Thoughts from Bill Doty

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I’m taken by thoughts of innovation — we don’t even realize the innovation taking place at the micro scale with every action we’re taking — problem is, we’re waiting for big innovation and government rules. That doesn’t get to real lasting change, which happens from incremental steps every day. To say we need big innovations sets our expectations too high, it can let everyone down. Unfortunately, we try to compare sustainability to big and bold innovation. We need to get up every day and do what we do to improve our footprint. Those are the things that will make a real difference every day. It came home to me that none of us would be here without innovative work of David Beach, Holly Harlan, Sadhu Johnston, and others who took a risk to create something new and got support of foundations to create a place that’s an inspiration.

I realized I was not alone – this has become a family. It’s the same people over and over and over. It’s not some flash in the pan. These people get it. We’re all here and consistently talking about it, and influencing who we come into contact with.

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One Response to “Thoughts from Bill Doty”

  1. Thomas Says:

    There are a lot of “family members” who are not represented in this room, which means we are not tapping into energies of the Greater Cleveland community. I am afraid if we do not engage the African American community (for example), we will undermine our efforts at revisioning a “harmonious” future (as one of our participants described his vision). Is anyone working on promoting this dialogue and collaboration?

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