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LWCF Summit. The importance of inclusion!. You can judge the quality of any society by examining three factors…. The condition of their Children and elderly…. …The condition of their Environment…. …How they use their free time!. What are we doing to combat the perception that….

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lwcf summit

LWCF Summit

The importance of inclusion!

you can judge the quality of any society by examining three factors
You can judge the quality of any society by examining three factors…

The condition of their

Children and elderly…

…The condition of their


…How they use their free


what are we doing to combat the perception that
What are we doing to combat the perception that…

…recreation is activity that occurs in

leftover time, in leftover space, with leftover money?


We will use parks and recreation services to inspire Americans to:

  • Civility
  • Physical and psychological health
  • Conservation and environmental stewardship
  • Expand their recreation, educational, avocational and career options
  • Lifelong learning, creativity, discovery, awe, and curiosity
  • Civic engagement and community service, and to
  • Live powerfully in demographically, culturally and ethnically diverse communities


roles of government
  • Protect the lives, property, and rights of citizens
  • Protect, & insure the wise use of, the environment -- balancing environment as economics, art, habitat, science, spirit, etc.
  • Minimize suffering--provide a safety net
  • Enrich the lives of citizens through education, arts, and recreation--provide experiences that encourage lifelong creativity, fitness and learning
  • Promote citizenship, create and sustain community spirit, pride, & civility
  • Ensure the economic vitality of the jurisdiction

Mickey Fearn -- "SYNAPSE"

the evidence is clear
The evidence is clear…
  • Common Core Values
  • Committed people and principles
  • An enormous asset
  • Bi-partisan
  • High Polling numbers among all demographics
  • Local and national impacts
  • Willingness to tax themselves
  • Voluntarism and Stewardship
  • Patriotic
  • Transcendent
  • Health
  • Transformative
  • Educational
  • Youth Development
  • Spiritual
  • Moral
  • Economic
  • Environmental
aspects of our culture that seem to getting the way
Aspects of our culture that seem to getting the way
  • Invisible work
  • Professional Humility: Inability to claim credit
  • Inarticulate about the real value of what we do
  • We’re so use to taking hits and moving on
  • We do everything to maintain service levels despite taking huge hits
the challenge the process the plan
The challenge-The process- The plan
  • Content: The challenges and the vision
  • The process: What do we do?
  • The dynamics: How do we increase and maintain the energy required to achieve our objectives?
  • Strategy: How do we proceed?
what are the challenges
What are the challenges
  • The reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation fund
  • The continuation of traditional LWCF activities
  • The unification an diversification of the parks, recreation and conservation movement
  • Expand and diversifying our stakeholder base
  • Addressing environmental justice and other urban issues
  • Rehabilitation, revitalizing, repurposing parks and recreation lands and facilities
the ends
The ends
  • As a result of the unification and diversification of the conservation movement there are thousands of people, young and adult, in wild, rural and urban settings working actively to create and sustain spaces and communities in which they can fulfill their promise and are safe, healthy, and unafraid.
the ends1
The ends
  • We will repair the disruptions that have caused urban communities of color, young people, and others from considering environmental and conservation activities as recreation interest, civic interest or career alternatives.
the ends2
The ends
  • We will all pledge to have all generations from this point forward stay connected with nature from birth.
the question can we
The question: Can we…
  • Increase natural amenities in urban areas
  • Improve access to existing natural spaces
  • Provide opportunities for physical fitness
  • Improve or enhance existing amenities through community restoration, repurposing resources and facilities, revitalization (Red Fields to Green Fields)
  • Provide healthy spaces close to all residents that provide opportunities for community gathering, respite, reflection, regeneration, and spontaneous improvisational play?
while concurrently
While concurrently…
  • Using conservation as the centerpiece of community building/civic engagement
  • Creating the next generation of environmental stewards
  • Addressing environmental justice chronic health issues-- Addressing mortality and morbidity
  • Breaking restrictive cycles of racism and poverty
  • Providing opportunities for community engagement and stewardship
  • Improving community economics
  • Providing employment opportunities
  • Expanding recreation and career opportunities
  • Providing opportunities for STEM education
We will be challenged to perform “familiar” roles in “new” conditions and to perform new roles in new, more complex, and challenging situations.


Aware Users



Aware non


the importance of inclusion and diversity
The importance of inclusion and diversity
  • When groups are exposed to a more diverse and inclusive range of perspectives, when their values are forced to confront different viewpoints, they are likely to avoid falling prey to selfishness and extremism.
  • Inclusion and diversity are critical to building our cultural, emotional, and creative intelligence and to creating relevant effective solutions to complex challenges
  • New possibilities, productivity, creativity and innovation emerge when the vision, mission, resources and expertise of diverse individuals and different organizations intersect.
  • Inclusion and diversity do not just expand the common ground of consensus. They increase the larger group’s ability to solve problems.
  • We are smarter as a coalition—more innovative and flexible in our thinking when diverse perspectives collaborate. (Johnson)
groups we have to engage
Groups we have to engage
  • Adversaries: in and out of the “tent”
  • Cynics
  • The indifferent
  • The unaware: The millions of citizen to whom we are invisible
  • Passive supporters
  • Active engaged supporters
the stakeholders
The Stakeholders
  • Those who have not found their place or voice in the parks, environmental and conservation movement
  • Young people and people who represent American demographics
  • Leaders and representatives of communities of color
  • The environmental justice community
  • Learning institutions (K-12 and Higher Education)
  • Advocates from other professions
  • Grassroots community organizations
  • Local parks and recreation and community building public agencies
  • Foundations
  • Community leaders, elected officials and their representatives
  • Local conservation and stewardship
  • Professional service organization
  • Traditional stakeholders
Collective Action



“The barn raising”


“The rugged individualist”



How we

live together?



What is a community?
  • Community members:
    • Rise above their self-interest for the collective good
    • Are mindful of the collective impact of their individual acts...
    • Are constantly mindful of how their actions, good or bad, impact others...
    • Extend their love, respect, trust, credibility, generosity, and philanthropy to those outside of their affinity groups...
    • Behaviors are aligned with common values...
    • Are focused on why they chose to come together
    • Can realize their potential...
The Challenge
  • How do you sustain the energy, commitment, dedication, enthusiasm, and spirit of a diverse team through the routine and episodic events that often breakdown critical relationships and distract them from their vision and mission and cause them to fail?
For every act of creativity…

There is an act of destruction!

human nature
Fear -Scarcity

Individual survival




Prisoners of routine

Path of least resistance






Philanthropic/ Generous




Creative/ Improvisational/Innovative


what factionalizes our stakeholders
What factionalizes our stakeholders?
  • Imposing our values system and view of the world on the people we are trying to engage
  • It is always a problem when the parasite eats the host
  • Any factionalization is can derail us
  • Hidden agendas
  • The perception that if they stay engaged they will personally lose:
    • Money
    • Flexibility, or
    • Power
what will hold us together
What will hold us together?
  • Aligning our common interest, visions, goals and principles
  • Transcending historical conflicts
  • Creating and sustaining trust, respect and structured open and honest communication
  • Anticipating and rehearsing for unavoidable conflicts
slime mold theory
Slime mold theory…
  • For such a simple organism, the slime mold has an impressive intellectual pedigree For scientists trying to understand systems that use relatively simple components to build higher-level intelligence.
  • “The slime mold spends much of its life as thousands of distinct single-celled units, each moving separately from its other comrades. Under the right conditions, those myriad cells will coalesce again into a single, larger organism, which then begins its leisurely crawl across the garden floor, nutrition as it moves about. When the environment is less hospitable, the slime mold acts as a single organism; when the weather turns cooler and the mold enjoys a large food supply, “it” becomes a “they.” The slime mold oscillates between being a single creature and a swarm.”
what matters the most
What matters the most?

In an effort like this, with so much at stake for

the country and our respective professions and interest—all that really matters is…

…What’s possible and who cares!