Archives for April 2016

GiveBig funds EMERGE Leadership training for LiHi affordable housing designer

Monica1GiveBig2016-LogoWith funds from GiveBig 2015, the EMERGE Leadership Project was able to offer Monica Joe, Housing Development Associate at Low Income Housing Institute (LiHi) a full scholarship for training and mentoring support. The intent of the scholarship is to help affordable housing designers like Monica be more effective in their efforts to provide affordable shelter and reduce homelessness.

LiHi has been developing and operating housing for low-income, homeless, and formerly homeless people in Washington State since 1991. The organization also advocates for just housing policies, which is what attracted Monica to the organization after receiving her Master’s in Urban Planning in 2015.  She assists LiHi with housing development, funding applications, and architectural drawings and coordinates the organization’s Tiny House project. The Tiny House project, a combined effort of LiHi with Nickelsville, SHARE/Wheel, the City of Seattle, Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd Housing Alliance aims to offer safer and more sound shelter alternatives in homeless encampments.

Monica says that the EMERGE Leadership Training helps her in this collaborative work: “We need to be experimental with our tiny house project, and to be open to seeing what works and what doesn’t together with our partners….I’m feeling less need to be controlling.”

Monica was “pleasantly surprised” at the emphasis in EMERGE on leadership tools and expertise over technical aspects of sustainability, as well as “connecting” with a more diverse support network. “It was really cool to meet professionals at different stages of their career and in different aspects of the building and design industry.”

Perhaps even more impressive is the question Monica now feels supported in bringing into every design discussion at LiHi: “‘Are we trying to create a community or are we just housing people.’ EMERGE helps me be more thoughtful in my leadership efforts.”

With GiveBig 2016 funding,  The EMERGE Leadership Project plans to continue providing leadership development and support to non-profits working for social justice in the built environment. Please consider contributing to the EMERGE Leadership Project a 501c3 charitable project at: https://givebig.seattlefoundation.org/npo/the-emerge-leadership-project. Any amount will be appreciated and the beauty of Give Big is that all contributions are stretched by a pool available to non-profits registered with the Seattle Foundation.

 

GiveBig funds EMERGE Leadership training for Environmental Works affordable housing designer

AaronGiveBig2016-LogoWith funds from GiveBig 2015, the EMERGE Leadership Project was able to offer Aaron Allan, a designer at Environmental Works (EW) a full scholarship for training and mentoring support. The intent of the scholarship is to help affordable housing designers like Aaron be more effective in their efforts to provide affordable shelter and reduce homelessness.

While working on his graduate degree at the University of Washington (2010-2012), Aaron wrote a paper focused on a non-profit architecture practice doing socially relevant work — his dream job.   He says finding a job at Environmental Works soon after getting his degree was “serendipitous.”

Environmental Works arose from actions by architectural students, who as part of the first Earth Day celebration took up residence at Fire Station 7, and were determined to “help those organizations and initiatives that needed professional expertise to launch, preserve, and sustain communities throughout greater Seattle.”

Aaron is using the EMERGE training to re-invigorate the non-profit’s commitment to green building. In a recent interview he told EMERGE that he is helping plan an eco-charrette for an affordable housing developer and will especially be “looking for opportunities to infuse Emerge leadership concepts into the charette process to make it more effective.”

He has also “downloaded” EMERGE concepts from the training with EW colleagues and is hoping to use them to inform a fundraising campaign for a community senior center. Aaron says “I learned the importance in telling a compelling story in order to influence others to think differently about these issues.”

Aaron is helping Monica Joe, another EMERGE Leadership scholarship recipient, with the Tiny House Project by providing construction design assistance. Monica coordinates the Tiny House Project which aims to offer safer and more sound shelter alternatives in homeless encampments.  More information about Monica’s role.

With GiveBig 2016 funding,  The EMERGE Leadership Project plans to continue providing leadership development and support to non-profits working for social justice in the built environment. Please consider contributing to the EMERGE Leadership Project a 501c3 charitable project at: https://givebig.seattlefoundation.org/npo/the-emerge-leadership-project. Any amount will be appreciated and the beauty of Give Big is that all contributions are stretched by a pool available to non-profits registered with the Seattle Foundation.

EMERGE Launches Book at Living Future ’16, Weds May 11th

International Living Future Institute logoEmerge Front Cover OnlyThis year is the 10th anniversary of the Living Future Conference, and it’s an important year for the EMERGE Leadership Project as well. Although it’s available now on-line, we’ll be officially launching the new book — EMERGE: A Strategic Leadership Model for the Sustainable Building Community at the conference.  Here’s our conference schedule:

Wednesday May 11th, 4 pm Presentation — Author Kathleen O’Brien will present ideas central to the book as well as share stories about how she came to write the book. A generous time will be provided for Q&A.

Wednesday May 11th, 5pm, Booksigning — At the ILFI Bookstore. Purchase your book and author Kathleen O’Brien will be available to autograph.

Thursday May 12th, 1:30-3pm, Speak Your Truth: Community Design. — Author Kathleen O’Brien will be participating in this quick-format, juried event, presenting in particular how the EMERGE Leadership Model can be used to accelerate sustainable community design.

If you have not registered for Living Future yet, EMERGE Community members receive a discount for the conference: Use Code EMERGE 10 to get 10% off your registration rate. (Note that as of April 27th rates go up.) Please note this discount does not apply to the Guest Pass or tickets to tours, workshops and summits, nor is it retroactively applicable or combinable with other Conference Pass discounts. Register here.

If you can’t come to Living Future, you can purchase the book on Amazon or Barnes and Nobles. Available in both print on demand and for Kindle.  More info on the book is a www.emergeleadershipthebook.org.

EMERGE & HEAT SPRING: The Perfect Learning Partnership for Strategic Leadership Education

HeatSpring logo (5)The EMERGE Leadership Project provides leadership development support including training, mentoring, and tools to green building professionals and advocates with the ultimate goal of making this world a better place for all living species, now and into the future. HeatSpring is an innovative educational platform offering high-quality content online courses by industry experts on topics such as solar energy, HVAC design, geothermal technology, and green building.
HeatSpring has recently become the home of the Sustainable Building Advisor Program, a training & exam certification program geared to industry professionals wanting a comprehensive treatment of green building. HeatSpring offers the program in a combination of on-line and local project experience formats. For this reason, Kathleen O’Brien, EMERGE Founder and instrumental in the long-time success of the highly respected SBA program, felt HeatSpring was the perfect partner for a new venture.
This Spring, O’Brien will release her new book, EMERGE: A Strategic Leadership Model for the Sustainable Building Community. Members of the sustainable building community who have participated in EMERGE programs have successfully launched policy initiatives, commercial enterprises, professional transitions, community projects and more. The book is intended to expand the EMERGE Leadership Project’s reach, sharing the model at the core of EMERGE programs, along with case studies, practical guidance, a personal leadership development template, and bonus exercises to assist the reader on their personal leadership journey.
Meanwhile, HeatSpring has released a FREE on-line course EMERGE:Strategic Leadership for the Sustainable Building Community consisting of 20 recorded presentations and interviews with the author on topics covered in the book. “The training offers a valuable learning experience tailored to the HeatSpring community, and we’re happy to offer it as a complement to Kathleen’s new book,” says Gabrielle Rossetti, Director of Product Development & Marketing at HeatSpring.
Although the course is framed as a three-week course, there’s no time-limit, so you can choose to watch the videos as you read the book. Or, you can prepare for the book by taking the course now!
For more information and a free preview (Chapter 1) of the book, go to www.emergeleadershipthebook.org.