Moments of transition are always a time for reflection. And so, I find myself waxing nostalgic as I pass the baton to our new executive director (see more details on our fantastic hire below).
It has been an honor to serve at the helm of Together We Grow these past three years. So much has shifted in this short time. As our small team and our board have been working hard to build this organization out of the ground brick by brick, the world has experienced war, famine, a pandemic, and a historic uprising to demand more equitable outcomes in our social contract with one another. We’ve reimagined what resilient food systems look like. We’ve radically altered the way we think about, and engage, in work.
For Together We Grow, the reason for our being remains a long game. We’ve made progress, but there is so much more work to do. The actual work of innovating to progress more global food security and climate resiliency. The cultural work of creating organizations, education systems, and workplaces where we are harnessing the potential of all our students and employees. The systems change work of creating more equitable outcomes and economic gains for more people.
We’ve often used 2050 as our benchmark. What might the world look like then? It’s certainly easy to think about a long list of threats and challenges from the technical to the socio-political. But the list of potential and opportunity is equally as long. How good could it get? How much progress can we make? By working together, what could we create?
I’m not the only one in my household experiencing transition. My oldest child is graduating from elementary school as I write this. He’ll be roughly my age in 2050. As I watched him and his fellow classmates transition out of one chapter of life into a new one, I couldn’t help but reflect. On the joy of the past. On the hope of the future. On their unlimited potential.
What world are we creating for these young people? For ourselves? I can’t wait to see. Thank you for letting me be a part of the starting chapters of this amazing organization. I’m eager to see how the story unfolds.
With gratitude, always,
Executive Director, Together We Grow
This message was included in Together We Grow’s June newsletter. Subscribe to the monthly newsletter.