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E4S Network Reflects on Cleveland’s Future

November 25, 2008

Reports from the discussion groups

November 25, 2008

We have a roomful of around 200 people actively engaged  in making Northeast Ohio a sustainable place or a Green City on a Blue Lake. Sharing their visions below of how Cleveland might look in 2019:

The Cleveland Clinic farmer’s market drew an average of 2,000 a week, and created a new community, fulfilling a need.

Phillips reused the huts smokers once used as bike stations for their employees.

Common thread is a healthier Cleveland; We can market ourselves as a lower carbon community. We can tap into our ranking as the #2 local food market in the country.

Assets of Cleveland manufacturing – we have the dots, now it’s time to connect them.

We’re one truck day trip from the whole country’s population – we’re centrally located.

Our vision is a new Innerbelt Bridge (over untroubled waters). Connecting past and future again as the center of the transportation and energy sector. New energy will fuel our return to transportation center.

Sustainable Product Education Center: combines a sustainable product mart and education center to train and teach people how the products are developed and an incubator for new products and provides the touchpoint for the stories of innovation.

Filling the void left by policy and business is the faith community and groups like the Interfaith Power and Light.

Dovetail Solar and Wind is a renewable energy success story. The idea is to go from niche to mainstream.

Collaboration across sectors is needed and finding common ground.

Ron @ Green Source Products: We looked at a GreenCity on a Blue Lake as a creative entreprise. Use the natural resources we have; Manufacturing workers and tech can be a springboard; Regionalism is needed; look to leading practices here like Fairmount Minerals; our international connections i.e. the Cleveland Clinic; pride we take in our ethnic diversity is a strength we have here; Local farmer’s markets are growing.

“Business as Unusual” – a theme that leverage the heritage of what Cleveland known for and reinvent them for new economy. If we get this right and integrate they’ll be embedded in everything we do (we won’t need to call it out as something special). Wind assets and cold weather are opportunities for green building but will only happen if true spirit of collaboration between business, education and across state lines to similar regions like Pittsburgh.

Repurpose things — water, energy, deconstructing our traditional ideas for the city; a positive vision for the future; Clevelanders are not good storytellers. We need to reinstill the pride and ability to share those stories.

Community and foundation support has fueled the nonprofits. The crux is the passion and curiosity that you can find here. Our manageable size. The legislation and federal and state support — how can we fill out the empty bills that are sitting there. Feasibility study for exploring wind offshore.

Meredith a Weatherhead student – the hard working people in Cleveland do the clean work. Rezoning to do urban farms and reverting to how we used to look. A clean swimmable lake. Mistake on the lake no more. Recognition as top sustainable city. A model city. Fresh water resources.

Passion and adversity facing crisis. Harmony – what can be done if we see the advantages of harmony is a balance or a process not a final resting place. As we manage what is good for individual and balance with what is good for the collective we’ll be a model.

Paul Alsenas – one of first rules of innovation is to break the rules. We started out as conversation we talked about our passions and food kept coming up. We have Chris Hopkins who grew up on a farm. We talked about how do we make our region a food system that’s local and sustainable?

1. Water

2. We have world class farmland

3. Dense urban population – ethnic and rural/urban

How convert it to a local food system?

Our robust network of farmer’s markets – what can we learn from them? We have the first national park that’s looking at growing food.

We have Chris Norman taking over Crown Point Ecology Center moving us in new directions.

Transforming the education system to get kids to understand where does our food come from, how to prepare food; how do capture what we grow for fuel?; how do we lower the cost of public service through controlling land use.

City Mission redefining collaboration – started when city of Cleveland approached six churches and sought their help in meet the needs of hungry families. The DNA of being collaborative was there, but forgotten. Wanted to reconnect with collaborative spirit. Saw opportunity to work with Cleveland Food Bank because they expanded view of what’s possible.

Cooperrider opens the day

November 25, 2008

From David Cooperrider’s opening address

I see business as a force for peace, business as a force for eco-innovation.

A leader is anyone who chooses to make a difference.

As a city to be able to put our arms around this idea of becoming a green city on a blue lake – this is our time.

Recounting a meeting with business guru Peter Drucker about social responsibility for business.

Algae ponds in Cleveland? I didn’t know that we had those!

6,000 sustainability entrepreneurs in Cleveland, Cooperrider says.

Back to Drucker and a question about sustainability “Will this pay off for companies?” Drucker’s answer: Every single social and global issue today is a business opportunity.

Cooperrider: We’ve built that philosophy into Business as an Agent of World Benefit (BAWB).

“The task of leadership to create an alignment of strengths in ways that make the system’s weaknesses irrelevant.” –Drucker

That’s a theme we’ll weave in today.

Ban Qui Moon told Cooperrider we’re able to eradicate poverty if we choose.

Now he’s talking about Nano Solar, a start up from the Google creators. Spray on solar. Can put it on Reynolds (sp?) Wrap.

He calls us “The Privileged Generation”. There’s much truth to that, but Cooperrider means we can tap innovation and solve the world’s problems.

Appreciative Inquiry: No problem can be solved by the same consciousness that created it.

Imagine Cleveland…Is it possible that sustainability is the regional economic opportunity of the 21st century. I look at companies that missed it — “General Motors, who was managing them” – but we’re creating the next chapter. Stories have wings and they fly from mountain top to mountain top (Bolivian proverb).

No we’re moving into the set up to the AI session…