The Living Future Conference was not lacking in the attendance of brilliant leaders and speakers sharing their stories in work, life, and the living world. Men and women flocked from cities around the world to Portland, OR to come together for an array of reasons but one common cause, to make the world a better place. Through the several people we met and the numerous sessions we participated in we picked up some great bullet points some obvious but still need to be thought about again and shared with you.
- Transparency is key to innovation. In the example of the new Brooks Running headquarters in Seattle, the developer, Skanska, was transparent with them about cost per square foot, what the investor needed to see on the return for the development to be viable, and the developers goals in making a successful brand statement of a Living Building for them. The two entities have put their trust into each other to make a state-of-the-art building for a healthier community for the occupants and those that surround it.
- Risk doesn’t have to be bad, risk can have amazing positive outcomes too.
- It is a disservice to your client and ultimately their client by not pushing innovation and creating the same old energy-inefficient product for the market. Adding more “safe” product to the market actually devalues what you’ve repeated, take a good risk, do something better.
- Bean counting gets in the way of action.
- Don’t just be green or talk about being green to those that you think want to hear it. Start a conversation with someone new or that you think wouldn’t be interested, you would be surprised at the connections and how far deep that can penetrate. Think about your next suggestion at your book club, discussing your favorite ecofriendly beauty products and of course spreading Living Aware to everyone you know.
- In real estate, you’re foolish for choosing an inefficient building or home.
- Seek out an EcoDistrict for your neighborhood, it makes sense. Risk is good and it is a positive opportunity to organize and bring together a community.
- Life is the process of becoming you.
- Passion is key for any entrepreneurial endeavor.
- Have patience and solve the long-term problem.
- Where women flourish, families flourish. When the families flourish the community flourishes.
- Build value in yourself, your business, and your ideas through collaboration.
- A building is part of “healthcare”. There is a direct connection between your health and the building you inhabit and the home you sleep in.
- Be innovative, take a risk, it is okay to fail, do something better for you, your family, community, and business.
We hope these tokens of wisdom empower you, like they invigorate us. Now go, conquer today and change your world.