Last year, I attended the Quality in Sustainability Conference in Anaheim, California. The conference was part of the World Conference on Quality and Improvement (WCQI), sponsored by the American Society for Quality (ASQ). The conferences were great, and I met some wonderful people who believe in sustainability and the need for organizations to step up and take the lead in solving many global problems.
However, I was really struck by one individual—another “hope builder”—by the name of Majora Carter. Majora is the entrepreneur who coined the phrase “Greening the Ghetto.” She was the driver behind the initiative Sustainable South Bronx, which turned around a devastated area of Bronx, New York into a thriving community (www.ssbx.org). Go check this out. It is a demonstration of how vision, belief, a sense of real community, and creation of green collar jobs can breed incredible success. She essentially went back to her roots, said “I can change this area and make it thrive,” and created a miracle. Check out her speeches on TED. You will quickly see why Majora is so special.
So, I had the unique opportunity to have breakfast with her, along with a few others whose belief in a sustainable future is part of their DNA. For those of us at the breakfast table, we all considered Majora the star because of how well-regarded and recognized she is. In fact, you could say I was a little giddy to meet her. Just to be sure you don’t think I am a bit off on my hormones, let me tell you about her. She received a Liberty Medal for Lifetime Achievement from the New York Post, was described as “The Green Power Broker” by the New York Times, and named one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company magazine in 2010. Okay,can you see why I was giddy?Read More