Archives for September 2014

On “The Way” Again!

OntheWayBuenas Dias, mis amigos and la communidad de EMERGE! After a two-year hiatus due to physical challenges, John and I are embarking on our third “leg” of The Way, starting tomorrow, September 22,2014!  On our last trip we managed to cross over the Pyrenees from France into Spain after having completed the French Chemin de St. Jacques. This time our plan is fairly modest – the 100 miles between Pamplona and Burgos.  It will be an opportunity for both of us to clear our minds and ready ourselves for our respective, and very busy fall/winter schedules.

As some of you know I’ve been writing a book on EMERGE Leadership. I managed to wrap up the first (very rough) draft and get that out to a few wonderful volunteer readers this week, just in time to pack! When I return in October my first priority will be to take the book to the next level. My (not so secret) desire is to have advanced copies on hand for the EMERGE workshops in January…but we shall see!  The Camino de Santiago has been a wonderful exercise in practicing patience and experiencing the joy of really seeing!  I am hopeful it will once again provide perspective on our leadership initiative. Have a wonderful several weeks; I will be back in the saddle by October 20, 2014.

For those with questions about the EMERGE events coming up, several EMERGE alumni have stepped up to provide coverage. Just check out the events page for the specific event you are interested in and you’ll see who is acting as a resource for that event until I return. If you have difficulty with website functionality, please contact

Buen Camino! – Kathleen O’Brien

EMERGE Leadership School Bells Ring!

SchoolhouseThis weekend, the change in the air that says “school” was palpable, even here on beautiful and (still sunny) Bainbridge Island, Washington.  Berry’s are going by, the marine air has a “Fall” weight to it, and the book I’ve been writing on EMERGE Leadership this summer is nearly written!  (Three more chapters. So….close.)

So it’s timely to post this winter’s workshop schedule and launch registration.  Take advantage of Earlybird registration options and nail down your commitment to yourself now before the year gets away from you!  And double down your savings with the special “Local Champion” discount which rewards SBA grads and/or active members in local green building and sustainability non-profits.

We have three unique learning events planned for green building practitioners and activists this upcoming “school” year:

January 8-10, 2015:  Islandwood EMERGE Leadership Weekend Residency.  This year, we’ll be opening the Islandwood workshop on Friday night, offering more opportunity to retreat and relax in a beautiful LEED Gold Educational Center set on 250-plus acres.  On-Site lodging included. More information at:

January 14-15, 2015: Los Angeles EMERGE Leadership Workshop.  We’re partnering with the LA Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council to hold this two-day intensive at the Southern California Gas Energy Resource Center.  More information at:

February 28, 2015: First Annual EMERGE Alumni Summit: The theme for this summit is “Building the Beloved Community. This one-day event is intended to refresh, restore, and re-ignite our EMERGE Alumni community.  We’ll convene at a beautiful private retreat location on Bainbridge Island. More information at: