Living Laboratory

Tennessee Global Innovation Hub -- Nashville

A Living Laboratory for Urban Solutions™ in Nashville, Tennessee, USA


Global Action Platform is the anchor organization and regional lead for the Tennessee Global Innovation Hub--Nashville, a regional initiative to connect the area's universities, investment funds, and business leadership in a strategy for growing an innovation hub with global markets in Middle Tennessee. Urban solutions for providing for the nutrition, health, and economic opportunity of cities will be tested and modeled here and elsewhere to accelerate broad economic prosperity.


Global Action Platform builds its model on over ten years of applied practice in regions, drawing on concepts from Michael Porter, Bruce Katz, and original research on how cities can prepare for the world's growing urban population. Global Action Platform provides best practice research and neutral community facilitation to implement effective models and strategies in four key areas:

innovation economy

workforce and talent

collaborative governance

quality place.


The Global Action Platform innovation hub model can be implemented by any city to address needs for inclusive prosperity, cross-sector collaboration, and urban sustainability. As the world's population grows to 10 Billion in 2050 with 75% of the population living in cities, new models of urban innovation will be critical.  

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Global Action Platform serves as the neutral convener and anchor organization for the creation of an innovation hub with global markets in Nashville, and in other communities and regions.

With ten R1-R3 research universities, growing capital markets and investment funds, and a strong entrepreneurial culture and history, Middle Tennessee is poised to become a global center for creativity and innovation.

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Global Action Platform has proven itself to be an effective convener for leading experts, investors, corporate executives, researchers, and NGO leaders, who intend to develop and implement urban solutions for nutrition, health, and shared prosperity.

In every community in every country, we bring a singular message, that lives are improved when engaged leaders work together to create solutions for abundant food, health and prosperity.

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