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I. CHANGING THE DREAM (SHIFTING OUR WORLDVIEW)
JEREMY LENT - LIFE-AFFIRMING ECOCIVILIZATION
DARRELL HILLAIRE - NORTHWEST INDIGENOUS CULTURE AND HISTORY
CLUB OF ROME - A HEALTHY ECOSYSTEM
NICHOLAS STEPHEN MANG - THE REDISCOVERY OF PLACE AND OUR HUMAN ROLE IN IT
JOHN KNOTT (CITY CRAFT VENTURES) - REGENERATIVE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
BILL REED (REGENESIS) - REGENERATIVE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
III. REGENERATING OUR ENVIRONMENT
BERIT ANDERSON (SNS) - CLIMATE CRISES SOLUTIONS
SARAH SEVERN - CLIMATE POLICY
DR. RICHARD GAMMON - CLIMATE SCIENCE
CLIMATE IMPACT GROUP - CLIMATE IMPACT
TILTH ALLIANCE - FOOD SECURITY
DR. RICHARD FEELY - OCEAN ACIDIFICATION
BETSY PEABODY (PUGET SOUND RESTORATION FUND) - OCEAN ACIDIFICATION
PROJECT DRAWDOWN - REDUCING GREENHOUSE GASES
CONSERVATION NORTHWEST - RESTORING WILDLANDS AND WILDLIFE
MICHAEL RYLKO (ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY) - SALISH SEA ECOSYSTEM HEALTH
GINNY BROADHURST (SALISH SEA INSTITUTE) - SALISH SEA MARINE HEALTH
JOE GAYDOS (SEADOC SOCIETY) - SALISH SEA MARINE HEALTH
THE XERCES SOCIETY - ECOSYSTEM CONSERVATION
ALAN DURNING (SIGHTLINE INSTITUTE) - ECOSYSTEM PROTECTION
DAVID SUZUKI FOUNDATION - ECOSYSTEM HEALTH
WILLIAM MCDONOUGH - CRADLE-TO-CRADLE ECONOMIC
CYNTHIA FIGGE, (CEO- CSRHUB) - CORPORATE SUSTAINBILITY
DEMOCRACY COLLABORATIVE - PLURALISTIC DEMOCRATIC ECONOMIC SYSTEMS
KATE RAWORTH (DOUGHNUT ECONOMICS) - ANOTHER LENS TO VIEW REGENERATIVE ECONOMIC SYSTEM DESIGN
DAVID BATKER (BATKER CONSULTING) - ECOLOGICAL ECONOMICS
JOEL MAKOWER (GREENBIZ.COM) - GREEN BUSINESS SECTOR
MICHAEL SHUMAN - THE LOCAL ECONOMY MOVEMENT
JOEL SOLOMON - THE CLEAN MONEY REVOLUTION
JOHN TALBERTH (CENTER FOR SUSTAINABLE ECONOMY) - SUSTAINABLE ECONOMY
V. TRANSFORMING SOCIAL SYSTEMS
JENNIFER WILY (DEVELOPING DEMOCRACY) - TRANSFORMING EDUCATION
LIZ BAXTER, CEO (NORTH SOUND ACCOUNTABILITY COMMUNITY OF HEALTH) - FAMILY AND COMMUNITY RESOURCE CENTERS
HILARY CANTY (ORCAS ISLAND COMMUNITY FOUNDATION) - PARTICIPATORY GRANTWRITING
TREEHOUSE FOR KIDS - FOSTER CARE
VI. TRANSFORMING OUR POLITICAL SYSTEM
STEWART LEVINE (RESOLUTION WORKS) - THE ART OF COLLABORATION
COLIN MEGILL (COMPUTATIONAL DEMOCRACY PROJECT) - CONSENSUS ANALYSIS SURVEYS
JULIE BEZARD (SFU WOSK CENTER FOR DIALOGUE) - DIALOGUE AND ENGAGEMENT
DR. THEODORE BECKER - PARTICIPATORY, DELIBERATIVE DEMOCRACY
PAULA SARDINAS (CEO - FMS GLOBAL STRATEGIES, LL ) - DEVELOPING GOOD LEGISLATIVE POLICY
NAVIGATING OUR FUTURE RESOURCE BANK
Table of Contents
I. CHANGING THE DREAM (SHIFTING OUR WORLDVIEW)
A STABLE PLANET
Founding CEO/Exec Director of the Stable Planet Alliance, focusing on bending the curve on human population and resource consumption. I'm also an Associate Science, Policy & Comms Strategist with the Conservation Biology Institute, Affiliate Professor (environmental futures, sustainability, and conservation science) at the University of Washington, and Research Associate of the University of Cape Town's (UCT's) FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology and its African Climate and Development Initiative.
Dr. Barnard’s work spans the globe as an environmental and societal futures analyst, global change ecologist, biodiversity conservation biologist, climate risk and resilience specialist…and on. She is also a highly skilled practitioner of building diverse, collaborative teams, organizations, and communities to develop local resilience and strategies to look at the big picture challenges we face and focus on achieving a community’s common goals.
CHANGING OUR PERSPECTIVE
As Chief Economist at a major international consulting firm, John Perkins advised the World Bank, United Nations, IMF, U.S. Treasury Department, Fortune 500 corporations, and countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. He worked directly with heads of state and CEOs of major companies.
From the stories of his Peace Corps days in the Amazon to his life as an economic hit man, and then how he has spent the last 3+ decades repairing the damage he helped create, he shares how one’s perceptions shape one’s reality. He realized that once he changed his dominant cultural perception of reality, he could no longer participate in the “death economy” and, instead, chose to advocate for a more life-affirming path forward, based on what he continues to learn after living in and working with indigenous communities for the past 50+ years.
David Korten Bio https://davidkorten.org/about-the-forum/author-bio/
Humans are a choice-making species with a common future. We are now faced with an epic choice. We can continue to seek marginal adjustments in the culture and institutions of the existing Imperial Civilization characterized by violence, domination, and exploitation that has put us on a path to self-extinction. Or we can navigate a Great Turning to an Ecological Civilization dedicated to restoring the health of living Earth’s regenerative systems while securing material sufficiency and spiritual abundance for all people. Read more...
A Great Turning to an Ecological Civilization cannot be led or imposed by institutions created to secure the relationships of the Imperial Era. Leadership must come from We the People. With no precedent or model to guide us, we must learn as we go, sharing the lessons of our experience as we withdraw our support from the institutions of the old economy and live into being the institutions of a New Economy that aligns with Ecological Civilization’s vision of possibility. Read more...
The outcome of this pivotal time will turn in substantial measure on the economy—the system of culture, institutions, technologies, and infrastructure that shape how we relate to one another and Earth to obtain our means of living. Imperial Civilization’s suicidal death economy fails to fulfill the economy’s essential functions and threatens human viability. Creating the living economy of an Ecological Civilization will require a radical rethinking of what constitutes well-being and how ownership rights and responsibilities are best defined and distributed. Read more...
We look to economics for maps to guide us in structuring and managing the economy to secure our means of living. Focused on individual financial return rather than community well-being, the maps of contemporary egoʹ-nomics guide the exploitation of people and nature to maximize individual private financial return. To achieve the living economy of an Ecological Civilization, we need dynamic living maps from an ecoʹ-nomics that affirm our nature, needs, and responsibilities as members of a living Earth community and guide us in addressing the defining challenges of our time. Read more…
2020 conversation between David Korten and John Perkins
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZ5W8pOYpnw Guy Dauncy Anthropological Economist
LIFE AFFIRMING ECO-CIVILIZATION
Jeremy Lent is an author and speaker whose work investigates the underlying causes of our civilization’s existential crisis and explores pathways toward a life-affirming future.
His award-winning book, The Patterning Instinct: A Cultural History of Humanity’s Search for Meaning, examines the way humans have made meaning from the cosmos from hunter-gatherer times to the present day.
His recently published book, The Web of Meaning: Integrating Science and Traditional Wisdom to Find Our Place in the Universe, offers a coherent and intellectually solid foundation for a worldview based on connectedness that could lead humanity to a sustainable, flourishing future.
Jeremy is founder of the nonprofit Liology Institute and writes topical articles exploring the deeper patterns of political and cultural developments at Patterns of Meaning: https://patternsofmeaning.com/
NORTHWEST INDIGENOUS CULTURE AND HISTORY
DARRELL HILLAIRE – Executive Director
Children of the Setting Sun Productions
It is important to listen to indigenous people’s perspective because they have flourished as a life-affirming society in this region for thousands of years. Many of their perspectives, values and principles can inform us in our design of our path to the future. In fact, we need to invite them to participate in this community-designing work because of their expertise.
Darrell Hillaire, Executive Director of Children of the Setting
Sun Productions company and served several terms on the Lummi Indian Business Council including as Chair. Retiring from the Council in 2008 he founded and ran the Lummi Youth Academy. In 2013 he wrote the acclaimed play "What about those Promises?" about the Treaty of Point Elliot and founded Children of the Setting Sun Productions to stage the play.
He has since led the growth of Children of the Setting Sun Production to create, share, and educate the people they work with to influence one another’s perception in a positive light. They are currently working on a documentary on the Salmon People of the Pacific Coast as well as working to create a “Salmon People Alliance” to show how essential salmon are culturally to a number of different tribes throughout the Pacific Coast.
A HEALTHY HOLISTIC ECOSYSTEM
CLUB OF ROME
The vision of The Club of Rome is an interconnected world that has emerged from multiple emergencies with a new way of being human that promotes wellbeing for all in a healthier ecosystem.
The mission of The Club of Rome is to apply holistic, interdisciplinary and long-term thinking to ensure broader societal and planetary wellbeing; to move towards more equitable economic, financial, and socio-political models; ensure an inclusive human dimension to all systems change; and to emerge from emergency. This will be achieved through the five impact hubs
II. CREATING OUR NEW REALITY
THE REDISCOVERY OF PLACE AND OUR HUMAN ROLE IN IT
NICHOLAS STEPHEN MANG
To regenerate this connection to place, however, requires more than just good architecture and community planning. It requires, first and foremost, a metanoia (i.e. a change of mind) in how we as a culture view place, what it’s inherent value and role (economically, socially, culturally, and ecologically) is in the world, and what our ethical role as humans is in co-creating and evolving with the places in which we live. This essay therefore explores in respective order, (1) A phenomenological understanding of what place is (2) A phenomenological understanding of our human relationship to place, and (3) How the modality in which we perceive life (i.e. our psychological paradigm) helps to determine the very way in which we inhabit and relate to place. The overall aim of this essay is to develop a more holistic understanding of place and our evolutionary role within it.
REGENERATIVE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
JOHN KNOTT - CITYCRAFT VENTURES
RESTORING THE LONG-TERM ECONOMIC, ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIAL HEALTH OF OUR CITIES
Many cities in North America are dealing with similar challenges that do not respond to a piecemeal, surface-level approach to development. Enter CityCraft, with a proven process of transforming deeply distressed urban communities into vibrant, showpiece neighbourhoods with environmental, social, and economic sustainability and resiliency. We help restore the long-term economic, social, and environmental health of our cities.
Instead of traditional models that bring in short-term outside solutions that ultimately displace existing residents, the CityCraft approach begins with a detailed investigation into the inherent strengths within the community, from community organizations to school infrastructure. These local resources and active engagement with residents is harnessed to create a plan entirely tailored to that community. Communities undertaking the CityCraft approach willbe equipped for participation in a restorative economy that restores the environment and constantly feeds itself in a self-sustaining, long term fashion have an active economic and social justice focus based on local needs and skills be designed for greatly reduced environmental impacts.
As a true partner in the redevelopment process, CityCraft works hand-in-hand with cities to establish shared vision and goals, research and catalogue community resources, secure investment, mobilize community participants, and implement a long-term, cross-sector plan.¬† Cities working with CityCraft have seen dramatic changes in the quality of life in neighbourhoods that previously did not respond to redevelopment efforts.
For people who want a more in-depth understanding of the whole process, we suggest you read one of the best books on Regenerative Development, produced with John Knott and many seminal thinkers and practitioners in the field:
Regenerative Urban Development, Climate Change and the Common Good.
This is a great resource for students, scholars, and practitioners of regenerative development, climate change, urban planning, and public policy.
This volume focuses on the theory and practice of the regenerative development paradigm that is rapidly displacing sustainability as the most fertile ground for climate change adaptation research.
This book brings together key thinkers in this field to develop a meaningful synthesis between the existing practice of regenerative development and the input of scholars in the social sciences. It begins by providing an expert introduction to the history, principles, and practices of regenerative development before going on to present a thorough theoretical examination by known theorists from disciplines including sociology, geography, and ethics. A section on regenerative development practices illustrates the need to significantly advance our understanding of how urbanization, climate change, and inequality interact at every scale of development work. Finally, the book ends with a serious consideration of the ways in which integrated systems thinking in higher education could result in a curriculum for the next generation of regenerative development professionals.
REGENERATIVE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
Bill is an internationally recognized planning consultant, design process facilitator, lecturer, teacher, and author in sustainability and regeneration. He is a principal of Regenesis, Inc. – a regenerative design, living systems integrator, and education organization. His work centers on creating the framework for and managing an integrative, whole and living system design process.
Bill has been:
Founding Board Member: US Green Building Council
Co-founder of the LEED Green Building Rating System
Co-chair of the LEED Technical Committee1994 through 2003
Co-author of the book: The Integrative Design Guide to Green Building:
Redefining the practice of sustainability
Served on the national executive committee of the AIA Committee On The Environment
Advisory Board - Environmental Building News
Consulting for hundreds of Green and Regenerative Projects throughout the world
III. REGENERATING OUR ENVIRONMENT
CARBON LEADERSHIP FORUM
Andrew Himes is director of collective impact initiatives to reduce embodied carbon emissions in new building construction. He has been a partner in Carbon Innovations LLC, a social impact business consultancy focused on business-based solutions to climate change. Himes was the founding editor of MacTech, the leading Apple technology journal, then co-founded the Microsoft Developer Network and led the first web development project at Microsoft. In 2018, he was coordinator of Carbon Smart Building Day, a conference affiliated with the Global Climate Action Summit focused on transforming the global building industry to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. Himes was founding director for the Charter for Compassion International. He is the author of “The Sword of the Lord: The Roots of Fundamentalism in an American Family.”
CLIMATE CRISES SOLUTIONS
BERIT ANDERSON Director of Programming
Strategic News Service
Berit Anderson is director of programs for Strategic News Service and FiRe events. Previously, she co-founded and served as the CEO of Scout.ai, a media company exploring the future of technology through analysis, science fiction, and scenario planning games.
An international keynote speaker and advisor on innovation, technology, media, and global policy, Berit has appeared at the Brussels Forum, the European Council on Foreign Relations, the Conference on World Affairs, TEDxVilnius, DevoxxBelgium, and TEQNation, among others. In 2017, her work on information warfare was featured in the New Yorker, Gizmodo, and TechCrunch, and cited by internet creator Tim Berners-Lee as one of the top three challenges facing the internet.
Berit is a member of Global Shapers, the World Economic Forum's international network of young leaders; and serves on the boards of environmental media nonprofits Yes! Magazine and InvestigateWest, www.invw.org.
Global Director of the Environmental Action Team. From 1995 to 2004 Sarah catalyzed the introduction of sustainability into Nike's operations, product design process and manufacturing supply chain. Following that she held a number of senior sustainability roles that focused on stakeholder engagement, futures, trends and scenario planning and systems level collaborative change.
Sarah led the development of Nike’s climate change advocacy strategy and initiated the BICEP coalition (Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy),a project of CERES and the ZDHC (Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals) business coalition.
Sarah built an extensive network of sustainability experts and advisors during her tenure at Nike and remains committed to the power of networks as a way to transform our future. Sarah has also held numerous non profit board and advisory board roles, and served for many years on the faculty of the Cambridge Program for Sustainability Leadership.
Since 2014 Sarah has continued corporate sustainability consulting, worked extensively on outreach and strategic planning with the Washington Business for Climate Action network,. and is currently focused on bringing business leaders to advocate for effective carbon policy through the Low Carbon Prosperity Institute.
Her non profit roles are increasingly directed to entities working on regenerative agriculture and system change. She serves on the US advisory board of Forum for the Future, the board of the Madrona Institute on San Juan island, and the steering committee of Transition SJI.
Dr. RICHARD GAMMON
Dr. Gammon is one of THE leading experts, globally and regionally, in climate science. He is an amazing researcher and educator with a knack for “translating” the climate science to a wide range of audiences from young to old in a way that is understandable and actionable. In this conversation, Dr. Gammon is candid about the challenges we face if we continue on our current path but he then shares the steps we need to take to adapt to a changed world while working to restore the health of the Salish Sea region. At the same time, his love of life is infectious and that is the energy we need to transform our path moving forward.
Dr. Gammon is Professor (Emeritus) of Chemistry and Oceanography, and Adjunct Professor (Emeritus) of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington. Dr. Gammon received his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Harvard University. He was a co-author of the first scientific assessment by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. As Chief of the Carbon Dioxide Program, he directed the U.S. government’s program to globally monitor atmospheric CO2.
CLIMATE IMPACT GROUP
The University of Washington Climate Impacts Group builds climate resilience by advancing understanding of climate risks and enabling science-based action to manage those risks.
We are widely recognized for scientific discovery, as an experienced creator of impartial and actionable science on identifying and managing climate risks, and as a catalyst and supporter of regional efforts to build climate resilience.
The Climate Impacts Group is an interdisciplinary research group at the University of Washington composed of natural, physical and social scientists as well as communications and administrative professionals. We are a member organization of EarthLab and the host to two federal programs, the Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center and the Northwest Climate Resilience Collaborative.
The Climate Impacts Group helps people across the Northwest understand how the effects of climate change — including rising air temperatures, decreasing snowfall, rising sea levels and drier summers — stand to affect life in our region. We focus on co-producing knowledge that is both useful and used to help our region prepare for, and better cope with, the effects of a changing climate.
We support planners, natural resource managers, engineers, policymakers and community members across the region as they use science to build climate resilience. Our partners work in a variety of sectors and contexts, including government agencies, non-profit organizations and community groups.
Our work is supported by organizational- and project-based gifts, grants and contracts from federal, state and local sources, private philanthropy and the state of Washington.
We recognize that the impacts of climate change will not be distributed equally, due to unjust social, political and economic processes that have marginalized frontline communities for generations. Frontline communities – which include Black communities, Tribes and Indigenous peoples, other communities of color, those most dependent on natural resources for their livelihoods and people with lower incomes – are more likely to experience climate change impacts first and worst. They are more likely to live and work in areas at increased risk to climate stressors such as heat, flooding and fires, and are more likely to experience issues that are worsened by climate impacts such as food insecurity and health and economic disparities.
At the same time, frontline communities have practices and strategies for building climate resilience based on diverse knowledge and lived experience. The leadership and creativity of frontline communities is necessary for building a climate-resilient future for all people.
The Climate Impacts Group commits to prioritizing inclusion and justice for all people in our work on climate adaptation, with the aim of mitigating oppression in our organization, our field and our communities. Frontline communities are centered in climate adaptation work at the Northwest Climate Resilience Collaborative, one of the Climate Impacts Group’s major programs.
Mission: To build an ecologically sound, economically viable and socially equitable food system
It is clear that the next decade has to be about global pivotal change — the existential challenges we face today demand that of us. The way we produce and consume food will be an important driver of that change. The choices each of us make can either decrease or enhance biodiversity, contribute to or mitigate climate change, degrade or improve water resources, and exacerbate or address historic inequities.
Tilth Alliance, we are working toward a better food future where:
The food we eat is produced using organic, regenerative and sustainable practices that nurture the environment.
Access to healthy, nutritious and affordable food is a right, not a privilege, for people in every corner of our state.
Farmers, food growers, and producers are valued, have advocates amplifying their voice and earn living wages that
allow them to thrive.
Land for growing and harvesting food is available for all.
Soil and water health are considered a critical and shared responsibility.
Diverse voices are equitably represented, proactively sought out, and respected throughout the food system.
From the youngest age, we understand the value of food, the land, and the humans and non-humans who care for our soil, pollinate our crops, and nurture our ecosystems.
Dr. RICHARD FEELY
Dr. Richard A. Feely is a NOAA Senior Fellow at the NOAA Pacific Marine
Environmental Laboratory in Seattle, Washington. He also holds an affiliate full professor faculty position at the University of Washington School of Oceanography.
His major research areas are carbon cycling in the oceans and ocean acidification processes. He received a B.A. in chemistry from the University of St. Thomas, in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1969. He then went onto Texas A&M University where he received both a M.S. degree in 1971 and a Ph.D. degree in 1974. Both of his post-graduate degrees were in chemical oceanography. He is a member of the U.S. CLIVAR/CO2 Repeat Hydrography Program Oversight Committee. He a member of the international Global Ocean Acidification Executive Council and is presently a member of the U.S. Interagency Working Group on Ocean Acidification. He was also a member of the Steering Committee for the Ocean Carbon Coordination Project. He is a member of the American Geophysical Union, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Chemical Society.
Dr. Feely has authored more than 300 referred scientific research publications. He received the Department of Commerce Gold Award in 2006 for research on ocean acidification.
In 2007 Dr. Feely was elected to be a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union.
In 2010 he was he awarded the Heinz Environmental Award for his pioneering research on ocean acidification.
In 2014 Dr. Feely received the NOAA Administrator’s Award for his work on the 2013 IPCC AR5 Climate Change Report.
Dr. Feely was elected to be a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2017.
BETSY PEABODY - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
PUGET SOUND RESTORATION FUND
Betsy is founder and executive director of the PUGET SOUND RESTORATION FUND (PSRF). She is also President of the Pacific Shellfish Institute. Betsy served on the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Ocean Acidification and collaborated with NOAA to establish the Kenneth K Chew Center for Shellfish Research and Restoration that PSRF operates to help restore native shellfish and living marine resources. Betsy has a degree in English from Stanford University and a lifelong interest in the marine world.
The Puget Sound Restoration Fund works throughout Puget Sound on diverse projects to restore iconic marine resources and a healthy ecosystem.
Puget Sound Restoration Fund (PSRF) works collaboratively to restore marine habitat, water quality, and native species in Puget Sound through on-the-ground projects. We are committed to a vision of a clean and healthy Sound that is productive, full of life, and that sustains us. The populations we rebuild to achieve that vision are key to maintaining ecosystem health. Other programs we've launched are designed to spur clean water efforts and re-forge connections between people and resources.
PSRF projects are science-based and undertaken to restore a healthy ecosystem. Our staff of ecologists and technicians are in the lab and in the field. Our work takes place on the tideflats, in the water and at the hatchery as we rebuild breeding populations, enhance living marine habitat and incubate mitigation strategies.
REDUCING GREENHOUSE GASES
Our mission is to help the world reach “drawdown”—the point in the future when levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere stop climbing and start to steadily decline, thereby stopping catastrophic climate change—as quickly, safely, and equitably as possible.
To reach Drawdown, we must work on all aspects of the climate equation—stopping sources and supporting sinks, as well as helping society achieve broader transformations. That is, three connected areas call for action, which we must pursue globally, simultaneously, and with determination.
1. Reduce Sources — bringing emissions to zero
2. Support Sinks — uplifting nature’s carbon cycle
3. Improve Society — fostering equality for all
Nested within each area of action, there are sectors and subgroups of diverse solutions—practices and technologies that can help the world stabilize and then begin to lower greenhouse gas levels in the atmosphere. Together, they comprise the Drawdown Framework for climate solutions.
RESTORING WILDLANDS AND WILDLIFE
We recognize that for long-term progress, conservation must go hand-in-hand with healthy, prosperous and equitable communities.
We’re restoring wildlands and wildlife by working with diverse stakeholders. Through dialogue, we find common ground and collaborative solutions for challenging issues including habitat corridors, wilderness conservation, forest restoration and endangered species recovery across our region.
Conservationists, farmers, Indigenous and First Nations peoples, hikers and climbers, hunters and anglers—we all share a love for wildness, wild animals and careful stewardship of the natural legacy we leave for generations to come. We know that by working together, we’re building a stronger, wilder future in the Pacific Northwest!
SALISH SEA ECOSYSTEM HEALTH
MICHAEL RYLKO - ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
HEALTH OF THE SALISH SEA ECOSYSTEM REPORT
The Health of the Salish Sea Report is a joint initiative between the U.S. EPA and Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC). This report is “evergreen” and describes trends across 10 indicators that help us to identify areas of progress in environmental management and priorities for further action across the transboundary Salish Sea ecosystem, which includes the Puget Sound ecosystem, the Strait of Georgia ecosystem, and the Strait of Juan de Fuca ecosystem.
SALISH SEA MARINE HEALTH
GINNY BROADHURST, Director
SALISH SEA INSTITUTE, WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY
Given our placement on the edge of the Salish Sea, in Coast Salish territories, and near the international border, Western Washington University created the Salish Sea Institute to raise awareness and protection for the Salish Sea.
At the Salish Sea Institute, we work to share knowledge across
disciplines and borders.
We created a minor in Salish Sea Studies to teach students about the Salish Sea’s history, ecology, culture, and management complexities.
We convene conferences and produce reports to share science
and management strategies among the community of people off campus who work to protect the Salish Sea.
The Institute works towards WWU’s goal to “advance a deeper understanding of engagement with place” that can be found in the strategic plan. As Institute staff, we continue to learn from knowledge holders about 10,000 years of knowing and are indebted to all who help us along this path. We continue to ask questions and seek solutions to move towards a more equitable system of learning on and off campus, and collectively caring for the Salish Sea.
Joe is one of the Pacific Northwest’s most respected and well-known scientists,
Joe is the Science Director for the SeaDoc Society, a marine conservation program
of the UC Davis Wildlife Health Center.
Joe is a bestselling author, a popular and entertaining public speaker, and a
sought-after expert voice on wildlife health issues who’s advised policymakers
from Washington State to Washington D.C.
As a world-traveling wildlife veterinarian, surgeon and research scientist, Joe has
studied and cared for animals ranging from bush babies to killer whales. He’s ‘
been charged by a silverback gorilla, clawed by a cheetah, and bitten by, well,
practically everything. He’s published more than 50 peer-reviewed science papers
and co-written the Nautilus Gold Award-winning The Salish Sea: Jewel of the
Pacific Northwest and Explore the Salish Sea.
For the last two decades, Joe has been working on wildlife and ecosystem
conservation in the Pacific Northwest. He’s one of the world’s top wildlife vets
and an expert on diseases that impact both human and wild animal health in
species including seabirds, harbor seals, river otters, porpoise and killer whales.
THE XERCES SOCIETY
The Xerces Society is a science-based conservation organization, working with diverse partners that include scientists, land managers, educators, policymakers, farmers, and communities. By utilizing applied research, engaging in advocacy, providing educational resources, addressing policy implications, and building community, we endeavor to make meaningful long-term conservation a reality playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLo22nBM4mjeS0a1A2PshIQTsren_XaHYw
ALAN DURNING – FOUNDER
Sightline Institute is an independent, nonprofit research and communications center—a think tank—founded by Alan Durning in 1993.
Sightline equips the Northwest’s citizens and decision-makers with the policy research and practical tools they need to advance long-term solutions to our region’s most significant challenges. Our work includes in-depth research, commentary, and analysis, delivered online, by email, and in-person to Northwest policy champions, emerging leaders, and a range of community partners.
We believe true sustainability exists at the intersection of environmental health and social justice. Read more about our equity commitment here.
Sightline has long championed sustainability solutions that benefit all our communities in the Northwest. We strive to identify injustice and work to dismantle the systems that perpetuate it. We actively seek to expand our role in advancing public policy and producing resources for Northwest leaders and community partners that tackle issues of racial and economic inequality.
Sightline Institute’s mission is to make the Northwest a global model of sustainability—strong communities, a green economy, and a healthy environment.
We envision in the Pacific Northwest an economy and way of life that are environmentally sound, economically vibrant, and socially just. We believe that if northwesterners succeed at reconciling themselves with the natural heritage of this place—the greenest part of history’s richest civilization—we can set an example for the world.
DAVID SUZUKI FOUNDATION
We are interconnected with nature, and with each other. What we do to the planet and its living creatures, we do to ourselves.
This is the fundamental truth guiding our work at the David Suzuki Foundation.
Founded in 1990, the David Suzuki Foundation is a national, bilingual non-profit organization headquartered in Vancouver, with offices in Toronto and Montreal.
Through evidence-based research, education and policy analysis, we work to conserve and protect the natural environment, and help create a sustainable Canada. We regularly collaborate with non-profit and community organizations, all levels of government, businesses and individuals.
Our mission is to protect nature’s diversity and the well-being of all life, now and for the future. Our vision is that we all act every day on the understanding that we are one with nature.
IV. TRANSFORMING OUR ECONOMY
The Capital Institute has pioneered a new space for holistic economic thought that draws on the latest science of living systems, global wisdom traditions, and 20 years of real world experience at the pillar of global finance on Wall Street.
The Capital Institute encourages a transformation of our economic system to achieve social and ecological regeneration. We believe our finance-driven economic system is in urgent need of a regenerative model that must be aligned with the laws—not theories—of natural systems and our current scientific understanding of how the world works, which is remarkably aligned with the compassion embodied in all global wisdom traditions.
We redefine wealth and reimagine finace in service to the emergence of an ecologically and socially regenerative economy. By addressing the root causes of climate change, economic injustice and even pandemics, we promote the emergence of thriving communities and a flourishing planet.
The Regenerative Economy we foresee is a powerful one, unleashing presently unseen potential, which is the source of Regenerative Age prosperity, and replacing no longer feasible extractive growth. This potential derives from the essence of our individual genius, the deep purpose of regenerative enterprise large and small, and must extend to the macro socio-economic system as a whole.
THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY
ELLEN MACARTHUR FOUNDATION
In our current economy, we take materials from the Earth, make products from them, and eventually throw them away as waste – the
process is linear. In a circular economy, by contrast, we stop waste being produced in the first place.
The circular economy is based on three principles, driven by design:
It is underpinned by a transition to renewable energy and materials. A circular economy decouples economic activity from the consumption of finite resources. It is a resilient system that is good for business, people and the environment.
The circular economy is a systems solution framework that tackles global challenges like climate change, biodiversity loss, waste, and pollution.
CRADLE TO CRADLE ECONOMICS
How we design and make products today shapes the world we will inhabit tomorrow.
Cradle to Cradle Certified® is the global standard for products that are safe, circular and responsibly made.
Leading brands, retailers, designers and manufacturers across the value chain rely on the Cradle to Cradle Certified Product Standard to ensure the impact of their products on people and planet is a positive one. For more than a decade, Cradle to Cradle Certified has been helping companies to innovate and optimize materials and products according to the world’s most advanced science-based measures.
Cradle to Cradle Certified assesses the safety, circularity and responsibility of materials and products across five categories of sustainability performance:
Material Health: ensuring materials are safe for humans and the environment
Circularity: enabling a circular economy through regenerative products and process design
Clean Air & Climate Protection: protecting clean air, promoting renewable energy, and reducing harmful emissions
Water & Soil Stewardship: safeguarding clean water and healthy soils
Social Fairness: respecting human rights and contributing to a fair and equitable society
CYNTHIA FIGGE, CSR Hub Cofounder and CEO
Cynthia is a forerunner, entrepreneur, and thought leader in the corporate sustainability movement. Cynthia co-founded EKOS International in 1996, one of the first consultancies integrating sustainability and corporate strategy. She has worked with major organizations including Boeing, Coca-Cola, Dow Jones, and REI to help craft sustainability strategy integrated with business. Cynthia is a national speaker on trends in ESG, corporate social responsibility (CSR), and business intelligence. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur in CSR/ESG, Cynthia was an officer of LIN Broadcasting / McCaw Cellular, leading new services development. She serves as an advisor to media and technology companies and is chair of Compassionate Action Network (CAN). Cynthia has an MBA from Harvard Business School. She is based in the Seattle area.
We provide consensus ratings of company ESG performance as a lever to improve corporate sustainability. We hope that our transparent data platform is part of a broad change that relates company value to its environmental, social and governance performance.
Our measure of the consensus view of the societal impact of entities is based on aggregating over 809 sources of ESG data and publishing ratings when we can accurately estimate them. To date, we have rated more than 28,485 entities and have published data on another 22,548. We have some data on another 100,000 entities and hope to eventually rate most of these, too. The entities we currently rate include more than 99% of listed (publicly traded) companies worldwide.
We believe our work has had a number of positive outcomes and continues to contribute to the maturation of the ESG ratings space.
PLURALISTIC DEMOCRATIC ECONOMIC SYSTEMS
DEMOCRACY COLLABORATIVE -- NEXT SYSTEMS PROJECT
The Democracy Collaborative is a research and development lab for the democratic economy.
The Democracy Collaborative’s mission is to demonstrate in theory and in practice the principles of a democratic economy, offering a vision of what that economy can be, designing models that demonstrate how it operates, and building in coalition with others the pathways to a new reality. By making the democratic economy conceivable, visible, and practical, we open minds, ignite hope, and inspire action.
Note: Theory and Policy for the Next System
Then go to the Next System Project for a sampling of different ways to achieve this vision. https://thenextsystem.org/
ANOTHER LENS TO VIEW REGENERATIVE ECONOMICS DESIGN
What is Doughnut Economics?
If the 21st century goal is to meet the needs of all people within the means of the living planet - in other words, get into the Doughnut - then how can humanity get there? Not with last century's economic thinking.
Doughnut Economics proposes an economic mindset that's fit for the 21st century context and challenges. It's not a set of policies and institutions, but rather a way of thinking that brings about the regenerative and distributive dynamics that this century calls for. Drawing on insights from diverse schools of economic thought - including ecological, feminist, institutional, behavioural and complexity economics - it sets out seven ways to think like a 21st century economist in order to bring the world's economies into the safe and just space for humanity.
The starting point of Doughnut Economics is to change the goal from endless GDP growth to thriving in the Doughnut. At the same time, begin economic analysis by seeing the big picture and recognising that the economy is embedded within, and dependent upon, society and the living world. Doughnut Economics recognises that human behaviour can be nurtured to be cooperative and caring, just as it can be competitive and individualistic. It also recognises that economies, societies, and the rest of the living world, are complex, interdependent systems that are best understood through the lens of systems thinking. And it calls for turning today's degenerative economies into regenerative ones, and divisive economies into far more distributive ones. Lastly, Doughnut Economics recognises that growth is a healthy phase of life but nothing grows forever and things that succeed do so by growing until it is time to grow up and thrive instead.
Dave Batker is one of the world’s foremost experts and leaders in the field of ecological economics. He founded the non-profit Earth Economics and was the Executive Director and President for 21 years. Prior to that he worked with the World Bank, Green Peace, and other national and international agencies to shift economies towards more sustainable paths. His work has been quoted in over 300 newspaper, radio, and television stories and his projects span over 40 countries and 35 US states. He has introduced ecosystem service valuation to cities, counties, state agencies, private firms and citizens across the country. He advises federal, state and local agencies on including the economic benefits of nature in economic decision-making. His approach is pragmatic and solution- oriented. He specializes in translating biophysical sciences into clear socio- economic indicators and cultural values and in designing innovative, cost- effective funding mechanisms for sustaining and restoring natural capital. His work has influenced federal agencies working on ecosystem services and benefit/cost analysis, such as FEMA, HUD, GSA, the ACE, and NOAA.
GREEN BUSINESS SECTOR
GreenBiz Group is a media and events company that accelerates the just transition to a clean economy. Through events that galvanize, stories that amplify, peer networks that bond and industry-leading analysis, we define markets and advance opportunities at the intersection of business, technology and sustainability. We are a passionate team of people that builds and empowers communities to confront the threats of climate change and solve the thorniest challenges of our time.
GreenBiz recognizes the inextricable link between climate change and social change and works across its platforms to connect the dots between equity, inclusion and sustainability by centering justice as a cornerstone of a clean economy. We recognize the power of our platform and actively work to be intersectional in our content by prioritizing Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) across our conference programs and editorial coverage.
Our goal is to ensure that GreenBiz Group — and the industry — reflects the world that we live in, and the world we want to see.
THE LOCAL ECONOMY MOVEMENT
Michael H. Shuman is an economist, attorney, author, and entrepreneur, and a leading visionary on community economics. He’s Director of Local Economy Programs for Neighborhood Associates Corporation, and an Adjunct Professor at Bard Business School in New York City. He is also a Senior Researcher for Council Fire and Local Analytics, where he performed economic-development analyses for states, local governments, and businesses around North America.
He is credited with being one of the architects of the 2012 JOBS Act and dozens of state laws overhauling securities regulation of crowdfunding. He has authored, coauthored, or edited ten books. His three most recent books are Put Your Money Where Your Life Is: How to Invest Locally Using Solo 401ks and Self-Directed IRAs; The Local Economy Solution: How Innovative, Self-Financing Pollinator Enterprises Can Grow Jobs and Prosperity; and Local Dollars, Local Sense: How to Shift Your Money from Wall Street to Main Street.
One of his previous books, The Small Mart Revolution: How Local Businesses Are Beating the Global Competition (Berrett-Koehler, 2006), received as bronze prize from the Independent Publishers Association for best business book of 2006.
THE CLEAN MONEY REVOLUTION
The Clean Money Revolution: Reinventing Power, Purpose and Capitalism https://joelsolomon.org/book/
Joel Solomon TEDx talk 2013 https://joelsolomon.org/see/
CENTER FOR SUSTAINABLE ECONOMY
Center for Sustainable Economy conducts peer-reviewed research on the full range of sustainable development challenges humanity faces, including climate change, deforestation, extinction, inequality and poverty. We develop innovative solutions such as new measures of progress and new policies to expedite the transition to renewable energy. We are also vocal advocates for change, using legislative and administrative processes, the courts, and grassroots mobilization to achieve our goals.
At Center for Sustainable Economy, we work with partners to accelerate the transition to a sustainable and just society. We believe that an economy based on renewable energy, public transit, thriving native ecosystems, local business and cultural diversity is one that delivers genuine progress for all. The transition we seek is long overdue, and won’t come from a handful of experts talking to a handful of decision makers. Instead, we believe that the systemic changes we seek must evolve naturally from an engaged and informed electorate, conscientious consumers, businesses that have community wellbeing as a core value, politicians who are willing to be bold, and strong social movements.
V. TRANSFORMING SOCIAL SYSTEMS
Jennifer began her 30-year career as a math and music teacher in Hayward, CA. As a first-generation college student born into poverty and addiction, she experienced first-hand the liberating power of a highly effective learning communities with core values rooted in belonging. She has spent the whole of her adult life cultivating communities of belonging with particular focus on equity strategies aimed at those place furthest from justice and authentic belonging.
Jennifer spent the past 24 years as a high school principal in a wide range of settings to include suburban and urban high schools as well as leading a K-12 urban alternative school. Most recently she served 16 years as a turnaround principal of the highly diverse and nationally recognized Franklin High School in Seattle, WA. Currently, she is working with Stand for Children in fierce advocacy for students in public schools that have been systematically underserved.
Jennifer has spent the whole of her career building inclusive educational systems with focused emphasis on educational equity as a critical strategy toward social justice. Within the scope of her work as a school leader, Jennifer developed and facilitated multiple trainings across a continuum on DEI topics, all levels of the organization from work with school boards, district leadership, school staff, community members and students. She has further consulted as a school improvement coach, policy advisor, and DEI consultant.
Jennifer is a Certified Dare to Lead™ facilitator and has recently focused her consulting more broadly to include working with organizations, both corporate and/or non-profits, who are committed to developing socially just and inclusive organizations. She and her colleagues customize training opportunities in leadership and DEI work to help organizations achieve their DEI goals.
A dynamic, creative, compassionate, and highly skilled facilitator, Jennifer is committed to ensuring that participants who experience her trainings are equipped with readily applicable tools and transformational leadership practices that enables them to meet the challenges of our time and beyond.
FAMILY AND COMMUNITY RESOURCE CENTERS
NORTH SOUND ACCOUNTABILITY COMMUNITY OF HEALTH
LIZ BAXTER FRC CEO
Leading work across five county region (Skagit, Snohomish, Island, San Juan and Whatcom) on northwest Washington State to improve the health outcomes of people across the region.
North Sound Accountable Community of Health (North Sound ACH) exists to create a just and inclusive culture and the necessary conditions for all community members to thrive.
The North Sound region is home to more than one million people who live in Island, San Juan, Snohomish, Skagit, and Whatcom counties — urban and rural settings spanning from mountains to islands in the Salish Sea. Our region is also home to eight Tribal nations who have inhabited this land since time immemorial: Lummi Nation, Nooksack Tribe, Upper Skagit Tribe, Samish Indian Nation, Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians, Tulalip Tribes, and Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe.
North Sound ACH was founded in 2015 to be a place where collaborative learning, planning, and decision-making could occur, crossing traditional jurisdictional boundaries, and looking upstream to tackle issues that impact health, believing that people in the region are more connected than they are separate.
Advancing equity, well-being and a sense of belonging are fundamental elements of the regional work, using the framework of targeted universalism to shape and inform planning, actions, decision-making, and investment.
ORCAS ISLAND COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
DECIDING TOGETHER: SHIFTING POWER AND RESOURCES THROUGH PARTICIPATORY GRANTMAKING
Grassroots Grantmaking: Embedding Participatory Approaches in Funding report was developed to try and provide some answers and insights into some of the common questions or challenges those who are wanting to use participatory grantmaking face.
TREEHOUSE FOR KIDS
Giving Foster Kids a Childhood and a Future
We envision–and strive to create–a world where every child support they need to pursue their dreams and launch successfully
WELL-BEING OF CHILDREN
WASHINGTON STATE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN, YOUTH AND FAMILIES
Who We Are
DCYF is a cabinet-level agency focused on the well-being of children. Our
vision healthy—thriving physically, emotionally and academically, nurtured by family and community."
Our guiding principles:
A relentless focus on outcomes for children;
A commitment to collaboration and transparency;
A commitment to using data to inform and evaluate reforms, leveraging and aligning existing services with desired child outcomes;
A focus on supporting staff as they contribute to the agency’s goals and outcomes.
What We Do
DCYF is the lead agency for state-funded services that support children and families to build resilience and health, and to improve educational outcomes. We accomplish this by partnering with state and local agencies, tribes and other organizations in communities across the state of Washington. Our focus is to support children and families at their most vulnerable points, giving them the tools they need to succeed.
Brain science tells us that laying a strong foundation, early in life, critically impacts healthy development. The science also tells us that addressing trauma, especially at critical transition points in the lives of youth, helps ensure successful transition into adulthood. To truly give all children the great start in school and life they deserve, DCYF was created to be a comprehensive agency exclusively dedicated to the social, emotional and physical well-being of children, youth and families — an agency that prioritizes early learning, prevention and early intervention at critical points along the age continuum from birth through adolescence.
DCYF is the state’s newest agency. It oversees several services previously offered through the state Department of Social and Health Services and the Department of Early Learning. These include all programs from the Children’s Administration in DSHS such as Child Protective Services’ investigations and Family Assessment Response, licensed foster care, and adoption support. Also included are all DEL services, such as the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program for preschoolers, Working Connections Child Care, and Home Visiting.
Starting in July 2019, DCYF also will administer programs offered by the Juvenile Rehabilitation division and the Office of Juvenile Justice in DSHS. Those programs include juvenile rehabilitation institutions, community facilities and parole services.
Governor Inslee signed House Bill 1661 on July 6, 2017, creating DCYF. The
new agency restructures how the state serves at-risk children and youth, with the goal of producing better outcomes in all Washington communities. Its creation follows the suggestions of the bipartisan Blue Ribbon Commission on the Delivery of Services to Children and Families convened by the governor in February 2016 to recommend a state system that focuses more clearly on preventing harm to children and youth.
VI. TRANSFORMING OUR POLITICAL SYSTEM
THE ART OF COLLABORATION
The Art of Collaboration:
Creating Shared Vision & Powerful Sustainable Partnerships that Improve Productivity
This course provides the conversational templates for creating shared vision and agreements for results. It also provides the conversational skills for resolving inevitable differences and conflict making the collaborations sustainable. This is an advanced course that will further develop ones skills acquired through taking the suggested prerequisite “Conflict Resolution” course.
The course reviews the communication challenges individuals face in creating shared meaning. The purpose of this course is to have participants acknowledge that communication is a learned skill like any other technical discipline, and that difficulties in communication are understandable given the complexity of the communication process. The key challenge is for individuals to understand the nuance of communication and to accept that they can become masterful communicators.
CONSENSUS ANALYSIS SURVEYS
COMPUTATIONAL DEMOCRACY PROJECT
Polis is a an open source technology for survey research that leverages data science. It is described on the website as:
a real-time system for gathering, analyzing and understanding what large groups of people think in their own words, enabled by advanced statistics and machine learning.
More specifically, Polis is a platform for a conversation, in which participants submit short text statements, or comments, (<140 characters) which are then sent out semi-randomly to other participants to vote on by clicking agree, disagree or pass. Polis allows conversation owners to create conversations which can seamlessly engage (currently) up to hundreds of thousands or (conceivably) millions of participants.
Polis provides automatic (real-time, web-based report) and CompDem, or your own data scientists, can produce manual (python Jupyter notebooks based) data science analysis of the resulting polis opinion matrix available in the data export. See: services.
Polis is a Wikisurvey, as:
the dimensions of the survey are created by the participants themselves
the survey adapts to participation over time and makes good use of people's time by showing comments semi-randomly
participants do not need to complete the entire survey to contribute meaning
In its highest ambition, Polis is a platform for enabling collective intelligence in human societies and fostering mutual understanding at scale in the tradition of nonviolent communication. Polis is open source software released under the AGPL3 license
DIALOGUE AND ENGAGEMENT
DIALOGUE AND ENGAGEMENT ANALYST (BILINGUAL)
Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue
Simon Fraser University
Julie has 12 years of experience in project management in the field of sustainable development and she has a Master's Degree in Agricultural and Environmental Engineering.
Julie was hired in June 2017 as Bilingual Dialogue and Engagement Coordinator for the Citizens’ Dialogues on Canada’s Energy Future initiative, responsible for nurturing participant relationships and coordinating large-scale event logistics across the country.
Now fulfilling the role of Analyst, Julie helps to design, implement and manage engagement initiatives through the Centre’s social enterprise. She works on data collection and analysis, report and proposal writing and budget management. She also supports the Projects Team infrastructure and systems and is honing her group facilitation skills.
Originally from France, Julie holds a Master's Degree in Agricultural and Environmental Engineering from Agro Toulouse and studied at McGill University in Montreal.
PARTICIPATORY, DELIBERATIVE DEMOCRACY
DR. THEODORE BECKER
Ted Becker (B.A., J.D., Rutgers; M.A., University of Maryland; Ph.D., Northwestern University.) Becker is the author of 15 books in the fields of Law and Politics, American Government, Global Geo-Politics, and Conflict Resolution.
He is the former chairman of the Department of Political Science at the University of Hawai’i and also at Auburn University. He has also been the Distinguished Visiting Professor at California State at Los Angeles and Victoria University of Wellington (NZ), as well as The Walter Meyer Professor of Law at NYU School of Law and the Alma Holladay Professor of Civic and Community Engagement at Auburn University (2016-17) and currently Auburn Professor Emeritus, Political Science Department.
Dr. Becker is also a professional mediator who was co-founder of the first university based community mediation center in Hawai’i as well as the Executive Coordinator of Honolulu Neighborhood Mediation Network for the City and County of Honolulu and was Vice President of the Asia-Pacific Organization of Mediators (Manila, Philippines), of which he was a co-founder.
His main passion, however, is the field of citizen empowerment through new forms of democracy. He is co-inventor of the first scientific deliberative poll (Televote); one of the early practitioners of Electronic Town Meetings; co-organizer of the first two International Congresses of Direct Democracy (Prague and Athens); and is currently finishing up his next book on this subject, Real Democratic Revolutions.
Dr. Becker has authored many books, including Impact of Supreme Court Decisions (Oxford U Press); Comparative Judicial Politics (Rand McNally); Government Lawlessness in America (Oxford); Political Trials (Bobbs Merrill); Quantum Politics (Praeger); The Future of Teledemocracy (Praeger); and The Last Lost Empire (National Social Science Press).
DEVELOPING GOOD LEGISLATIVE POLICY
FMS GLOBAL STRATEGIES, LLC
Paula F. Sardinas, NBPLA, currently serves as the President/CEO of FMS Global Strategies, LLC, a #Black and other #BIPOC Governmental Affairs Advocacy firm, and The Purpose Driven Girl, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, focused on empowering #BIPOC women and girls who are often unable to use their voice— due to intersectionality and structural racism. Her public policy career spans 28 years working in Telecom, Engineering, Banking, IT, STEM, Cannabis, Social Equity, and Financial Literacy. She is a member of the National Black Professional Lobbyist Association in good standing.
She began her career as an intern on President Bill Clinton's campaign in 1992 and has gone on to serve as the Statewide political director, Women for Change on the Obama Campaign in both 2008 and 2012. She has recently served as the Coalition builder for both Pete Buttigieg and Joe Biden's Washington State Presidential campaigns.
Over the past decade, she has successfully passed legislation regarding Affordable Healthcare, Data Privacy (Consumer Protection), AT&T Florida Deregulation, Anti-bullying, Educational Appropriations (Higher-Ed), Digital Life, AT&T, Metal Theft protection, Credit Union Charter updates, Cannabis Banking, Cannabis Social Equity, Foreclosure Fairness (Consumer), and expanded access to Public Deposits banking.
As Executive, Sardinas has worked for First Union (now Wells Fargo), Spherion, AT&T, NWCUA, and HAPO Community Credit Union. At HAPO, Sardinas was responsible for transforming HAPO's strategic business strategy across the organization into a digital platform for the future to increase brand awareness and new member deposit accounts. She also created the HAPO Academy, which was focused on Financial Literacy and Stem. "My goal is to ensure communities of color—harness this power and control their financial future."
As of 2019, she serves as a Gubernatorial appointment to both FEPPP and the Commission on African American Affairs. She also serves on the following Task Force and Community Engagement:
Foreclosure Fairness, WA State Legislature
CAP, Trade, Invest & Heal (Environmental Justice)
Governor's Eviction Moratorium Workgroup
Win With Black Women National Collective
Former Commissioner, WA State CAA
DOH/COVID-19 Vaccine Implementation Collaborative
Community DEI Member
National Congress of Negro Women
The Links Incorporated, Inc. (Tri-Cities Chapter)
Legislative Task Force on Social Equity in Cannabis
Policy & Advocacy Work Group of the Regional Economic Recovery Taskforce for the greater Seattle area (Snohomish, King & Pierce County)
Tacoma Black Collective – Political Strategies Committee
Sardinas earned her AA and BBA from Columbia College in Missouri and studied for her MBA at the College of William & Mary. She has also worked with and for the Administrations of Presidents Clinton, Bush, Obama, and Biden on various programs to increase opportunities and access for women and children. She has closed out her 2020 by being named by 425 and Sound Magazine as one of the six "Women to Watch."