The Value of Vision (Part 1)

Poll results on this blog suggest our hospital and roads matter most to Burlingtonians.

But do those priorities represent or underpin our collective vision of the future?

Our Mayor is asking. Click on this video pitch for his “I Imagine Burlington” initiative.

This is my response:

Start by looking for core values. Deep-rooted, sustainable, balanced.

They should also be very specific. In other words, filter them down to the core. Put them on a bumper sticker. Express them in a 30-second sound bite.

Shared values help define a clear vision and provide a solid path to follow.

They allow Council and City Hall to be more decisive and productive today, when planning for all the tomorrows stretching out in front of us. Think in terms of generations.

Okay, that’s enough preamble.

I imagine Burlington… Ontario’s leading role model for a thriving and livable community in the 21st century, embracing HEALTH and CARING as our most cherished values.

I didn’t say Canada‘s leader. Not because it’s not achievable. Because I believe in a more realistic milestone. And those 2 key words – HEALTH and CARING – must be expanded on. Lots of different ways to look at and build on them.

When I close my eyes, here’s what I envision in vivid detail of “future Burlington”….. Hang on! Before I go further, what do YOU imagine?

Please share YOUR ideas with our Mayor, and others.

Part 2 will follow in a future blog post. In the meantime, I wish you happy dreams.

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