Sustainable Development Goals
The UN General Assembly's Open
Working Group Proposal from summer of 2014 lists 17 SDGs and
169 targets. As of June 2015, it appears these goals and targets
will be adopted in September of 2015. Unlike the Millenium Development
Goals that expire at the end of 2015, the SDGs are targeted at
developed as well as developing countries and include gender
equality and greater economic equality. All these goals need
to be tracked and implemented here in the Bay Area. Since it
is our mission to promote the goals of the United Nations, the
UNA SF Bay COO needs to make the SDGs a centerpiece of our activities.
See the Open
Working Group Proposal for Sustainable Development Goals.
TEAMWORK: WHY METROPOLITAN ECONOMIC STRATEGY IS
THE KEY TO GENERATING SUSTAINABLE PROSPERITY AND QUALITY OF LIFE
FOR THE WORLD by Marc A. Weiss.
Urban areas are more prosperous than rural areas. "The reason
for this disparity is because urban regions are the only places
that can combine the two most important elements for generating
productivity and innovation, which is the main way that economies
create value and compete in the global marketplace. These two
elements are specialization and diversity."
Beyond Transparency - Open Data and the Future
of Civic Innovation. This is a book with articles by
twenty different authors, freely downloadable. The web page is:
What we need to think through is how at this relatively early
date in the opening up of government data we can make sure that
the Bay Area cities use formats that make the data comparable.
Then down the road it will be so much easier to create a larger
Metro region open data system.
The Metropolitan Revolution by Bruce Katz and Jennifer Bradley. "A revolution
is stirring in America. Across the nation cities and metropolitan
areas, and the networks of pragmatic leaders who govern them,
are taking on the big issues that Washington won't, or can't,
solve. They are reshaping our economy and fixing our broken political
system." Katz recently appeared (9/19/2013) on Greg Dalton's
Climate One at the Commonwealth Club with Mayor Lee, Kofi Bonner.
is available and if you have an hour, worth listening to.
His message is a pragmatic one suggesting that U.S. metropolitan
regions can help themselves.
MetroQuest looks to be the engagement software we want, but
it is too expensive - $1000 and up.- and we need to be more organized
about what we want first.
Direct Democracy: A Framework to End Poverty and Maximize
Well-Being by John C. Boik. This is a downloadable book about
restructuring the economy at the local level. "The framework
synthesizes multiple approaches that are currently in use in
cities and regions around the world into a coherent, consistent,
integrated whole. It builds on ideas from buy-local, invest-local,
local-currency, local-food, local-sharing, open-source, open-government,
open-data, participatory democracy, and related sustainable development,
knowledge transfer, social change, and decision-making initiatives.
An integrated approach can allow rapid progress with relative
ease: in the United States and many other countries, no legislative
action is required to implement the framework."
Bay Area Regional Planning
New Plan for the Region, December 17, 2013 - "Two
Bay Area regional planning agencies adopted Plan Bay Area,...the
Bay Areas implementation of the land use portion of Californias
climate change law....The plan is a major step forward in that
it puts transportation money behind a clear land use vision.
But the process of producing Plan Bay Area also revealed weaknesses
in regional planning. In particular, there is too little money
for the regions transportation needs and too few tools
to enact the land use vision." -- spur.org.
Agenda for Change in the San Francisco Bay Area, April
29, 2014. This plan takes the regional view, which is the sensible
way to go as we prepare for coming changes induced by the impact
of humanity on the global ecosystem. This is worth reading in
detail by every citizen of the area. How can we make this plan
bear fruit? spur.org.
1) Stanford Social Innovation Review, Winter 2011
- Large-scale social change requires broad cross-sector coordination,
yet the social sector remains focused on the isolated intervention
of individual organizations." THE FIVE CONDITIONS OF COLLECTIVE
SUCCESS: Common Agenda, Shared Measurement Systems, Mutually
Reinforcing Activities, Continuous Communication, Backbone Support
Impact: A Game Changing Model for the Social Sector from
the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation. NCDD presents
the idea as a strategy for large scale collaborative change and
bills this article as a "primer".
Emergence: How Collective Impact Addresses Complexity
from the Foundation Strategy Group (FSG) -- don't expect a key
that magically solves all complex problems. Still the article
is worth reading and the webinar does provide some insights.
a Strategic Learning and Evaluation System for Your Organization
another article from the Foundation Strategy Group (FSG) -- this
gets into detail about the second point of collective impact,
Complexity from FSG
Social Labs / the commons
1) The Social Labs Revolution - A
New Approach to Solving Our Most Complex Challenges by
Zaid Hassan with forward by Joi Ito Director of MIT Media Lab.
December 17, 2013 - This book is another take on collective emergence.
Complexity makes it impossible to plan. By the time you get to
stage two of your plan, things are different, and if you stick
to the plan, the result ranges from sub-optimal to disastrous.
So what do we do? Hassan suggests we bring together civil society,
business and government to try this and try that - prototyping
to see what works. Social Labs concept is not the same as collective
impact, but seems a good followup to the FSG take on complexity
Commons as a Template for Transformation by David Bollier,
February 2014. "This essay argues that, in the face of the
deep pathologies of neoliberal capitalism, the commons paradigm
can help us imagine and implement a transition to new decentralized
systems of provisioning and democratic governance...." This
is a careful look at the idea of the commons from several perspectives.
Well worth reading and applies to UNA SF Bay COO because it imagines
a future largely controlled by Market, State and Commons, and
we are looking at bringing civic society together with Business
and Government. Perhaps we should think of ourselves as a "commons".
Bringing in the Government
Pete Peterson on how the
Govt sees Public Engagement
This is youtube video about 15
minutes long that explains why the government, while being more
and more open to public engagement at the same time tends to
despise the public and fears getting engaged. Good viewing for
those in the public (us) who may want to engage the government.
Tips on Building a Social
The Movement Action Plan:
A Strategic Framework Describing the Eight Stages of Successful
Social Movements by Bill Moyer,
Spring 1987. Bill Moyer was an activist in the anti-nuclear movement
of the late 70's and 80's. It is not easy getting a movement
off the ground and success is elusive but by no means impossible.