Creating a Truly Sustainable Future
Creating a Truly Sustainable Future
We are creating a new program to push forward true sustainability via executive education, textbooks and radio and podcast programming.
We are creating a new program to push forward true sustainability via executive education, textbooks and radio and podcast programming. Read more
About this project
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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