The Culture of Business
SA2020 is a community vision and movement born from a series of public forums in 2010 to develop goals for improving San Antonio by the year 2020. SA2020 collected the brilliant, passionate and aspirational thoughts and dreams of the thousands of San Antonians who participated in those meetings, then released it in a detailed report that outlined a bold vision for San Antonio’s future in March of 2011. The program is still growing rapidly, amassing community partners, important champions, and others who are committed to seeing this vision realized.
Last week SA2020 presented the latest progress report. This data is the foundation of the community’s efforts toward improvement and frank discussions help drive us toward more action. SA2020 is pushing forward, encouraging people to ask questions and create change, sometimes in a self-critical way. That is exactly what it was meant to do. Afterall, as CEO Darryl Byrd said, we need to make sure “when we hit a target, it’s actually a meaningful one.”
Below is an excerpt from Iris Dimmick’s recap at The Rivard Report.
SA2020 is not Mayor Julián Castro’s thing. It’s not the City of San Antonio’s thing. It doesn’t even belong to Darryl Byrd, the CEO of the SA2020 nonprofit organization. Now two years old, SA2020 is San Antonio’s thing.
So yesterday’s release of the SA2020 Indicator Report and conference, which drew more than 200 people to the Rackspace Castle, wasn’t just a status report on the initiative’s ambitious social, economic and cultural goals set by citizen groups in 2011.
Tuesday was about moving beyond aspiration and into the realm of accountability. Tuesday was about measuring progress or the lack of progress. Tuesday was about data, statistics, and aligning available resources.
SA2020 has forged partnerships with various organizations that are lending expertise and resources to the nonprofit enterprise. One such arrangement, valued at $160,000, is with UTSA’s Institute for Demographic and Socioeconomic Research, which is helping track the 11 specific vision areas (education, public safety, downtown development, environmental sustainability, etc.). Agreed upon metrics that can reliably gauge change are essential, Byrd said.
The crowd of more than 200 invited guests (civic and business leaders, educators and engaged citizens) divided into small working groups focusing on a single Cause. Groups were asked to select priorities, identify missing elements, and consider possible collaborations with other causes.
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