Last week I attended Leading Change 2012, the youth component of GLOBE 2012. I met amazing people ranging from engineers and scientists to business and communications/marketing professionals all at difference stages of their careers. Despite such diversity, everyone was united by their interest in sustainability and the environment.
The goal for the week was action with a focus on collaboration, engagement, discussion and leadership as tools to get there.
Leadership, specifically, was one of the most dominant themes of the conference. Throughout the conference, we discussed how leadership is about taking small actions and inspiring other people. It is about giving people, your audience or the masses a vision. To be successful, it also means surrounding yourself with people who have different strengths than you but are motivated by a common goal/interest. Strive to push beyond the blinders of your formal education and expertise by making an effort to learn more than what you are trained in.
These themes can all be related to our organization. Given that PPF is a small non-profit, we must collaborate with government, companies, NGOs, park partners and volunteers to help make positive change. We encourage engagement and leadership within the regional parks system especially on behalf of youth as demonstrated by the success of the Catching the Spirit Youth Society.
My experience at Leading Change 2012 has given me further confidence that the Pacific Parklands Foundation is on the right track as a community leader dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of the Metro Vancouver regional parks system.