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Creating Cities Conducive to Life


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On April 12, 2018, Green Hive Spaces and the Vallejo Commission for the Future are hosting the following workshop:

Creating Cities Conducive to Life: Defining Social Performance Standards

How did THIS become normal? How did it become acceptable for kids to go to school hungry, people to be criminalized for being poor, immigrant or of color, or lives to be taken so easily?

Typically, we are compelled to solve a problem when we sense a gap between our goal and the current state. Today, however, that gap closes, not because performance actually improves, but because our expectations erode to something closer to the current state. What used to inspire corrective action is now considered normal. We end up setting goals by our worst performance rather than our best. This is a systemic trap called a drift to low performance and we must address it.

It is time that we set goals that serve rather than limit us. Instead of setting our standards by our worst and then adjusting downward when we fail, we need to set them absolutely and aspirationally. When we set them for wildly beyond less bad, for abundant goodness, then we create a desire for something powerful: Answering the question, "How are we going to get there?"

Join members of the community as we develop Social Performance Standards for Vallejo. We will build on existing frameworks and guiding principles to create aspirational goals coupled with performance metrics that can be used to track our progress and ensure accountability.

Facilitator Bio:
Richard Fisher is an international award winning designer, community organizer, and systemic change catalyzer. Upon earning his BS at UC Berkeley in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Richard worked as an environmental remediation consultant on EPA Superfund Sites. Since witnessing social and environmental devastation first hand, he has sought to transform the systemic structures that create these consequences. At the United Nations Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development, he was awarded the Young Professionals Award for his Adaptive Design Approach for addressing climate change impacts on river delta communities. His MS thesis in the field of Sustainable Engineering explored the dynamics between societal values, economic development, and the environment in Vallejo, CA. In 2016, Richard became a StartingBloc Social Innovation Fellow and joined the globally renowned Biomimicry Professional (BPro) Certification program. During the past two years he has been studying unique ecosystems from the Canadian Rockies to the Rainforests of Costa Rica with an interdisciplinary team to discover innovative solutions to the wicked social challenges of our time.