Monday, February 13, 2006

Weekend Wrap-Up

I feel so much better today. I got enough sleep this weekend, and my mind stopped spinning like a top! I made some progress on several school fronts, including the Diva final paper and the individual field project, so that is a relief, too.

The conclusion for the final Diva paper came out well, even if I do say so myself. I've reproduced it here. Names have been changed to protect the guilty. (PD taught me a new word this weekend - redacted. The following excerpt from the final Diva paper has been redacted.)

Section 6: Evaluation

On its face, the action research project that we embarked on a year ago has been a success at the most basic level as it completely satisfied the stated objectives:

- Provide education on the concept of sustainability
- Create a forum for the stakeholders to envision and design enhancements to their business that can build a sustainable future

However, the project did more than satisfy the stated objectives. As an action research project should, it was developed in partnership with our sponsors, MD and CM. It engaged and involved the people of Wellspring in their own future in ways that they were not engaged previously. Further, in the three work teams the project leaves behind an infrastructure that will continue to support Wellspring's efforts to innovate and sustain its success.

Today there are three ongoing streams of activity at Wellspring addressing different facets of sustainability. Progress has been made in stimulating the energy and ingenuity of Wellspring's people for the prosperity of the company, the well-being of the communities in which they do business, and the environment we all share.

Through the action research process, the Divas were changed, too. In our efforts to "educate" Wellspring, we deepened our own understanding of sustainability and the triple bottom line. We came to see that sustainability is more than a buzzword – it is a worldview that is broad enough to encompass the many activities that contribute to the health of a business.

Finally, CM and MD's unflagging leadership in promoting sustainable business principles became a touchstone for the Divas. We continue to admire their enthusiasm and courage in the face of a skeptical management team.

With the accelerating rate of change in today's world, and increased competition due to globalization, we recognize that we must follow CM and MD's example and each take the lead in our own organizations to promote sustainable practices. This is one reality of the "global village." What affects one of us affects all of us.


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