POLICY AND GOVERNANCE
What frameworks guide the approach and philosophy of cultures, organizations, nation-states? At the core, so much of our path in life has been shaped by policy and governance structures at some level. Yet at times when change is needed the most, it's fundamental to examine what forces are at play and stand up to co-create them meaningfully. Below are cases of participating in executive committees, building and leading social venture boards and chiming in on others.
TWICE ELECTED REPRESENTATIVE OF NORTH AMERICA
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND 2006-2014
ELECTED IN SOUTH AFRICA AND RE-ELECTED IN HONG KONG WORLD COUNCILS
For eight years I had the opportunity and honor to serve as one of the 23 executive committee volunteers to the world's largest youth empowerment international NGO. As one of the EXCO members we were accountable to develop, evolve and vote on governance and policy issues that are the backbone to this large and incredibly complex confederation. For more context, the World YMCA was founded in 1844 and now operates in 119 countries, reaching 58 million people. It was a powerful experience - especially as so many of the issues affect young people everywhere. During my two terms, we worked to bring the youth empowerment mission to life and have worked closely with various partners and UN agencies to coordinate efforts strategically in the eco-system. Our ExCo meetings were held in Geneva, Nairobi, Palestine, Hong Kong, Prague, Estes Park and Durban- with regional ones taking place in Mexico City and San Francisco. Part of this experience was especially powerful for me as I was also able to spend 8 of my first months working with YMCAs across Uruguay, Brazil and Chile. The highlight video captures the global scope and vibe of the mission - this was shot at the final 'World Council' where I also served as a planning committee member.
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE 2011
What is more exciting than bringing vision to life with a growing group of people who deeply believe in improving their local community- especially in terms of sustainability that serves the environment and economy? That is precisely what happened in 2011 when Adam Selzer and I launched a social impact enterprise project dedicated to strengthening the green economy by transforming a hyper urban 12,000 square foot warehouse into a collaborative business platform. Within the three months of launching and pitching the concept we raised USD$250K and secured a 10-year land lease agreement from a local philanthropist. As part of this process, a primarily volunteer effort, we knew we needed more structure and policy support and successfully embarked on recruiting a strategic cross-sector group of executive advisory members - roughly 30 in total coming from corporate, government, academic and the social sector. Below you can see renderings of this project that earned us a 'Green Heros' Award from the Nashville Business Journal, and a variety of media spots on print and news.
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