“Seek first to understand,” said Stephen Covey, in his groundbreaking work, Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, “Then to be understood.” Some thirty years later, it’s still true, and the purpose of establishing a series of dialogues for the Great Lakes Region.
Starting in September 2020, the Council of the Great Lakes Region (CGLR) undertook a series originally intended for the Great Lakes Economic Forum, the 2020 in-person event in Chicago which was postponed due to Covid-19, and convert them to virtual round-table discussions. While CGLR intends to continue to produce an in-person conference post-pandemic, it remains committed to providing a forum in which leaders from business, government, non-profits, and academia can gather to bring diverse perspectives to focus on increased understanding of issues toward developing shared solutions.
Throughout the autumn of 2020 and into 2021, CGLR hosted sessions for the circular economy, higher education and workforce development, clean energy, and valuing the services of nature and ecosystems, making ‘green infrastructure,’ a financial reality.
On the Great Lakes Economic Forum Online, you’ll also see the list of issues which rank highest in terms of material interest to our stakeholders in the Great Lakes Region, and we will continue the series of dialogues into 2021, starting with another dialogue around the shift to Clean Energy in January.
If you are interested in attending and/or presenting at these sessions, or if you have a recommendation for dialogues regarding the issue areas, please contact Laura Asiala (Laura@councilgreatlakesregion.org). Sign up here to notified of events as scheduled.