20 February 2011

Experiencing Transformational Leadership

Posted by Admin under: Events; Forum; Future; Inspiration; Leadership; Organization .

We had an interesting experience of the power of transformational leadership at our meeting on February 19, which brought more than 30 sustainability change leaders together to discuss the challenges we face as a species, and what we can do about it, both globally and locally.

I observed at the beginning that people had not come out just for an interesting discussion, from which they would go home to business as usual; and indeed a number of interesting and practical projects emerged from the conversation.

The agreement was that I would publish and send out a list of these projects, and the proponents will provide more details, which can then be posted and people invited to join. Here they are, in brief:

  1. “Our World, Our Choice” (Judith Robinson) – a project to use corporate campuses for agricultural production, especially with young “urban farmers”
  2. “Value Accounting” – Peter Burgess’ lifelong quest to bring the principles of accounting to the creation of actual value, and vice versa
  3. “Green Projects Pipeline” (Chuck Bins and Frank Wennin) – a way to coordinate, generate, and support green projects, jobs, and training, bringing together LOHAS, social enterprise, and the sustainability movement to create opportunities for all
  4. Accelerating the growth of the SLF through social media – May Li  offered to lead a group to get us hip with Facebook, Twitter, etc.
  5. Preserve Graystone” (John Huebner) – an extraordinary effort to save an extraordinary building and the open space around it.

While not presented as specific projects, there are also opportunities to participate in our initiatives in and for Haiti; in the development of the Morristown EcoCenter; and in other SBI and SLF initiatives. It’s our view that the members’ involvement in these projects will also count toward their “volunteer hours” for the SLF. We need help coordinating these initiatives, and will be looking to our volunteers for this, perhaps through an online system of some kind.

In addition, we discussed a number of other steps, including an online sign-up for membership, event notices, conference calls, volunteer time-tracking, our unique membership and microloan programs, and turning every meeting into an action-enabling event.

This doesn’t mean that we in any way glossed over the deeper issues raised by the questions and essays leading up to the discussion. One of our co-founders and board member Doug Cohen led a powerful group discussion into the issues and challenges we face, both locally and globally, and we invite those with thoughts on these topics to continue to share them as comments on the web site to this and other posts.

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Correction: We'll be hosting this year's holiday potluck — "Bringing Solar Power Home for the Holidays" — on Saturday, December 15, from 4 to 9 p.m. Click here for more details. RSVP to [email protected].
Saturday, November 17, 2012, 10 a.m. Eastern: Sustainable Neighborhood & Community Conversations (III).
Saturday, October 13, 2012, 10 a.m. Eastern: Transforming Neighborhoods and Communities II.
Saturday, September 8, 2012, 10 a.m. Eastern: Transforming Neighborhoods & Communities.
Saturday, June 16, 2012: SLF Potluck June 16: Sustainable Living Communities.
The Sustainable Haiti Conference took place April 23-25, 2012 in Miami.
"Inside Job" Movie Party. Saturday, February 11th, 6:00 PM, Liberty Ridge, The Hills, Bernards Twp, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920.
2nd 'Buy Haitian, Restore Haiti Conference', January 26, 2012, Karibe Convention Center, Petion Ville, Haiti
Dec 11 SLF Potluck: "Bringing Sustainability Home for the Holidays" Basking Ridge, NJ. RSVP to [email protected].
Saturday, July 9, 2011, 4 p.m. Open House Party & Potluck, Saturday, July 9, 4 p.m., Basking Ridge, NJ.
RSVP to [email protected]
Saturday, May 21, 1-4 p.m. EcoCenter Update. At the Morristown EcoCenter, 55 Bank Street, Morristown, NJ 07960.
Saturday, April 16, 1-4 p.m. "Haiti & Us: The Leading Edge of Sustainable Development." At the Morristown EcoCenter, 55 Bank Street, Morristown, NJ 07960. A copy of the update presentation has been posted here.
Saturday, March 19, 1-4 p.m. "Creating the Morristown EcoCenter." Held at 55 Bank Street, Morristown, the site of the proposed EcoCenter.
Saturday, February 19, 1-4 p.m. Monthly meeting, ""A Profound Transformation in Consciousness," Morris County Library, Whippany, NJ. Click here for details.
Saturday, January 15, 1-4 p.m. Putting Idealism into Practice: Tour of Half Moon House. Click here for details.
Saturday, December 18, 1-4 p.m. Challenge & Strategy Session: "Reinventing Wealth," followed by our annual "Potluck for the Planet" from 4 to 8. Click here for details.
Saturday, November 20, 1-4 p.m. Challenge & Strategy Session: "How Do We Measure Sustainable Value?". Click here for details.
Saturday, October 16, 1-4 p.m. Challenge and Strategy Session: "Toward a Sustainable Growth Strategy for New Jersey".
Download the slide presentation here, and the discussion paper here.

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"Nearly every man who develops an idea works it up to the point where it looks impossible, and then he gets discouraged. That's not the place to become discouraged."
(Thomas A. Edison—thanks to Regan Caton)

"Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” (G.B. Shaw)

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