October 04, 2011
As the season changes from summer to fall, it is once again time to close the pool, store the lawn furniture, and turn off the air conditioners. We are about to experience snow, winter coats, fireplaces, and warm furnaces.
This is also the time when birds begin to migrate to the South to take advantage of the warmer climates. It is a well-known fact that many birds fly in flocks, typically in a "V" formation with various birds alternating as the lead of the "V." This is an interesting dynamic; birds have figured out that it is more effective and efficient to fly in flocks to achieve their mission.
When in comes to addressing the mission of economic inclusion, could we learn from this example?
Economic inclusion is an issue for majority and minority businesses, public and elected officials, church leaders, political activists, economic development organizations, inclusion entities, foundations, and the list goes on. Individuals and organizations continue to address this issue. But the question is: Are they flying together?
What if we took a lesson from the birds and began flying together? What if the leader of each group that is focused on economic inclusion took turns alternating in the lead position of the "V" and got everyone flying in the same direction to achieve a common goal?
If the consensus is that economic inclusion is important to the vitality of Northeast Ohio, then let's get on with the mission of making it happen for this community. Individual efforts are wonderful, but coordinated efforts can be more impactful and sustainable. If we address this mission like the birds by "flying together," we might be more effective and efficient in advancing and sustaining economic inclusion in our region.