We had a fantastic conversation yesterday with Paul Kent of the Greater Halifax Partnership, about growing our innovation ecosystem in Atlantic Canada. Part of that for us, is taking #myHFXpledge. (Which we did!) Despite plenty of doom and gloom stories, we’re seeing a real change in attitude in Halifax. Here’s the pledge:
I am joining a unified community of people who share a common goal of social and economic prosperity and a belief in a collaborative and innovative culture. I am open to meeting anyone in this community. I will dream, listen, experiment, and persist.
The rules of the innovation ecosystem, according to the Pledge, are as follows:
Trust and be trusted
Challenge active pessimism
Be a Champion
Why pledge? Because there’s value in saying out loud what you want to achieve. And power in writing it down. Success and leadership gurus from Napoleon Hill to Stephen Covey have spread this message – putting pen to paper (or keyboard to internet) makes a difference. It makes your intentions real and visible. It feels like a contract. And it strengthens our commitment.
We think these are some pretty great rules to live by, wherever you live, and whatever you want to accomplish. So let’s get out there – say it out loud, write it down, and make it happen
Megann and Steve