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  • Moving People from Short- to Long-Term Thinking
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    Moving People from Short- to Long-Term Thinking

    One common frustration and source of anxiety (of many) for sustainability champions is that other people seem stuck thinking only in the short-term.  Meanwhile, long-term problems are created and perpetuated. It’s not only socially- and environmentally-conscious advocates that feel this way.  Lots of folks whose strength is a vision for the fut...

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  • Influencing Others to Change
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    Influencing Others to Change

    It’s not about the facts and data. Sure, it’s important to have those… but if you’re passionate about sustainability (or anything for that matter), the odds are you’ve done your research and you know enough information. But altering the status quo doesn’t feel easy.  Instead, you feel frustrated and burnt out.  YouR...

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    What is the #1 Struggle of Sustainability Champions?

    I always like to skip right to solving a problem… I’m a fixer.  Which can be helpful sometimes… sometimes 🙂 Even when I’m fortunate enough meet amazing people, I try to ask what they are struggling with. It’s always nice to be able to help – to be of service. And, it makes me feel good to know that other people –...

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  • Part 3: The Secret Life of a Community Change Agent
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    Part 3: The Secret Life of a Community Change Agent

    In Part 2 (click here) we show WHERE the keys to success lie, and how to get the answers we needed to design a successful project.  Hint: people who have already done it – teachers who started and still run gardens. Ok, what next? Organize What You Learn From all of the interviews with teachers, common patterns emerged.  Major themes. Grants laun...

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  • Part 2: The Secret Life of a Community Change Agent
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    Part 2: The Secret Life of a Community Change Agent

    In Part 1 (click here) we started with a problem: poverty, hunger, poor nutrition/education and ended up with a high-impact project idea: A Garden for Every School. Next, brainstorming simple ideas that could have large impacts… I looked for help and inspiration by going to related meetings, classes, and reading some great books on influence. What...

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