Episode 1 – What to expect on the Go Cultivate! podcast

In the first episode of Go Cultivate! The Podcast, we discuss what it means for a city to be financially resilient, resource-conscious, and people-friendly. Then, we talk about 5 key groups of community leaders.

Here's what's in store:

  • 1:03 – Why Go Cultivate? And what's up with the name VERDUNITY?

  • 5:00 – Revisiting the purpose of the podcast: "helping community leaders grow financially resilient, resource-conscious, and people-friendly cities.

  • 5:51 – "Financially resilient"

  • 7:00 – "Resource-conscious"

  • 8:00 – "People-friendly"

  • 11:40 – What is the status quo and what keeps the status quo in place?

  • 16:32 – Community leaders: five broad groups

  • 17:52 – Elected officials

  • 22:21 – City administrators

  • 23:50 – City technical staff

  • 25:28 – Economic development

  • 27:17 – Implementers!

  • 27:50 – The importance of making citizens feel like their contribution is welcome – and what a city might look like when they don't

  • 31:36 – Implementers as allies to official city leaders

  • 35:21 – The connection between working on yourself, your neighborhood, and your community

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