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About

Big Picture, Long Term

Bringing public, private, non-profit, and academic leaders together to learn from each other and find truly sustainable solutions for our businesses, communities, and the world.

It's a bold vision, but we have the expertise, the education and the experience to implement this project.  

Dan Pike has managed a half-billion dollar project for the state department of transportation through a severe funding crisis, keeping the project moving forward even as replacement funding was identified and secured.  He served as Mayor of Bellingham, a city renowned for its ethic of sustainability, garnering recognition both for his environmental and his fiscal leadership as he successfully managed the city through the recession.  He has over thirty years of connecting with technical, political and thought leaders in sustainability and resilience.

Scot Barg has consulted for Fortune 500 corporations, managed Harvard executive education programs on leadership, change and technology in government organizations, and helped to build a methodology for measuring non-financial value that was endorsed by the Federal Chief Information Officers (CIO) Council.  

Working together, we bring the complementary skillsets and connections necessary to deliver the project objectives. 

Big Picture, Long Term is dedicated to building a better understanding of true sustainability by providing a trusted venue where thought leaders from diverse perspectives can engage with and learn from each other.

To move beyond the usual rancor and partisanship that characterizes much of the dialog on sustainability, we will interview business, government, non-profit, and academic leaders from multiple disciplines. We will compare, contrast and distill those insights into radio, video and print media, and invite you and other leaders to engage with these ideas through our website and our executive education sessions.

Our research, education and outreach will provide clients, students and the larger community with the information and the tools to make and implement better-informed decisions in everything from their personal lives to the organizations they manage, and to see the interconnectedness between isolated actions and the larger implications of those actions in the community, region, nation and planet.

Big Picture, Long Term is working with the Huxley College of the Environment and the WWU College of Business and Economics to develop executive education programs for senior managers from the public, private and nonprofit sectors to gain insights into how those agencies and organizations can better fulfill their missions through Triple Bottom Line management—that is, by paying equal attention to long term environmental, social and fiscal sustainability. 

Risks and challenges

One of the greatest risks is to do nothing in the face of a crisis. We cannot do nothing, when we see the opportunity to put our skills and experiences to work to connect people in leadership with the solutions and practices that will help get our communities, regions and planet to a new, better paradigm.

We have, over the course of a year of vetting the idea, examined potential barriers to program delivery and identified requisite solutions. Several key issues are detailed below; if you have questions about some other aspect, please contact us and we will address your specific inquiry, too.

The primary risks for backers of the project is that it is unsuccessful. Towards that end, we spent nearly a year--since early December 2013--working with the Deans of Huxley College and the College of Business and Economics at Western Washington University (rated the top college of its type by US News and World report and the top public university producer of Fulbright scholars in the nation) to test the business and academic model for the program.

Every test has demonstrated this program will work, and that there is demand for it.

There are also risks of unforeseen delays in textbook development. Towards that end we are partnering with an experienced K-12 producer of textbooks in this area as we develop the graduate level text over the next eighteen months. Discussions with leaders in the academic and corporate worlds have indicated a strong demand for this text.

With regard to podcasts, radio and print syndication several interviews have already been recorded, including the Vice President of Philosophy at Patagonia and the Poet Laureate of Alaska (who writes extensively on the impacts of climate change on her state). There are many people eager to share their knowledge, so lining up interview subjects is not a risk. However, the business model for most media, including public radio and syndicated print materials is in some turmoil today. This makes delivery of the radio and print aspects of the program less likely to deliver a strong financial return to help underwrite the ongoing program. We have planned for this, and are planning to balance the required cash flows from other program components.

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    Every dollar counts! Every partner in this program, whatever the dollar level is truly appreciated, and will be listed on the Big Picture, Long Term website.

    Partners will also receive an email of thanks and appreciation. Your ideas and your monetary support will help us change the world!

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    If you can afford to give more, we can do more. At the ten dollar level, besides the recognition on our website, and an email of thanks, you will also get an electronic copy of the materials used in one lecture within a symposium.

    You can choose the symposium you'd like to get the materials from, so the materials better match your area of interest.

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    Woohoo!! We know that for many of you, $25 means a lot, and it means a lot to us, too! Thanks so much for your contribution.

    Bellingham was one of the first cities to adopt a plastic bag ban, and I'm proud it happened while I was mayor. Even if your community has not yet banished plastic bags, we'll send $25 partners their own reusable shopping bag, so you can make the choice to improve the world one shopping trip at a time!

    Of course, you will also receive recognition on our website, and an email of thanks.

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    Thank you, thank you, thank you! Your contribution is really helping us set the stage for an essential paradigm shift.

    While I know that the thanks alone is sufficient to you for joining this partnership, we want to do a little more. Reflecting your interest in creating positive change, we will provide you the full electronic version of background course materials from a course of your choosing, as well as an eco-shopping bag with our logo.

    As with all our partners, you will also receive recognition on our website, and an email of thanks.

    Please note that you will receive your rewards as soon as they are produced. Most of your rewards shortly after the close of the campaign, if successful.

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    Thanks so much for your help! It's clear you share our vision and values; we need more people like you in our community and world. Besides our heartfelt thanks, we will also honor your contribution with a PDF version of our graduate course-level textbook, as well as background materials for the symposium of your choosing and an eco-shopping bag with the Big Picture, Long Term logo.

    As with all our partners, you will also receive recognition on our website, and an email of thanks.

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    Wow! We know there are many worthy clauses clamoring for your help; we're honored you chose us. Your funding, your support and your ideas are essential to moving to a more sustainable world for our children and grandchildren. Thank you. We will honor your contribution with both print and digital versions of the textbook, electronic versions of course background materials for the symposium of your choosing, and an invitation to join us at the keynote speaker's luncheon, also at the symposium of your choosing.

    You will also receive an eco-shopping bag with the Big Picture, Long Term logo. As with all our partners, you will also receive recognition on our website, and an email of thanks. Your ideas and your monetary support will help us change the world! Please note that you will receive your rewards as soon as they are produced. Most of your rewards are delivered shortly after the close of the campaign, if successful.

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    It's tough to finds the words to express how meaningful your giving is. This is a turning point where we need to make positive changes, or leave our children with a more challenging future. You clearly get that. Thanks for your trust in our ability to deliver; we will! Beyond our gratitude, we also invite you to join us at our inaugural symposium's kickoff event. We are reserving one seat for you at the event, anticipated to be a dinner cruise with salmon and crab dinner, and the opportunity for rich dialog with other donors, and symposium faculty and students.

    As with all our partners, you will also receive recognition on our website, and an email of thanks. Your ideas and your monetary support will help us change the world! Please note that you will receive your rewards as soon as they are produced. Most of your rewards are delivered shortly after the close of the campaign, if successful.

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    We simply cannot thank you enough for your meaningful and very generous support. As we work to help effect a paradigm shift, please know that your contribution is a critical element of our success. Thanks for your trust in our ability to deliver; we will! Beyond our gratitude, we also invite you and a friend to join us at our inaugural symposium's kickoff event. We are reserving two seats for you at the event, anticipated to be a dinner cruise with salmon and crab dinner, and the opportunity for rich dialog with other donors, and symposium faculty and students. As with all our partners, you will also receive recognition on our website, and an email of thanks. Your ideas and your monetary support will help us change the world! Please note that you will receive your rewards as soon as they are produced. Most of your rewards are delivered shortly after the close of the campaign, if successful.

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    Every cause has its champion; clearly you are a champion of sustainability and resilience. Put another way, you want to make the world a better place and are putting your beliefs into action through your generosity and engagement. Thank you so very much!

    While you don't contribute in anticipation of a reward, nonetheless, we'd like to give you something as a token of our esteem. A seat is reserved for you in the symposium of your choosing, along with an invitation to dinner with Big Picture, Long Term founders Dan Pike and Scot Barg and special guests.

    As with all our partners, you will also receive recognition on our website, and an email of thanks. Your ideas and your monetary support will help us change the world! Please note that you will receive your rewards as soon as they are produced. Most of your rewards are delivered shortly after the close of the campaign, if successful.

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    Such incredible generosity! When it comes to creating positive change, you are front and center. We are not only thankful beyond words for your support, but we also want to offer you a platform to share your wisdom. We will reserve a podcast to interview you, or someone else you'd like to have us interview. You also get seat reserved in a symposium of your choosing, and an invitation to dinner with Big Picture, Long Term founders Dan Pike and Scot Barg and special guests.

    As with all our partners, you will also receive recognition on our website, and an email of thanks. Your ideas and your monetary support will help us change the world! Please note that you will receive your rewards as soon as they are produced. Most of your rewards are delivered shortly after the close of the campaign, if successful.

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