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11.29.05 Notes from NEO Net Impact Meeting - Envisioning Positive Change for East Cleveland
Submitted by Sudhir Kade on Fri, 12/02/2005 - 16:58.
Minutes for Net Impact Meeting - AJ Rocco's Nov 29 7-9 PM
The meeting was convened to introduce several of the attendees who were first timers to Net Impact, what the organization is about, and our potential as chapter for Northeast Ohio. Net Impact is about leveraging business and professional skills to effect positive change in the community toward Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability.
A network of over 10,000 change agents working in this sphere globally, with chapters at nearly every top business school and 16 major Cities worldwide.
Administrative details were first discussed
Benefits of membership are numerous
a. internships and job benefits become accessible to full members only
b. Two excellent sustainability newsletter subscriptions
c. Eligibility to attend National Conferences every year of membership
d. For a limited time, 20 of the $40 membership fee comes back to seed funding
Then, attendees were updated on the level of progress attained at our prior meeting:
The focus was placed on our last discussion which revolved around making changes happen in East Cleveland - an excellent place for transformative and specific sustainability efforts.
Possible Projects discussed:
a. employs unemployed East Clevelanders as 'partners in reconstruction'
b. many opportunities for green building - Steph mentions Green Building Coalition as possible ally
c. creates new value - new ventures, raises property values, creates tax income
3. working to enhance school curricula (Shaw) to:
a. address environmental issues
b. address arts and culture appreciation
c. Earth Day Coalition could be great Ally (Scott Sanders)
d. introduce innovative charter programs (entrepreneurship, intergenerational, etc)
4. Creating experiential opportunities - exposure to Nature Centers
a. Forest Hills Park - restoration? create new nature center?
b. David Wright of Shaker Lakes doing work with schools (content and experience)- connect
5. Bringing wholesome organic produce affordably to East Clevelanders
a. Maurice working on this - new connections with Beau and Nicole to team up
Of these, it was decided that it would be best to tackle the 'low hanging fruit' (Beau)
CREATION OF AN EAST CLEVELAND SOCIAL NETWORK MAP
Issues of Governance raised by Katya - Sudhir introduces the envisioned model to promote effective collaboration under a frame of equity - a ring of rings. Future vision is to someday have multiple task forces (committees) for each of six key areas :
Arts and Culture
This provided as one example, we could self-determine new or different categories as needed. As Ed Hauser indicated: Key will be for people to work on what they really want to do and have most intrinsic passion for.
Tim stressed importance of being as inclusive and collaborative as possible. Also need to involve community members from the very beginning - so consider forums, town hall meetings, dialog, surveys. Determine what locals really want and have passion for.
Norm shared aligned efforts being advanced by RealNEO in East Cleveland - nice synergy. Lead Abatement, issues with the Elderly, Digital Divide, Arts, etc.
East Cleveland 2010 project already underway.
Importance of defining timelines and assigning deliverbles clearly indicated.
Nicole expresses great interest in organics to East Cleveland - new connections
quotes Margaret Mead: 'Never underestimate power of small, concerned group of citizens to change the world...'
Sudhir : quotes 'Be the change you want to see in the world' - Gandh
we can and will lead by example and create an uprecedented effort , rallying all who have energy to help, to transform underprivileged communities with great promise like East Cleveland.
Katya -how are we going to be effective and have time for yet another group?
if you build it and others see the good in it - they will come!
all members express satisfaction, excitement and interest, as well as happiness at actually defining and seeing a plan of action emerge - moving beyond the talk to action!
So in Closing : A great meeting - Key Deliverables and Next Steps :