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CFX 2020 Speaker Series | David Savage

 

David: I am David B Savage, author of seven books on collaboration and host of 45 podcasts on collaborative leadership. I'm just delighted to be part of the CFX 2020 I'm totally prepared for where we're going now.

My background is very diverse. Most of my background is starting and running and selling little oil and gas companies and doing that in a perspective that embraces the environment, embraces the community and what I will say in creating shared value which is one of my highest values I want to really land my purpose my presentation on designing our collaborations better.

It's taking me about 45 years of my career in oil and gas, in healthcare, in tourism and as a professional coach and a professional negotiator to realize I actually don't know very much.

Through that my focus is on collaboration and getting CFX 2020 participants to be way more effective.

Barry: David it was collaboration actually that brought us together the first time we met a very good friend of ours Kathy...

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CFX 2020 Speaker Series | Jill Blakley

 

Jill My name is Jill Blakley and I'm a Professor of Geography and Planning
at the University of Saskatchewan and I’ve been there about 9 or 10 years. I am cross appointed to the school of environment and sustainability at our university and in addition to my academic work I have been consulting for a little over 20 years.

I work in the areas of natural resources management and environmental impact assessment with a specialty in cumulative effects.

My research program involves students from both the department of geography and planning and the school of environment and I find that we attract a bit of a different audience under the school’s banner . The reason why is that it's extremely interdisciplinary so we end up with people who want training in environmental impact assessment but who come from all types of backgrounds including architecture,  planning including and all kinds of things to do with remote-sensing and you name it.

Their backgrounds are...

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It's not what happens, it's how you react that matters

I’m in control of my health. I try to eat nutritiously, exercise regularly, and get 8 hours of sleep. I remind myself daily to drink lots of water. I wash my hands after using the bathroom and before cooking. #normal

Just before Christmas I’m watching the news on TV and there is a report about a new, novel flu-virus in China – in Wuhan Province – literally an ocean away from me. It’s so far away from me it won’t affect me.

A lot of my stuff has a “Made In China” sticker on it. I wonder how many people arrive in Vancouver and Seattle every day from Asia on airplanes. Salmon Arm where I live is on the Trans Canada Highway, a 5-hour drive from Vancouver.

"We are in a slowly closing vice-grip"

4 or 5 tour buses come here every day with visitor from around the world. Our small city is a scheduled stop on many sightseeing vacation tours coming from Vancouver on a loop through the Roger’s Pass to the Rocky Mountains and...

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CFX 2020 Speaker Series | Gord Chipman

 

Gord:  I'm Gord Chipman I'm a Registered Professional Forester and for the last 10 years now I've been working for the Esketemc people managing their forest tenures for them.

Barry: Can you describe for people where Esketemc is? 

Gord:  The Esketemc - the people of the white hills are adjacent to the Fraser River. They’re on the east side of the Fraser River about 50 km south of Williams Lake. Esketemc is one of the many Bands within the Secwepemc. 

Barry :Our conference CFFX2020 is kind of really in the heart of Secwépemcúl’ecw in Kamloops. And Esketemc would be one of the more northern communities of the
of the nation right?

Gord: They’re one of the northern bands and they're also very cultural and they believe
they carry along a lot of the traditions within the Secwépemc people and yeah it's a great place to work it's a great environment here.

I manage a company for them called Alkali Resource...

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CFX 2020 Speaker Series | Mirella Ramsay

 

Introducing the CFX2020 Speaker Interview series.

Get to know the speakers before the event. First up is Mirella Ramsay, founder of The Mirella Project.

Mirella: My name is Mirella Ramsay. I am 18 years old. I am from Salmon Arm British Columbia, and currently attending Okanagan College here in Salmon Arm. Unsure of what my degree will be, but those will details will come later.

I've been going to school now for two years and working towards bringing environmental issues to the forefront of what youth and young adults talk about, but also understanding the importance of acting on our intentions rather than just talking about them and working really hard.

And so from that, I kind of started my own environmental nonprofit, which has been pretty fun.

Barry : Which you called the Mirella project.

Mirella: Right.

Barry: Now we are making choices today that will influence our future generations for a long time to come.

Mirella: Totally. And so like kind of...

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Create The Life You Want

A year ago, Karen and I pushed a pin into the roadmap of our life and declared “next stop, the TCS New York City Marathon, 2018”. We tapped SUBMIT on the website instantly sending our order to Dream Travel Canada for two guaranteed entries to the November 2018 event. A wave of warm energy, excitement and expectation washed through me – I was literally tingling.

I immediately got on my iPhone and purchased Sinatra’s New York, New York, then put on my running gear and headphones, and burst out the door into a cool November afternoon. I walked and ran for an hour – listening to Frank, over and over again.

Start spreading the news, I’m leaving today. I want to be a part of it, New York, New York….these “running shoes”, are longing to stray, right through the very heart of it, New York, New York….

As I write this, butterflies return just thinking about that day. This wouldn’t be just...

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A Method To Assess The Cumulative Effects Of Land Use & Dispossession On The Indigenous Seasonal Round

I've been leading a lot of #CumulativeEffects work in Secwepemcúl’ecw, the unceded Traditional Territory of the Secwépemc Nation. The people of this indigenous Nation have lived in southern British Columbia, Canada, for over 10,000 years and their Territory is the largest of all First Nations in British Columbia occupying almost 20% of the Province.  

In the Virtual Time Machine Podcast, I discuss how we can travel back in time to see how the Secwépemc lived for thousands of years, directly from the land, long before the arrival of Settlers. In the spring, summer and fall, they would travel to different areas of Secwepemcúl'ecw to gather the various resources from they land they needed to survive.  This moving around for resources is characterized in English as the 'Seasonal Round'.

Obviously, food was a critical resource.  Here is an excerpt from BC School District 73 website about this.

“In winter people...

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How To Select Indicators That Will Help You - And How Many Do You Need?

My last blog explored stories as one of the most powerful Virtual Time Machines. In planning, especially land use planning, our stories are captured and shared as scenarios. They are like “short stories” rather than novels. When you develop a land use planning scenario, you have a general sense of where and when but the place to start working out the details is to understand what is important first. The key priorities or values are the starting point – and everything else is connected to this. 

"Defining an appropriate set of indicators at the earliest stages of the planning process is crucial because it influences all the subsequent decisions"

In storytelling, these are the characters. In scenario planning, these are the performance indicators. In environmental impact assessment terminology – these are the valued components. Defining an appropriate set of indicators at the earliest stages of the planning process...

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HOW TO WRITE YOUR OWN STORY

If you could have ANYTHING YOU WANT, what would it be? Dude, think about that. Now, imagine for a minute, that you got it. You made it happen. Imagine how great that would feel. Here's the secret to making that happen.

"Be the author of your own story"

How? Imagine your future, understand the systems at play, design your plan, commit to implementing. Seriously, that's it! That's the secret to getting what you want - its really that straightforward. How to do this is the subject of this and my following articles.

Why bother? Well, if you're not charting your own path, writing your own story - you will be written into someone else's story and you won't be able to ensure how it turns out. That's the 'Business As Usual' scenario - don't settle for that.

Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple said,

“the most powerful person in the world is the story teller.  The storyteller sets the vision, values and agenda of an entire generation that is to come”

Now that might be...

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Not Business As Usual

 

There's much more below than in this short video - read on :)

My wife Karen and I are training to run the 2018 New York City Marathon. It’s the world’s biggest marathon, it’s been on our bucket list for a long time and we are pretty jacked about running through New York’s 5 Burroughs being cheered on by a couple of million supporters! 


Near the finish of the NYC Marathon in Central Park

What an incredible experience that is going to be. I often say that the best way to see a city is to run it because you move through at just the right speed. It gives you time enough to see, feel, smell and touch the character of the city. The #nycmarathon starts on Staten Island. We first run over the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge into Brooklyn. We continue crossing rivers from burrough to burrough, from Brooklyn we cross over into Queens, from Queens we cross into the Bronx, from the Bronx over into Manhattan, finally finishing in Central Park. No exaggeration, it's going to...

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