August 1, 2019
Citizenship is a chance to make a difference in the place where you belong.
Dallas City Council Member Chad West shares his vision, the importance of accessibility, community engagement and creating a sense of place.
First a look behind the curtain. I had the chance to see Chad West in action when our technology broke down and his tech-support partner had to switch out his laptop. A half-hour ticked away, and I was getting antsy about having enough time for a meaningful interview.
This breakdown afforded me the gift of eavesdropping on Chad as he continued to work calmly with his assistant in the background, answering a few questions and ultimately delaying his next meeting so that we had enough time for the interview.
Chad had previously shared with me that he is a stickler about keeping commitments. Integrity is high on his list of virtues. I witnessed him walking his talk while also staying kind and generous with employees. This recollection reassures me that we elected the right person for Oak Cliff and for Dallas.
In this interview we talked about:
- First impressions and accessibility
- Balancing District and City goals
- Neighborhood engagement, communication and building trust
- A Vision for New Urbanization
See expanded Show Notes for Reflections + Resources + Application on this episode's web page.
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July 17, 2019
Good work, done well for the right reasons and with an end in mind, has always been a sign, in most human traditions, of an inner and outer maturity. Its achievement is celebrated as an individual triumph and a gift to our societies.
David Whyte, Crossing the Unknown Sea
David shares his thoughts on meaningful work, spotting talent and the complex topic of gentrification. He riffs on developing real estate by reinvigorating beautiful old buildings and how a community developed an independent spirit.
David Spence is a commercial and residential real estate re-developer here. His specialty is the meticulous re-imagining and re-constructing of beautiful old spaces. If you are familiar with the area, Lucia and Dude, Sweet Chocolate are located in the Bishop Arts Building, his very first project. This is also where the Good Space office is and where we held our interview.
David’s background and credentials include Peace Corp work in Guatemala, an MBA, a law degree and a love (and talent) for fixing up old things. This type of intellectual horsepower, paired with a commitment to community, is not uncommon here in Oak Cliff.
In this interview we talk about:
The integral nature of structure, culture and individual capacities
The complexity of balancing progress and preservation
A productivity tactic David uses to get stuff done
Be sure to check out detailed show notes with links, reflections and resources at the Rise Leaders Radio website episode page.
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