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GiveBig to The EMERGE Leadership Project on TUESDAY, MAY 5th: Reason #2

Give Big May 5 2015
The EMERGE Leadership Project is dedicated to energizing the emergent leadership capabilities of green building professionals and sustainability advocates, with the ultimate goal of fostering a thriving and life-sustaining environment. While many sustainability projects focus on the results, the EMERGE Leadership Project’s “beam” is focused on the people who will bring those results into reality.

In her upcoming guide for green building practitioners and advocates, “Practicing Emergent Leadership: Leading for Change,” author (and winner of multiple leadership awards in the field) Kathleen O’Brien notes: “Given the urgency of our times, we need lots of leaders, and lots more effective ones. And given the complexity of the issues involved, we need these leaders to be working from multiple vantage points within and through our organizations, and at all levels of community. We cannot continue our simplistic reliance on leadership by charismatic celebrity, titled personality, and/or through legal force.”

To date, roughly 2000 individuals have attended workshops, seminars, and presentations conducted by The EMERGE Leadership Project to help them be more effective leaders. Kathleen has challenged herself and us to do more. “We need to expand our reach, and grow this leadership network exponentially. That’s the only way we can achieve our ultimate goal of TRUE sustainability.” For that reason, the Project is planning to distribute “Practicing Emergent Leadership: Leading for Change” as widely as possible. In addition to practical guidance on leadership development, this e- book will include inspiring case studies of individuals in the field who have successfully applied emergent leadership concepts. Book owners will have access to timely on-line resources. By defraying production costs, the Project hopes to distribute the book at low- to no-cost to as many people as possible at EMERGE events, and through distribution programs set up with like-minded organizations.

Please support this important aspect of making sustainability in the built environment real. Give Big to the EMERGE Leadership Project on May 5th through the Seattle Foundation, where your contributions are stretched through a special matching program. Thankyou. Whatever you can give, is appreciated.

GiveBig to The EMERGE Leadership Project on TUESDAY, MAY 5th: Reason #1

???????To anyone who cares deeply about our world and its future generations, it’s becoming increasingly clear that we need to be working from multiple vantage points in all aspects of society to achieve true sustainability – in our homes, in our workplaces, and in our communities. At the community scale, the built environment can both reflect and catalyze the transformation we need to address large scale issues such as climate change, affordable housing, community health and the like.
The Emerge Leadership Project is dedicated to energizing the emergent leadership capabilities of green building professionals and sustainability advocates, with the ultimate goal of fostering a thriving and life-sustaining environment. We have been grateful for the roughly 2000 individuals who have attended workshops, seminars and presentations to help them be more effective leaders in an increasingly complex world. We have been especially excited to see participants in our annual intensive workshop take the lessons learned and the leadership plans they have developed personally and in their workshop teams and achieve real results. (Some of these success stories have been reported in blog posts on our website. More will be reported in an upcoming book “Practicing Emergent Leadership.”) Although we do our best to keep costs down, some participants, particularly those working for government, non-profits (such as affordable housing agencies, renewable energy technical advisors, community-building activists, and green building advocates) have needed financial help attending.
In its third year, The Emerge Leadership Project is hoping to expand its impact in a number of ways: the first is to develop a formal scholarship program to reduce the cost of participating in the annual intensive at Islandwood. These scholarships will provide access to qualified green building professionals, community building activists, and sustainability advocates working for government and non-profits.
Please support this important aspect of making sustainability in the built environment real and rooted. GIVE BIG to the EMERGE Leadership Project on MAY 5th through the Seattle Foundation, when any contribution you make will be stretched through a special matching program. Thankyou. Whatever you can give, is truly appreciated.

EMERGE LF 2015 Exhibit Update

BoothA quick update to our EMERGE Leadership Project friends. The Trade Show at Living Future 2015 had some last minute change-ups. Our interactive booth 112 not 12. If you are the show, feel free to contribute to the thematic questions What is Place? What is Community? How can you build Community through Place?  Visual and/or words, no matter. Catch a hug from EMERGE Founder Kathleen O’Brien while you are there.

Chris Edlin, EMERGE Alumni from Inaugural Workshop Reports Back

chris-edlinChris Edlin, MA of Science in Env. Engineering, CSBA, LEED AP Homes, and LEED BD+C, recently shared what’s happened to him since he attended the EMERGE Leadership workshop (the first-ever!) in 2011. It’s easy to see why O’Brien & Company would support his attendance at EMERGE; he continues to proactively invest in his education and reflect this investment in his leadership. He was recently one of the first in the county to earn the new Provisional WELL Accredited Professional Credential. The WELL Building Standard, backed by health and design experts alike, offers a much needed framework for understanding, measuring and ultimately improving human health and wellbeing as direct outcomes from how buildings are designed and operated. Chris says he’s “excited about how WELL will deepen the impact of his work on the people inside the buildings he works on.” Watch the video, and if you are at Living Future 2015, look for Chris to ask him about his recent experience! Or contact him at chris@obrienandco.com.