Doug Carmichael will lead us in a discussion of the key factors to consider for Peninsula communities five to ten years out in the context of larger trends affecting all of us. I met Doug through the group “Continuing the Conversation”, which he started as an effort to bring together leaderships of non-profit and other groups impacted by the Silicon Valley economy. From his experience with non-profits he saw that these organizations tend to try to drive toward the future with their mission without any further learning from the environment or from each other. CTC has the modest aim that, just by listening to each other, each would broaden their perspective and make better strategic decisions. (More about Doug below) We at HTP think that we can gain a lot of strategic perspective for our independent businesses from this discussion. We will, as a group and with Doug’s guidance, prioritize trends in localism that impact our small businesses. The results may surprise us and steer the direction of our initiatives.
ABOUT DOUG CARMICHAEL: Doug, who has taught at Harvard, Santa Cruz and is now a distinguished visiting scholar at Stanford has been a consultant on strategic planning and thinking for thirty years. He is currently working on Stanford's approach to the political and social issues involved with sustainability issues. One element of that has been to think in terms of potential future scenarios, good and bad, to clarify issues. Doug has a draft book online which you might take a brief look at: http://gardenworldpolitics.com