Building an inclusive roadmap for urban economies and people to prepare for the future of work and achieve human-ecosystem equilibrium

Our Approach

Our approach is guided by our commitment to authentic community engagement and cross-sector collaboration. Thus, our methods are informed by the fundamental principles of community based participatory research (CBPR). We believe the clients (community + governance & institutional stakeholders) possess invaluable knowledge, experience and untapped capacity to steward the outcomes in the direction of their  “True North”.  As a result, we start with a baseline and asset mapping process that identifies the ecosystem’s existing and emerging efforts in order to integrate and amplify community rooted work. We then deploy our technological and research expertise to devise a plan to ensure people, the planet, communities and the economy (profit) exhibit resilience to the impending global shocks of climate change and automation while materializing inclusive prosperity.

People & Community

Our design is community informed and driven. We believe all people possess the innate ability to competently steward their journey on a self-charted path of good health, well-being and prosperity when provided access to viable human development pathways. Thus, we strive to empower under-served communities, expand equitable access to urban resources, cultivate communities of good health and ensure people are prepared for the future of work.

Place

Our built environment designs capitalize upon local community’s assets, inspiration and potential, with the intention of creating public spaces that promote people's health, happiness, and well-being. We optimize the use of underutilized space to enhance the urban experience while centering inclusive smart city design principles.

Economy, Enterprise & Entrepreneurs

Access to a decent standard of living requires a healthy economy. A jurisdiction’s GDP will be largely impacted by the composition of its industry/employment sectors. Accordingly, economies must evolve and adapt if they are to survive global shocks (e.g. expiration of positions caused by automation, demand for STEM related positions etc.). Consequently, career and success pathways must be created, retained and maintained so that families are able to earn a livable wage.

Environment

We steward ecologically responsible resource management, resilient natural systems, and regenerative landscape maintenance practices through thoughtful, research-based planning and design for a more meaningful connection between people and nature.

Jurisdictions’ Problems of Practice (PoP)

Governance, institutional and community stakeholders are well intentioned. However, barriers exist and persist (e.g. organizational norms, insufficient time, staffing shortage, revolving agenda setting preference based on executive term etc.) which impede critical cross-sector partnership capable of effectively and efficiently remediating social, public and economic challenges.  Subsequently, the plans (strategic or implementation) are void of holistic or integrated solutions, so too are the impact metrics.

Governance and institutional stakeholders encounter challenges to authentic community engagement as a result of historical  inequities and harm. The absence of trust, relationship equity and engagement expertise impedes authentic community engagement and participation. Therefore, community informed and co-designed solution building is difficult to achieve for non-community trusted stakeholders.

Governance and institutional stakeholders’ primary focus is to provide a stellar service model to address clients’ immediate and pressing needs in order to avert additional harm. The immediate and pressing needs compete and sometimes dominate resources, often impacting the ability to develop a sustainable proactive forecasted plan.

Our Theory of Change

  • If GCD solves for collaboration obstacles; then a process to facilitate the co-design of an inclusive ecosystem transformation plan, identification of the suitable metrics, as well as project management tools to monitor, track and troubleshoot implementation barriers can occur; thereby enabling the development of pathways to ensure shared prosperity amidst globally changing landscapes. Such pathways must be differentiated in order to ensure populations can  withstand global economic changes (e.g. automation), shocks (e.g. climate change, recessions etcs.) and the competition landscape of a globalized economy.

  • If GCD solves for authentic community engagement and expertise; then communities and stakeholders can undergo a process of reconciliation and restoration; thereby allowing for a culture of inclusivity embedded in decision making, resource allocation and service model design.  The changing landscapes will indiscriminately impact our everyday lives. However, underserved populations will be disproportionately burdened and  experience compounded barriers to a decent standard of living.

  • If GCD solves for insufficient time as a result of competing interests; then stakeholders’ capacity will be enhanced as they strive to respond to the continuum and levels of care needs (E.g. immediate dire, impending etc.); thereby enabling the development of organizational structuring, alliance building, program design and implementation responsive to existing and emerging needs.

  • If GCD solves for incomplete information and applies its novel framework; then jurisdictions’ collaboration convenings will be abreast of all impending threats to its economy, citizenry, environment, labor force, quality of life and beyond; thereby enabling informed multi-dimensional (e.g. build environment, workforce development) long term planning and prioritization. Additionally, GCD’s aligned funding identification service supports jurisdictions in financing the imperative catalytic projects.

  • If GCD provides tools to effectively and conveniently monitor and track goal achievement and status; then decision makers will be supported in their effort to troubleshoot, remediate impediments to goal achievement as well as track impact; thereby allowing entities to avert loss of time to demonstrate impact, embody implementation fidelity and  “stay the course” of what’s working.

Mission Driven Philosophy

Purpose

We exist to assist people, communities and urban economies mitigate the impacts of global economic changes (e.g. automation and employment dislocation), shocks (e.g. consequences of climate change, recessions etcs.) and the competition landscape of a globalized economy.

Mission

We accelerate cross-sector partnerships to effectively provide services to citizens during the 4th industrial revolution and build climate-accountable environments for 22nd century futures.

Vision

Seamless, cross-sector cooperation to maximize partnership in order to create a world that gives every person an equal opportunity to live a healthy and meaningful life without barriers.