Did everyone read this article last week? I hope so. Not the happiest thing I read during my holiday break, but I have to say I think Tom Friedman is right on here.
I don’t mean this to be political, but I am ready for the “change” promised by President-elect Obama and/or the “reboot” suggested by Friedman.
Here’s an example of one local community that recently took a bold step forward. When Ben Wolters left me in 2006 to join the City of Kent and told me that he was going to build a new hockey arena, I thought he was crazy (although, I don’t think I ever actually told him that). But, I have to congratulate Ben and, of course, Mayor Cooke and others on her staff. They pulled it off. They had an idea that will no doubt change their community for the better and they ran with it unabashedly. I wish them great success.
As Friedman writes, “We (Americans) still have the most creative, diverse, innovative culture and open society — in a world where the ability to imagine and generate new ideas with speed and to implement them through global collaboration is the most important competitive advantage.”
In 2009, I hope more of us are willing to take bold steps to “rediscover, rebuild and reinvent our own backyard.”
Happy New Year to all!