Author Archive

“Can I count on you to lead?” – Holly Harlan

November 26, 2008

Quotes from 2008 Champions of Sustainability

November 26, 2008

“Train, engage, and empower kids.  Kids can create great change and it’s easy to forget that.  Communicate what you are passionate about.” – John Farber, Old Trail School

“I’m just telling the story of my clients.” – Beth Yurich, Yurich Creative

“It doesn’t feel like a leap when you have partners who are just as passionate as you.  I can’t do it alone.  If we as a community are ready, it can happen.” -Chris Kious, A Piece of Cleveland

“It’s all about each and every one of us coming together and making a difference.” – Margie Flynn, BrownFlynn

New Story Panel – What’s innovative in Cleveland?

November 26, 2008

The little things that go on every day in sustainability make Cleveland unique and powerful. – Bill Doty

Cities thrive or fail on a million different decisions that go on every day.  These decisions make a great city. – David Beach

Little innovations that can change entire industries.  We often think of change is either or (top-down or bottom-up, inside-out or outside-in).  But it can be whole system instead.  Collaboration.  Unite our strengths.  We must strive for wholeness.  Sustainability is a lens that crosses all borders and brings out the best in all of us. – David Cooperrider

Personal role in creating change.  What’s the individual role in driving change?  What’s the individual role inside all of the organizations of which they’re a part?  What’s the organization’s role in creating change?

If they don’t get it, I don’t try and shove it down their throats.  I just keep doing what I do every day to implement sustainability until people begin to see and understand why. – Bill Doty

There is no “them”.  Speaking to people as if they’re already part of the tribe.  Communication is super important.  I don’t have the luxury of thinking that there is ever a “them” or an “us”. -Linda Robson

Energy and ideas.  Engaging yourself in a way so that you affect change. – Andrew Watterson

Keep sharing those stories with our young people.  the professor that closes the book and says, “there you have it, we’re screwed.” too little, too late.  It’s important to share these stories and lift these up.  The importance of positivity: we need the inspirations, the hope, the courage.  Bring the schools into the engaged process with us. – David Cooperrider

“What is a catalyst for change? Crisis and vision.”

November 25, 2008

Some Answers to the Three Questions…

Question 1:  Examples of Leadership

Farmer’s Market inside the Cleveland Clinic.

Cyclist Shelters.

Persistence, enthusiasm, activism, creativity – success – fulfilling a community need – wanting to create a healthier community.

Question 2: Strengths of Cleveland

“We have the dots, now it’s time to connect them.”

“Cleveland is a doable size.”

Networking as a key strength in Cleveland.  Medical community and care as a strength.  People and pride in ethnic diversity.  Local farmer markets in different communities around Cleveland.   World-class farmland.  Under-utilized urban land.

Question 3: Imagining Cleveland’s Future

2019 Headlines:

“USA’s #1 Most Sustainable City”

“Bridge Over Untroubled Waters”

“Business as Usual” – If we get this right, 12 years from now, all sustainability initiatives will be so embedded into our lifestyles so that it is no longer unusual.  We need to leverage the heritage of what Cleveland is know for and good at.

Regional collaboration.  Triple bottom line.  Re-purpose everything.  Deconstruct traditional ideas for the city.  Use crisis as a springboard.  Keep positivity and passion in storytelling.  Reversing suburban sprawl.  Clean land and the first freshwater wind farm.  Environmental literacy.

“One of the first rules of innovation is: break the rules.”

Imagining Cleveland’s Future

November 25, 2008

No more regular cars, all hybrid cars.  Public transportation with choices for mode of transport – complete the street with equal importance for biking, cars, and buses/rail.  Fuel efficiency.

Mandatory green building.  Changes in energy efficiency of buildings.  Create opportunities/flexibility for architects/designers/constructors to use innovation and new technology.  Eliminating strict systematic guidelines that squander creativity.  Renewable energy integrated into buildings.

Ordinance changes – have planning on the local level that facilitates those who want to make positive change.

Regional food systems – variety of foods, reduce carbon footprint, get rid of mass-produced.  Resort to old methods of food storage in the winter.  Micro-processing.

Using more renewable energy sources.  Biodiesel, wind, solar.  Make them more cost effective so that they pay off.  Think about how we generate our energy.  Wind turbines on the lake.  Creating mutual funds around alternative energy sources with policy change.

Climate action plan on local level.  Per capita emissions.

More environmental education like the program at Tri-C.

“Financial capital will follow innovation.” – Andrew Watterson

“In 2019, Sustainability isn’t going to be a buzzword, it’s going to be a way of life.” – Bob Lubecky

Three Questions

November 25, 2008

1.  Telling your own story about You as a Leader of Collaborative Change – A “High Point” Experience

2.  Innovations in Sustainability: A Search for “Golden Innovation” and Insight across Cleveland and Northeast Ohio.

3.  Your Images of Cleveland’s New Story

David Cooperrider begins telling the story of opportunity

November 25, 2008

“Every social and global issue of out day is a business opportunity in disguise.”

“The task of leadership is to create an alignment of strengths…making a system’s weaknesses irrelevant.” – Peter Drucker quoted by David Cooperrider.

“We’re on the eve of something really important.” – We’re at an amazing point in history in which everything we do, think, and choose can make a difference.  “What an incredible period of time that we’re living in!” – David Cooperrider

“I refuse to miss this opportunity.”

“Sustainability is going to give birth to the imagination and to new business opportunities.  Our region has this opportunity, and I certainly don’t want to miss it.”  – Cooperrider