Disciplined leadership in advancing sustainability

Responses to a Quickly Evolving Landscape

  • City of Seattle Building Stronger Connections With Community Liaisons

    Hiring community liaisons from historically underrepresented neighborhoods builds long-term relationships, allows local government to take care of problems residents already have, and increases willingness to participate in planning processes when city government needs it.  

  • How Seattle’s Well-Intentioned Planning Experiment Went Wrong

    “Real equity,” meaningful engagement of marginalized people in planning includes translation, meeting times when they can meet, babysitting, training on technical issues, and specific opportunities to share their views with other stakeholders, A good summary in this article of what it takes. Seattle took a step forward with targeted outreach and is ready to learn from what did not work.   

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    Delta Institute, where I serve as board chair, recently issued its annual report. Take a look. It is inspiring at a time when we need it.  

  • Baltimore Deal Will Support Black Entrepreneurship

    What I like about this approach is that it focuses on serious work to uncover barriers over time and add features that address them.  It is hard to know all the barriers up front.  There has to be a commitment to on-going change.  

  • Does Closing the Racial Wealth Gap Start in the Cradle?

    Great reports that explain how government helped create racial wealth gaps and how it might reduce them.  Includes a recommendation for Individual Development Accounts for all newborns.  IDAs have been around a long time, but not scaled.  Cap and Dividend is a proposal Peter Barnes worked on to use carbon fees to fund IDAs.  Could it all come together someday?  Sounds good to me.  

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