Green Ideas 2013 65 Tips to Blossom and Thrive


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Green Ideas 2013 65 Tips to Blossom and Thrive

  1. 1. 12 Essentials to Blossom and Thrive Green Ideas 2013 Christine Geith, PhD Assistant Provost & Executive Director Michigan State University MSUglobal
  2. 2. First, seek out the hard-won wisdom of others… June 29, 2013 2
  3. 3. “Make sure your outcome is aligned with resiliency and issue-drivers of the future. Make sure you are attached to the bigger agenda.” Rick Foster Endowed Chair of Food, Society and Sustainability, Michigan State University | Former VP for Programs at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation | East Lansing, Michigan June 29, 2013 3
  4. 4. “Be SMART: specific measurable achievable realistic timely.” Wiley Barbour Executive Director, International Biochar Initiative Chairman of the Board, Greenhouse Gas Institute Washington,DC June 29, 2013 4
  5. 5. “Requirements - clear requirements and analysis that breaks them down to small user stories.” Prabode Weebade CEO & Chief Software Architect, Venturit Okemos, Michigan & Sri Lanka June 29, 2013 5
  6. 6. “A clear project rhythm & set milestones, with the chance to reevaluate, help the team to be productive and also flexible.” Jess Daniel Founder & Chief Enabler, FoodLab Detroit Local Economy Fellow at Business Alliance for Local Living Economies | Detroit, Michigan June 29, 2013 6
  7. 7. “Select the right leaders: visionary leaders champion the work; operational leaders interpret the vision and develop plans to carry it out.” Renee V. Wallace CEO, Visionary Strategist, Chief Doer Doers Consulting Alliance | Program Manager, FoodPLUS Detroit | Detroit, Michigan June 29, 2013 7
  8. 8. “All risk is in the market. Prepare & continually update a competitive analysis, profiling every actual & potential competitor.” Gregory E. Bradbury President & Owner, The Bradbury Group, Inc. Co-Founder & CEO Drawbridge Serial Entrepreneur | New London, North Carolina June 29, 2013 8
  9. 9. “Enlist your funders as part of your team.” Lynda Barbour Creative Director of Business Solutions, FHI 360 Washington,DC June 29, 2013 9
  10. 10. “Get traction, fast. As fast as you can. In my line of work...Traction=people signing up, paying you, or using it a lot.” Brett Kopf Co-Founder & CEO, Remind101 Twitter Nut | Gen Y entrepreneur | Techie | Outdoor Junky | San Francisco, California June 29, 2013 10
  11. 11. “…It's Ok to ask for help along the way, asking for help is a sign of strength not weakness.” Anne K. Keehn Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Education, Postsecondary Success, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation | Washington,DC June 29, 2013 11
  12. 12. “Don’t assume people understand…The absence of objections, questions and conflict is usually a huge warning sign.” James Reimer Salt Project Director for the University of Notre Dame Haiti Program | Founding Member FoodPlus Detroit Detroit, Michigan June 29, 2013 12
  13. 13. “…dealing with change really is the one thing you need to be good at.” Philipp Schmidt Co-Founder & Exec Director, Peer2Peer University MIT Media Lab Director’s Fellow Boston,MA June 29, 2013 13
  14. 14. “Give it away…to someone else who can realize it…In that way you get a group of people saying, I did it. That’s the only way to accomplish something.” Peter Paree Program Leader Complex Projects ZLTO Southern Farmer’s Union Breda Area, Netherlands June 29, 2013 14
  15. 15. Blossom and Thrive: It Takes a Community Thanks to all who shared their wisdom! June 29, 2013 15
  16. 16. And thanks to the MSUglobal Team for hundreds of blossoming and thriving projects! June 29, 2013 16
  17. 17. Christine Geith, Ph.D. Assistant Provost & Executive Director, MSUglobal Michigan State University Office: 517.353.0856 Email: See the complete “65 Tips to Blossom and Thrive” June 29, 2013 17