DECEMBER 2008 SHAPING OUR REGION’S TOMORROW th The Center’s Annual Luncheon featuring Pastor Kirbyjon Caldwell will be on April 14 ! IN THIS ISSUE: ”COOPETITION” FOR OUR BUILDING SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES REGION’S WELL-BEING THROUGH COLLABORATION THE CENTER EXPANDS FALL 2008 BUSINESS/CIVIC COLLABORATION FOR THE SECOND LEADERSHIP FORUM UPDATE ENVIROMENT INDICATOR REPORT A PRICELESS GIFT GRADUATES AND BOARD MEMBERS IN THE NEWS “Coopetition” for Our Region’s Well-Being By Randall Butler, Executive Director, The Institute for Sustainable Peace Dorian Ducka was 19 years old when he The members of the group made three first came to the ROM Leadership commitments. The first commitment was that Development and Peace Gathering in they would not join the brain drain from Fuzine, Croatia from his home in Tirana, Albania – they would stay and be part of Albania. Dorian was loud, witty, and building a better future for their country. The mischievous but beneath the boisterous second was that they would meet together for exterior, if you took the time to notice, you prayer and mutual encouragement. The third would find an agile, brilliant mind and a was that they would hold each other heart of compassion. Maybe it was that accountable and not become corrupt leaders I share this story as an example of the power of combination of “daring do” and thoughtful like so many of their elders. “coopetition,” a word coined to capture the reflection that made it possible for Dorian, necessity of working to balance cooperation and already a rising star in politics in Albania, to Over a period of several years, each member competition across ideological, ethnic and return to Albania to put together a of the ADT came to the ROM Leadership political boundaries in order to meet the complex remarkable group of young political leaders Development and Peace Gathering in challenges we face in the world today. The for mutual encouragement and dialogue. Fuzine. It was upon Arian’s return from ROM members of the ADT recognized that in order to that he presented the idea for an initiative help their country, an emerging democracy, build The group that he recruited were all young which the ADT quickly adopted. Arian’s a better future, a forum for sharing diverse men who were already involved in politics. vision was to create a space to which perspectives had to be created. Some were serving as leaders in their members of the government could meet for political parties and intended to offer dialogue across party and ideological lines in Albert Einstein said that no problem can be themselves in the near future as candidates order to build a more civil society in Albania. solved from the same level of consciousness for public office. The group included a They rented a hall, a sound system and that created it. Let’s begin now to create in our journalist who wrote a popular column in a launched the Albanian Free Forum in the city the opportunities for change agents to come national newspaper, a lawyer, and several capital city of Tirana. They had over forty together from multiple disciplines and every activists and community organizers. What participants at the inaugural meeting. Over sector of society – government, business, non- makes the group so remarkable is that they the next several months, members of profit, and the arts – to engage in a more civil were from opposing political parties – half parliament and other government leaders, dialogue. Imagine the future we could begin to were members of the Democratic Party and including the Attorney General of Albania, build for our children and our children’s children half were members of the Socialist Party. participated in the dialogues. Over the past if we here in Houston could follow the example They decided to call themselves the five years the Free Forum (renamed the of the brash young men of the ADT. Albanian Dream Team. Leadership Forum) has met 34 times. Randall Butler is a Fall 2008 graduate of the Center’s Business/Civic Leadership Forum The Center Expands Collaboration for the Second Environment Indicator Report By Wil Uecker, Professor of Management, Rice University, Ann Lents, Co-Chair, The Quality of Life Coalition, and Sandra Wegmann, Manager of Strategic Planning and Community Outreach, Center for Houston’s Future Counting on Quality of Life: An Environment Indicator Report, published in December 2007, is the product of intensive collaboration between the Center for Houston’s Future, government agencies, and other non-profit organizations. The 2007 report covers air quality, signage, green buildings, litter and graffiti, parks and trails, resource use, tax delinquent lots, trees, and water quality. For each of the nine chapters, the 2007 report provides “baseline” information on how the region is doing in each area. The Center proposes a new format in 2009 to examine these baseline measures. In the future, each report will cover three indicators at a time, allowing for a greater focus on data collection and analysis. Reports will be published over a three year cycle so that each year a new report will be released with 1/3 of the nine indicators. The Center The Indicator Report grew out of a “Learning Journey” from the may also expand the number of indicators to reflect public priorities. Center’s 2005/2006 Business/Civic Leadership Forum. Wil Uecker, a Forum graduate and Professor of Management at Rice University, The 2009 Report will address trees, parks and trails, and air quality. played a key role in the 2007 report’s completion, as did Ann Lents, Rice University Professor Dr. Stephen Klineberg has agreed to past President and CEO of the Center, and a 2001 Forum graduate. oversee the project at the Center Board level. The University of Houston Center for Public Policy has agreed to collaborate on Following the production of the 2007 report, Professor Wil Uecker community engagement and data presentation. Dr. Victor Flatt, surveyed 166 community members on their environmental beliefs. Professor at the University of Houston Law Center, has agreed to Air quality was the predominant concern of respondents, both in its write the chapter on air quality. David Hitchcock, researcher at the importance to them and in the perception that air quality is where the Houston Advanced Research Center, has agreed to write the chapter gap between where we are today and where we should be is the on trees. greatest. In conjunction with this public feedback, the Center’s next report will focus on air quality, parks, and trees. See results for this question below. Online Survey Result Question 2: For which two categories of environmental quality is the gap the greatest between where we are and where we should be? Response Answer Options Percent Air Quality: Amount of ozone, fine particulate matter, and toxics in the air. 69.3% Billboards: Number of billboard faces and supporting structures. 7.8% Green Buildings: # and total square footage of energy efficient and environmentally friendly buildings. 19.9% Litter and Graffiti: Expenditure on education, prevention, and removal of litter and graffiti. 6.6% Parks and Trails: Amount of parks and trails conveniently located to residential housing. 19.9% Resource Use: Amount of solid waste disposed, # of homes weatherized, and % of homes recycling. 27.7% Tax Delinquent or “Abandoned” Lots: Number of tax delinquent and abandoned lots. 9.0% Click here to read Development of the First Report, 2007—Counting on Quality of Life: An Environment Indicator Report, a Case Study by Wil Uecker, Ann Lents, and Sandra Wegmann. Wil Uecker is a Fall 2005 graduate of the Center’s Business/Civic Leadership Forum Ann Lents is a Fall 2001 graduate of the Center’s Business/Civic Leadership Forum and former President and CEO of the Center A Priceless Gift By Irma Diaz-Gonzalez, President, Employment & Training Centers, Inc. I am a Spring 2003 graduate of the Center for Houston’s Future Committee has also had a representative every year and attends our Business/Civic Leadership Forum and that same year, a fellow functions. graduate (Hipolito Acosta) and I, as part of our learning journey, started a project to help legal permanent residents, eligible Univision TV and Radio cover the event and have helped us with Spanish to become U.S. citizens, complete the application forms needed to language publicity. We have also advertised with Vietnamese and apply for citizenship. Our ultimate goal was increasing voter Chinese radio as well as other ethnic publications. In addition, we invite participation in the Latino community. We work with various local business partners to help us defray the cost associated with the event. organizations representing different ethnic groups and welcome Bank of America and my company, Employment & Training Centers, Inc. everyone eligible and interested in becoming a U.S. citizen. have been sponsors every year, as are Currently, nearly 80% of the immigrant community in Houston is of various other businesses connected with the Camara de Empresarios Hispanic descent. Latinos. At the time, Mr. Acosta was the Director of the Department of We operate a phone bank prior to the event, completely staffed Homeland Security's Citizenship and Immigration Services and his by volunteers. In any given year, we receive as many as 5,000 phone office had received numerous complaints from community calls asking for citizenship information. Our volunteers assess eligibility organizations about abuses involving unscrupulous immigration and set up appointments. The numbers below represent the number of attorneys, notaries and others charging as much as $2,500 to fill applications processed. This is the largest naturalization assistance event out citizenship applications -- a long, in the City of Houston and possibly the country. We have helped raise technical, and sometimes cumbersome process. In many cases the the level of awareness and the need for this type of service as there are applications were incorrectly completed, resulting in denied now several organizations that offer this service on an on-going basis. applications, additional fees, or worse yet, compromising the applicant's legal status in the country. To become citizens, legal permanent residents must reside in the United States for five years – or three years if they are married to a U.S. citizen Within a few months after our graduation, we established a group or serve in the military. They must also pass English and civics tests, be called Citizenship Coalition of Houston. This Coalition is of “good moral character” and take an oath of allegiance. In the six years comprised of representatives from organizations such as Catholic we have operated this project, I have learned that there is no more Charities, YMCA International, the University of Houston’s priceless gift a person can receive than American citizenship. Immigration Law Center, Pakistani Association of Greater Houston, Boat People SOS, the NAACP, India Culture Center, Slavic If it weren’t for the Center’s Business/Civic Leadership Forum, Mr. Acosta Community Organization, Chinese Community Center, the Christian and I would have never met and created the Citizenship Coalition of Family Center, Camara de Empresarios Latinos de Houston (Latino Houston. Mr. Acosta retired from the Department in 2005 and has Entrepreneurs Chamber) and the National Association of Latino relocated to El Paso, Texas, but the important work of this group he Elected Officials, among others. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson helped organize continues. Lee, who serves on the U.S. Immigration and Homeland Security # of People # of Volunteers* Year Event Location Assisted Involved 2003 753 150 Houston Community College 2004 512 130 Christian Family Center 2005 497 130 Christian Family Center 2006 602 140 George R. Brown (GRB) 2007 849** 150 GRB 2008 318** 110 GRB TOTAL 3,531 810 *Volunteers include immigration attorneys in private practice who (1) train volunteers on the proper completion of forms and (2) review applications for completeness prior to submission to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Citizenship Immigration and Service. **The application fee per person increased in August, 2007 from $300 to $595 as well as the difficulty level of the citizenship written tests, which explains the surge in 2007 and dramatic decrease in 2008. Irma Diaz-Gonzalez is a Spring 2003 graduate of the Center’s Business/Civic Leadership Forum Building Sustainable Communities Through Collaboration By Amanda Timm, Executive Director, Local Initiatives Support Corporation and Rina Dev, Program Assistant, Local Initiatives Support Corporation The Center is pleased to have Amanda Timm, Executive Director for LISC, participate in the January 29th community forum, Houston Have Your Say on Regional Growth and Transportation. Houston Have Your Say is a forum for problem solving with a diverse representation of regional leaders. LISC’s focus is to encourage and support these collaborations, not The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) is a national nonprofit only among members and organizations in a particular with a local focus and presence. LISC serves the community neighborhood, but also among funders and citywide nonprofit development efforts of Houston in a unique way by bringing technical partners. expertise, financial support and national resources to help local organizations create change in their neighborhoods. Houston LISC LISC is in the process of launching a neighborhood-based pilot traditionally has focused on the real estate development portion of program modeled on collaborative community development work in community development - housing, community facilities, charter schools other cities. Eight neighborhoods are participating in the selection and commercial centers. LISC has recently shifted to a broader, more process for the program: Alief, Denver Harbor, Gulfton, comprehensive strategy to community revitalization called "Building Independence Heights, Magnolia Park, Near Northside, Sunnyside Sustainable Communities”. This approach to community development and Third Ward. In March 2009, LISC plans to invite three addresses the integrated nature of the elements of communities and neighborhoods to participate in the multi-year pilot program that is the connection between physical development and human being funded in part by the United Way of Greater Houston. The development. By taking a holistic approach to neighborhood final phase of the selection process includes neighborhood redevelopment, LISC emphasizes community engagement and the presentations on the community engagement process and importance of the people and the place in our work. collective decisions made by neighborhood stakeholders. LISC will invest in the pilot neighborhoods to continue community building; engage in quality of life planning, and implement catalyst projects - both large and small. Community leaders from the selected neighborhoods have been invited to participate in trainings on topics such as collaboration, community building and community organizing. Currently, the organizations in those neighborhoods are reaching out to one another in order to learn each other’s roles and find common ground while expanding existing and building new partnerships. LISC’s Sustainable Communities Pilot Program is a comprehensive, collaborative effort that encourages broad involvement among all stakeholders of a neighborhood. The approach is not new, but offers a new way to encourage and invest in collaboration in Houston. The neighborhoods involved in the process have responded with enthusiasm and action. For LISC, Sustainable Communities represents a new way for the organization to invest in neighborhoods for greater impact. Five goals guide LISC’s work of building healthy, sustainable communities: LISC combines corporate, government and philanthropic resources to help community-based organizations revitalize underserved neighborhoods. Since 1989, LISC and its affiliates have invested more than $88 million to create expanding capital investment in housing and other real nearly 4,700 homes and apartments and 650,000 square feet of commercial, estate development, community and educational space in Houston. LISC Houston is a United Way building family income and wealth, agency. For more information, visit www.lisc.org/houston connecting neighborhoods to the regional economy, improving access to quality education, and developing healthy lifestyles and environments. TUNE IN TO CHANNEL 8 AT 7:00 PM ON JANUARY 29TH TO WATCH HOUSTON HAVE YOUR SAY ON Community engagement and collaboration are the foundation to the GROWTH AND TRANSPORTATION! work of building sustainable communities. Houston Have Your Say partners include: Over the years LISC has learned that collaboration serves to Center for Houston’s Future, HoustonPBS, Houston maximize resources, prevent duplication and increase effectiveness. Community Newspaper, and Houston Public Radio It also allows for diverse perspectives and the incorporation of the unique talents of various players, while mobilizing the community Click here for more information towards a common goal. The Leadership Graduates Now 468 Strong! On October 18th, the Center for Houston’s Future recognized the graduating class of the Fall 2008 Business/Civic Leadership Forum and the number of graduates is now at 468. The seven “Learning Journey” topics were as follows: 1. Education Reform: Roots, Research, & Results – The thesis was that comprehensive education reform will only be achieved through political influence, corporate contributions to political legislation that will affect change, and uniting individuals and corporations to commit 10% of their resources to influencing legislation to support education reform. 2. Education Charter Schools – This team explored charter schools within Houston and examined what components make a top tier school, how to support a successful charter school model, and what best practices can be learned from the model and applied to public schools. 3. Renewable Energy – This group utilized a game show format to share with the audience their research on “renewables.” 4. Quality of Health – This group’s presentation focused on the drivers of “Quality Health.” Key insights from their research included addressing pediatric eating habits and bringing health education back to public schools. 5. Protecting Houston’s Homeland – This learning journey team shared with the audience members important information about protecting Houston from terrorist threats both internationally and domestically. The FBI’s top 4 areas of focus for Houston are: I. Preventing another terrorist attack II. Counterintelligence III. Cyber-crime IV. Criminal activity Key insight: Augment the work of law enforcement agencies by constructively addressing the root causes that The Fall 2008 Business/Civic Leadership Forum graduates: enable recruitment of terrorists or give rise to a substantial portion of criminal activity. Chris Bilton Albert Gaylor 6. Civic Leadership – This learning journey team offered a Andrew Bland Tommy Inglesby panel of civic and political leaders to share in a discussion Read Boles Heather Browne Jon Iszard on fostering civic leadership throughout the region. Randall Butler Susan Kaler Questions posed to the panelists included the following: Katherine Cabaniss Shannon Langrand “How can we get Houstonians more involved in Civic Lorine Clark Anthony Love Leadership?” Renee Cross Vidal Ramirez II “What are the long term implications if we don’t Ann Davis Margaret Robinson address the regional need for civic leaders?” Moritza Day David Ruiz “What constitutes success in this arena, and how is it Andres Diamond-Ortiz Mary Ryder measured?” Jack Drake Michele Sabino Key insights: Café dialogues should be held in more places Mark Ellis Juan Torres regionally to bring more people to the table. Getting other Justin Gannon Hoang Quan Vu perspectives is critical to problem solving. Patricia Garris Eric Walker 7. Regional Cross Sector “Coopetition” – During this Albert Gaylor Carla Lena Wyatt learning journey we heard how all of us working in our Tommy Inglesby independent silos of government, nonprofit, or business must come together to affect regional cross-sector “coopetition.” This group then led us in an exercise that demonstrated the power of “coopetition” and how intentional we must be, if we are to achieve it. Save the Date! Center for Houston’s Future Annual Luncheon on April 14th! Please join us to hear Pastor Kirbyjon Caldwell’s vision for Houston. Contact Jaymie Pedigo at 713-844-9326 for more information ‘s Graduates and Board Members in the News Jefferson Wells promotes Monty Partners is largest E.D. Wulfe receives a Master Eric Bruce Hispanic-owned firm in Texas Builder Award Jefferson Wells, a global provider of Jacob Monty’s firm, Monty Partners E.D. Wulfe has been recognized for internal audit and controls, LLP has made a national name in the the contributions he has made to the technology risk management, tax, niche labor and immigration field since commercial built environment in and financial advisory services, its inception in Houston 10 years ago. Houston, by being selected as the announced that Eric Bruce has been After merging with Miami-based recipient of the AGC Houston 2008 promoted to regional practice leader Adorno & Yoss PA in September, Master Builder Award. He is the for internal audit and controls, south Monty Partners is now the largest president and founder of Wulfe & Co., region. In this role Bruce will be Hispanic-owned law firm in Texas and a Houston based commercial retail real responsible for overseeing the is now poised for an even greater estate brokerage, development and internal audit and controls practice in presence as a part of the nation’s property management firm. With more the south region, and developing and biggest minority-owned firm. Jacob is a than 40 years of real estate executing resource and service plans winter 2002 graduate of the Center’s experience, Ed has contributed to a for the region. The Center would like Business/Civic Leadership Forum. number of major projects in the to congratulate Eric for this Houston areas. Congratulations to Ed achievement! He is a spring 2005 for receiving this award! He serves on graduate of our Business/Civic the Center’s Board. Leadership Forum. Donna F. Cole (spring 2005) was inducted into the Greater Houston Women's Chamber of Commerce hall of fame. Bryan Emerson’s (fall 2002) firm, Starlight Investments was reported in the Houston Business Journal as the fastest growing small company in the Houston area. Roland Garcia (fall 2007) received the DiversityFirst Award from the Texas Diversity Council. Pauline Higgins (spring 2007) was chosen by the Texas Lawyer’s editorial staff as a top female attorney who has had an impact on law and lawyering in the state of Texas within the past five years. Lynne Humphries (fall 2006) and Marvin Marcell (fall 2007) both received awards of excellence from the Texas Healthcare Trustees Foundation. Special Thanks to our 2008 Donors (September-December 15th): Alice Aanstoos CenterPoint Energy M.D. Anderson Foundation Access Data Supply Nancy Chang Wayne McConnell Albert and Ethel Herzstein Charitable DeMontrond Automotive Group, Inc. Memorial Hermann Hospital System Foundation Ellen Cohen Campaign Mosbacher Foundation, Inc. Allen Boone Humphries Robinson LLP Everett Family Fund The Redstone Companies Amegy Bank of Texas George & Kathryn Martinez Foundation Mary Eliza Shaper Anadarko Petroleum Corporation Hobby Family Foundation Marc Shapiro Jim and Nelda Blair Ned Holmes Vivian L. Smith Foundation Susan Borches M. 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