Friday, April 2, 2010

f|back: what i value ...

coupled with my 1994 epiphany, i had a set of values for catalysts: a network promoting intelligent change. below is what evolved since the original 1994 version (click image on the right).

since 1994, i have refined my mission|vision|values statements - it's part of the lens that i look through as i walk through and participate in life.

The CATALYST’s VALUES are based on


  • Catalysts RESPECT that an individual is a member of multiple COMMUNITIESFAMILY, SCHOOL, FAITH, EMPLOYER, TOWN, NATION, and WORLD.

  • Catalysts encourage each individual to be RESPONSIBLE for his or her community.

  • Catalysts challenge each community to be ACCOUNTABLE to each individual.

  • Catalysts APPRECIATE each individual in a community is UNIQUE yet shares common goals.

  • Catalysts ACKNOWLEDGE that each community has a FINITE mix of individuals.




  • Catalysts stimulate DISCUSSION among communities and businesses toward Collaborative and Results-oriented decision making for practical, creative, and cost-effective Solutions.

  • Catalysts enhance AWARENESS of a community’s and business’s interactions with, and responsibilities toward, the Environment.

  • Catalysts commit during a community’s and business’s PLANNING phase of economic development, energy management and environmental compliance to Integrate and Implement public policies.

  • Catalysts provide CHOICES for communities and businesses to make informed decisions for Sustainability.

  • Catalysts identify and present economic OPPORTUNITIES for a community based on Directing growth and Connecting key community and business objectives.

  • Catalysts choose to RENEW communities to accomplish their goals toward Restoration and Preservation of the environment.

a little about the original values ...
they were crafted as a result of constant re-hashing and (re)interpretation of my "tracing paper scribbles" - what looked like many disparate ideas, flow charts, and doodles, turned out to serve as my discovery of what moves me in life. and for at least ~13 years, i was directly expressing many elements of my mission|vision|values through my consulting practice and related professional and personal development activities. i am glad i did not let others who mocked me and my ideas deter me from the scribble-fest of ideas.

feels wonderful to reconnect.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

f|back (may '07): my 1994 epiphany and vision

(repost from 05/18/07)

in may 1994, an early saturday morn ... around 5:30 am (pacific), i had an epiphany. from it - the following -

There are BRIDGES yet to be constructed by those who live and

breathe in their ENVIRONMENT — AIR, LAND and WATER. Egos stand firm

on the ground that they were born and choose not to acknowledge that

to get one step closer they must go one step FURTHER.


[by Shirley © 1994]

a little context ...
i was living in san diego, and for nearly 3 years, i had been working for a large corporation's environmental department. meanwhile, california was going through the beginning of electric utility restructuring. for several months, posted in my open workspace was a quote translated from louis pasteur's -
"dans les champs de l'observation le hasard ne favorise que les esprits préparés."
translated as -
in the field of observation, chance favors the prepared mind.
and for quite some time beginning toward the end of 1993, i also was experiencing amazing coincidences, which of course i realized later weren't necessarily coincidences but more along the lines of "... the prepared mind." nevertheless ...

a whirlwind began early in '94 ... meeting people and making new friends, reconnecting with old friends and work colleagues, chance meetings resulting in the beginning of an expanding network of people in the environmental field, creating opportunities for friends, ... and amidst all this excitement, i also had challenging work circumstances - gnarly working relationships with a select few, literally negative work space, and did i say gnarly working relationships. (ask me about what may have been "group therapy" with ratepayer dollars, who knows?!) ... and among all this, i also had some sort of funky atypical eyeball thing going on (which no longer exists).

coffee talk ... to keep sane, i coffee-d regularly after work at least two evenings a week with a good friend, dash. to collect my thoughts, i carried a large leather satchel around with a journal, prismacolor pencils, and tracing paper. later, i added a voice recorder because ideas were flying around. i constantly journal'd, scribbled, sketched, and talked about what i saw in the future and how i may possibly shape it.

the result ... what i consider my '94 epiphany.

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