How do we go about creating the Paradigm shift; innovating and collaborating to bring sustainable neighborhoods to the market? A friend told me of the “Network of Key Influencers” process practiced by Susan Davis since the 1970s and it sounded like just the ticket!
Susan begins by gathering peer recommendations so the Network will be made up of a talented team from a wide range of sectors, balanced by age, gender, race and geography. Nominees are chosen for their
- integrity and innovations
- their ability to collaborate
- high credibility in their field
- their innate spiritual connection and willingness to serve the highest good for all
- and their passion for the network’s mission;
In this case, we’re talking about a team that is passionate about creating thriving, vibrant, alive, mixed-use, mixed-income sustainable neighborhoods that are “good for people, good for the planet, and good for the polar bears.”
I’m on this mission, searching for this awesome group of talented folks. Think about the sectors in the graphic above, and if someone comes to mind, email me their name and I’ll interview them! So far, I’ve interviewed 19 people, getting their recommendations and feedback. Once Susan has gathered a list of recommended “Key Influencers”, the nominees are invited to a Founder’s Retreat, where a dynamic community resource gets initiated. Maybe you’re reading this and saying to yourself “Dang, I would love to be on this team!” Hey, don’t be shy! Email me at “Contact” and we’ll set up a time to get together.
Whether you’re a pioneer lone wolf innovator, or a collaorator, we all have essential parts to play. Together we can make sustainable neighborhoods real!
The challenges before us are so huge, we all can get feeling overwhelmed. One of the great quotes that give me inspiration and assurance comes from Margret Mead. I’m sure you’ve heard it before, but it never gets old. Here it is again:
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”