Sunday, February 15, 2009

Economic development creates increasingly sustainable tomorrows

Buckminster Fuller wrote about doing increasingly more with increasingly less for the greatest number of people at an accelerating pace. Look around. Sounds like a plan.

The only way to succeed is to find ways to make increasingly sustainable tomorrows.

We innovate our way into the future in sustainable ways, or we fail. Period.

Peter Drucker said "Innovation is the specific instrument of entrepreneurship. The act that endows resources with a new capacity to create wealth."

Now that I get to work directly in economic development, that's my job. I see it as an act of respecting resources, empowering people and communities, and building economic independence for the greatest number of people in the most sustainable way.

So what does the sustainable part mean? In Thomas Friedman's new book he concludes, "Green isn't about lighting up our homes. It's about lighting up our future."

Lighting up ALL our futures.

To me this means making tools, information, and sustainable business processes available to anyone who wants to contribute solutions. I see huge numbers of emerging entrepreneurs and innovators searching out real problems, large and small, and working to supply increasingly sustainable, repeatable solutions. We need to make the process easier for them to navigate.

Peter Drucker speaks about creating new capacities to create wealth. Wealth in the emerging economy will mean a growing quality of life, better environments, and more control over your own, personal economic independence, and the economic independence of your communities.

Increasingly sustainable tomorrows.

Sounds like a plan.

The Buckminster Fuller Institute

Peter Drucker via Wikipedia

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