WHAT CAN VISION DO FOR A COMMUNITY?
HOW CAN CITIZENS ENGAGE?
By RACHEL BROCKWAY, Class 23
Scottsdale Leadership Marketing & Resource Development Manager
On Thursday, April 29, Scottsdale Leadership will host its 7th Annual Community Forum, 20/20 Vision: Our Citizen’s Prescription for the Future.
The forum, sponsored by The Arizona Republic, APS and the Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors, will be held from 7:15 – 9 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale at Gainey Ranch, 7500 E. Doubletree Ranch Rd.
More than two decades have passed since Scottsdale participated in a citizen-driven visioning process. Scottsdale Leadership wants to start the conversation. “Communities that have vision achieve amazing results and perhaps it is time for this community to engage in a discussion of its future,” said Dick Bowers, former Scottsdale city manager and panel moderator for the forum. “It is the citizens’ responsibility to say they want to create a shared vision and participate in its formation.”
During the forum, panelists will share their insights on and experience with vision. The panelists include:
20/20 Foresight – Restaurateur Peter Kasperski will discuss how he created a vision for his business which has cumulated into several successful establishments in Scottsdale that attract people from all over the country.
20/20 Hindsight – Former city councilman Charlie Smith will provide a historical perspective on Scottsdale successes that originated with a citizen-driven vision plan.
An Activist’s Vision – Jane Rau, conservation activist and cofounder of the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy, will share how she brought her vision for the City’s preserve to fruition through her grassroots effort and community dialogue.
3-D View – Trevor Barger, founder of Espiritu Loci Inc., a land planning and development assistance company, will provide insight on creating a citizen-driven vision for a community.
For some, vision may be difficult to define. Put simply, Barger says vision is about “what we want to see, not what can we fix.”
For more information, or to purchase tickets, contact Scottsdale Leadership at (480) 627-6710, or visit www.scottsdaleleadership.org. Tickets are $40, $30 for dues-paid alumni and $350 for corporate table of eight.