with the Harris Centre. It sounds like a mouthful, but don’t forget that this is academia you are dealing with - we never miss a chance to make simple things sound complicated. The job, and I’ll tell you a bit more about it, came with a major perk - I get to see Newfoundland and Labrador through a whole new lens of people who work across the province to make their communities and regions successful.

As a manager of knowledge mobilization my job is to connect the needs of Newfoundland and Labrador communities and regions with the expertise that resides at Memorial. I am essentially a matchmaker and my tool of trade is our opportunity, research and expertise on-line database yaffle.ca. Yaffle is a true repository of ingenuity in this province. It is an essential component of a network of economic development practitioners, policy makers, experts, students and community champions. Yaffle would not be what it is without its users, so I do encourage all of you to register an account, and make it stronger with your own expertise and innovative ideas added to our collective knowledge.

Another funny thing happened over the last three years. The rest of Canada suddenly recognized just how wrong they were about this place. Now we get to be the lucky ones living in the most interesting, exciting, and thriving, part of the country - but then, Newfoundlanders and Labradorians always knew that to be true.

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Bojan Fürst
Manager of Knowledge Mobilization

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