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When: Friday, August 23, 2013
From 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM
Contact: Prucia Buscell

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Friday, August 23, 2013 - 1-2 PM ET
Complexity Leadership and Communities of the Future
Guests: Daniel Pesut, Rick Smyre and Robin Cape

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Preparing for a World That Doesn't Exist: An Introduction to Community Transformation (ppt)

An understanding and appreciation of the principles of complexity science may be key in developing the kind of transformational leadership that communities of the future will need as they face a wide range of new and evolving issues. Asheville, North Carolina may just be a place where people put theory into action.

Rick Smyre is an internationally recognized futurist who focuses on community transformation in an increasingly interconnected and complex world. He has presented at events and conferences in the U.S., England, Scotland,and Canada,including the World future Society Conference in 1994. His articles have been published in the U.S., Scotland and India. He is working to develop networks of people and organizations interested in the concepts of transformational learning, master capacity building, and what he terms a creative molecular economy. He earned a BA in history from Davison College and earned degrees in chemistry and economics from North Carolina State University. He is a North Carolina resident and president of the Center for Communities of the Future.

Daniel Pesut, PhD, is professor of Nursing Population Health and Systems Cooperative Unit and Director of the Katharine J. Densford International Center for Nursing Leadership and holds the Katherine R. and C. Walton Lillehei Chair in Nursing Leadership at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing. Throughout his 38 year career as a nurse he has held positions in both academic and public sectors serving in a variety of roles that include staff nurse, clinical nurse specialist, director of nursing services, academic department chair, and associate dean. He values and supports creativity and innovation and is dedicated to the development of next generation nursing leaders through his coaching and consulting practice. He served as a Trustee of the Plexus Institute from 2005-2010 and was the Chair of the Plexus Institute Board of Trustees from 2011-2012. Read Dan's blog Meta-Reflections.

Robin Cape is a futurist, and a former member of the Asheville City Council, where she focused on sustainability by instituting a two percent energy conservation goal, LEED Gold standards for municipal buildings, and the creation of a Sustainable Advisory Committee on Energy on the Environment. She now works with the Asheville Hub and with Asheville-Buncombe Sustainable Community Initiatives, a nonprofit devoted to enhancing resilience of the community through education and engagement. She is project manager of a private-public collaboration to build a Futures Center for innovat9ion, education and business in downtown Asheville. The center will build on Climate Assets of NOAA and the National Climate Data Center, both located in Asheville, by bringing together public, private and institutional partners to build an ecosystem for business and community development. She has worked with Rick Smyre of the Communities of the Future since 2012 and is collaborating with him to pilot the program in Asheville.

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