Tuesday, 10 June 2008

I attended a brilliant session with colleagues from Corporate Leadership Team this afternoon...

My colleague Jean Dent had arranged for Gary Lawrence, and Nigel Foster from ARUP to lead a session on 'Drivers for Change' focusing on what is a sustainable city. The input by Gary Lawrence really made me think about what we mean by sustainability and reinforced the need to keep it simple, that scale matters, that the future is random and chaotic and that we need to build flexible and adaptable systems.

Gary stressed the need to develop community engagement and ownership. To identify issues and get agreement that there is a problem that needs to be solved. Then do the research to generate the data and the stories that have meaning to those you want to affect. He also suggested translating environmental issues into health issues and whenever there is money to invest he recommended that we put it into education!

It was a stimulating session which reinforced the need to continue to work on sustainable schools and the health, happiness and well-being of our chilkdren and grandchildren.

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