We are convening a virtual meeting to ask for your feedback and input to shape the way the Chicago Wilderness alliance activate a
Green Vision for the region.
We envision a vibrant region where people and nature thrive together, promoting diverse and healthy communities, economic vitality, and well-being for all.
Many of you have been hard at work on projects that move us toward this Vision. Excitingly, new proposed goals to support the Vision explicitly address the nature access and benefits to people across the region -- in particular to people who haven't previously been included in the conversation.
The partnership now needs your best thoughts on how to shape that vision into a specific goal about nature access and benefits for people, and how to track its progress.
A group of interested partners are invited to attend a two-hour Zoom meeting in the next month to discuss the proposed goal, contribute ideas, and offer input to improve the goal. The schedule is to have an ambitious, well-crafted goal by the end of the summer
Why: "Chicago Wilderness" is the place where we all live and an alliance of 200+ who work on environmental conservation-related issues in this area. CW is member-led, and over the past few years, alliance partners have agreed to develop a more explicit shared vision to express the kind of place in which we seek to live:
Diverse members working together in the region for vibrant nature that improves environmental and human health, promotes better quality of life, and benefits our collective home, today and for generations to come.
Now the task is to turn this statement into attainable and measurable goals, so that progress can be measured, gaps can be addressed, accomplishments can be celebrated.
5-7 different goals have been drafted up to measure progress toward this vision, involving progress in protecting land, in managing it well, and in promoting best practices on farms, campuses, and neighborhoods. But what is the best way to write a goal that explicitly addresses "diverse and healthy communities, economic vitality, and well-being for all?" That's where you come in.
What: We seek your participation in a 2-hour Zoom meeting. We will introduce the vision and goals and the goal of the day: to surface a series of discrete statements that will help to put a SMART goal about nature access and benefits for people together. SMART means: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound.
How: We'll take the output of the meeting and write up a draft goal and invite edits and comments. We won't have a "wordsmithing" meeting. We'll need to accomplish this in the weeks after the workshop.
Who: We're inviting folks both inside and outside of the formal Chicago Wilderness partnership who have experience in removing barriers connecting people in communities to nature. We are asking for no more than 2 people from each organization to be a part of the Zoom meeting. We are very open to additions to the group, and invite you to forward this invitation, especially those with experience in working with goals and metrics. We (Mark and Alison) at the Field Museum are pleased to convene this group and to do some of the core writing, but we view this as a group effort.
Mark Bouman and Alison Paul
The Field Museum