ILFI’s Trim Tab Features the EMERGE Leadership Model

This week, the most delicious treat arrived in my in-box. Trim Tab (Volume 18)’s Summer Edition features the first published explanation of the EMERGE Leadership Model, the foundation for the EMERGE Leadership Project (ELP). 13_TT18_summer_cover_smallWe urgently need more effective leaders, and more of them. For more details, you can read my article: EMERGE: Effective Leadership for Sustainable Solutions that Stick.”

Associated with the article is a case study in which EMERGE principles were applied. This is a planning project for a very special place, the Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands. The project, which was led by Berger Partnership and included O’Brien & Company’s participation was stimulus for articulating how EMERGE Leadership principles could be applied in a collaborative community planning project. You can read the Case Study.

Trim Tab offers other nourishment to green building leaders: a great conversation with one of the most humble (and for that I really appreciate him) movement leaders out there, Paul Hawken, a feature on child-centered design, and a wonderful report on and call to further local leadership by Mona LeMoine in the feature “Rooted in the Region.”

And finally, the issue features one of my favorite examples of transformative thinking and doing: the Bertschi School’s Science Wing, the fourth project in the world and the first in Washington State to achieve full certification under the Living Building Challenge, and the first ever to receive certification under Version 2.0 of the system. If you’ve attended the EMERGE Leadership Workshop you know a bit about this story, including the fact that the design team, the Restorative Collective, offered to do its work pro bono as a means to learn together, despite the fact that collective members sometimes compete with each other, trashing two assumptions that a) consultants are all about the money, and b) consultants can’t collaborate to break new ground. Transformation.

A great summer or anytime read.