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Meeting Minutes 1 15 10

  1. 1. Strategic Doing Workshop MEETING MINUTES MHSM # 0907.00 January 15, 2010 Committee Members Present: • Jeanne Hamming • Ian Webb • Stuart Crichton • Jeff Wellborn • Gregory Coates Committee Members Absent: • Lee Jeter Sr. • Leia Lewis Other Attendees: • Wes Wyche • Kim Mitchell • Caroline Majors • Sharon Swanson • Patti Trudell • Lola Kendrick • Stanton Dossett • Rebecca Prosino • John Davenport • Kelly Weeks • Zeke Aull • Charles Goldthwaite • Malari Coburn • Natalie Hunsicker • Grace Peterson • Kathy Fell CC: • Mike Strong • Tim Wachtel • Murray Lloyd • Bruce Hoffman • Kim opened the workshop, introducing Ed Morrison of Purdue University, who came to discuss a network-based, community organizing process called Strategic Doing.
  2. 2. • Ed invited those in attendance to participate in an activity called “Point Your Finger.” The activity forced the group to work as a team to accomplish a seemingly simple task: lowering a stick to the ground. • Ed presented some of the foundational ideas behind Strategic Doing, and talked about how the discipline could be used in Shreveport to accomplish an array of complex goals related to energy efficiency and conservation. • Ed discussed the purpose for and roles of a “core group” in Strategic Doing. • Ed led the group in drafting an initial charter for the “EEC” core group. He encouraged the group to drop the acronyms and find a new –more inspiring/motivational– name. When discussing the charter, participants agreed that they believed in the following values: 1. the possibility of deep/meaningful/positive change 2. core scientific values –evidence-based action 3. inclusive and diverse community engagement 4. a motivation to improve quality of life in Shreveport 5. that deep change can (and needs to) prove to be beneficial for all 6. sustainability, integrity, flexibility, elasticity, resilience 7. that our community can learn to value the earth and its resources • This was a first attempt at a charter, and should be refined in future meetings. • The group then brainstormed ‘postcard-style,’ outcome-based mission statements for each of the EEC focus areas. These ideas need greater specificity and should be crafted to attract interest: 1. building energy efficiency: reduce building energy consumption by 25% 2. green workforce/business incentives: design education, workforce, and business development systems to support a sustainable economy 3. clean & renewable energy sources: design diversified, decentralized energy systems that provide for flexible supply and demand 4. reduction of waste & pollution: zero waste, contamination reduction, air and water quality improvement, step change reduction in our waste stream, feed ourselves through local food systems 5. energy education & outreach: develop a network, targeting key influencers, guiding conversations to achieve a cultural shift, and defining a new civic space –a different way of connecting and conversing to accomplish goals 6. transportation & land use: choice and flexibility, mobility, walkability, bike paths, smart growth, reduce transportation-based energy consumption and establish more efficient land use patterns 7. other: to be developed as needed • Ed concluded the workshop by answering some questions about attracting people to participate in the Strategic Doing process, organizing working groups around focus areas, keeping the effort on track, and guiding positive conversations. Meeting Adjourned