September 6, 2012 – Transactional to Transformational Change: Connecting Communities and Universities Sustainably, David Currie

Speaker:
David Currie, executive director for the Binghamton Regional Sustainability Coalition

Description:
This presentation, will explore how the growth of the localization and sustainability movements provides a useful prism through which to view the historical challenges and opportunities of engaging colleges and universities in transformational community development. Successful models will provide a rich contextual backdrop to explore how anchor institutions of higher education can become strategically engaged catalysts for the kind of change many communities desperately need.

PowerPoint:
“Transactional to Transformational Change: Connecting Communities and Universities Sustainably”

Location:
Binghamton University

Present:
Speaker - David Currie (Binghamton Regional Sustainability Coalition)
Attendees - Richard Andrus (Binghamton University), Peggy Benz, Scott Bowen (Binghamton University), Maxwell Crook (Binghamton University), Sandy DeJohn (Binghamton University), Shelbi DuBord (Binghamton University), Robin Eccleston (Stafkings/STAHR), Donna Fish (Independent Consultant), John Gutenberger (Cornell University), John Hayek  (Southern Tier Opportunity Coalition), Robert A. Holahan  (Binghamton University), Steve Johnson (Riger, A Marketing Communications Company), Thomas Kowalik (Binghamton University), Christopher Lingle (Binghamton University), Rocky Martinez (Johnson City School District), Gavin McClelland (Binghamton University), Charles Wheeler (Broome Tioga BOCES)

Reports/Discussions 

  • T. Kowalik welcomed members, participants and provided a brief overview of SUNY BEST. He reminded everyone that this session was being recorded and a link to the recording would be placed on the SUNY BEST website.
  • Attendees introduced themselves.
  • David Currie, executive director for the Binghamton Regional Sustainability Coalition, draws on his skills and experience in marketing, sales, fund-raising and organizational development, acquired over 35 years in entrepreneurial and corporate settings in the hospitality, food, health services and nonprofit sectors. For the past 20 years, Currie has been involved in different aspects of community organizing and development. Initially as a volunteer, then as the first Director of the Binghamton Regional Sustainability Coalition (BRSC), Currie has played a key role in the formation of this organization over the past four years.  His presentation, explored how the growth of the localization and sustainability movements provides a useful prism through which to view the historical challenges and opportunities of engaging colleges and universities in transformational community development. Successful models will provide a rich contextual backdrop to explore how anchor institutions of higher education can become strategically engaged catalysts for the kind of change many communities desperately need. The Evergreen Cooperatives of Cleveland, Ohio are pioneering innovative models of job creation, wealth building, and sustainability.
  • Video: Watch localizing in action an inspiring case of community transformation Evergreen Cooperatives 2012.

Recording:
David Currie, Transactional to Transformational Change: Connecting Communities and Universities Sustainably, Recording, 06 SEPT. 2012 (Run time: 01:41:47)

Next Meeting:
The next meeting is Thursday October 4, 2012 from 10:00am – 12:00pm, (Location of meeting place TBA)