When John Knox started enumerating the 62 projects currently growing and striving under his “supporting wings” I saw my friends of Team 17 of Leroy Merlin not believing their ears.
It is true, it came as the last shock of their visit to the Brower Center, so skillfully and generously set-up and guided by Michael Mitrani.
Thank you Michael, thank you John for having infused your passion to the members of the Team. They will go back to France with new enthusiasm, with better ideas, with the belief that things can move forward. They will surely also act; you’ve given them the keys to commitment. In the bus, after the visit, Fulvio attended me to the first quote of David Brower’s monograph he received from you:
“Until one is committed there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation) there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans; that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favour all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way. I have learned a deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets:
Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it”
Can you belief what Fulvio told me: This very same quote highlighted the convention of Leroy Merlin a few years ago, bringing this company to the level of excellence in business and in societal responsability they have today. This is no coincident, this is a sure sign that Providence is helping all those who have dared to start the walk to “Invent the Future” … and it gives so much more meaning to what we are doing here, in the Bay Area.
Thank you John, Thank you Michael
Earth Island Institute is a non-profit, public interest, membership organization that supports people who are creating solutions to protect our shared planet.
For 25 years, Earth Island Institute has been a hub for grassroots campaigns dedicated to conserving, preserving, and restoring the ecosystems on which our civilization depends.
Our Project Support program acts as an incubator for start-up environmental projects, giving crucial assistance to groups and individuals with new ideas for promoting ecological sustainability. Since our founding, we have provided fiscal sponsorship to more than 100 projects around the globe.
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By sharing resources, Earth Island’s network of grassroots leaders benefit from the synergistic exchange of experience and ideas, making its members more effective together than they could ever be apart. We currently serve as the fiscal sponsor for more than 40 groups, including Baikal Watch, Energy Action, Ethical Traveler, Fiji Organic Project, International Marine Mammal Project, Reef Protection International, Sacred Land Film Project, and Women’s Earth Alliance, among others. Successful Earth Island Institute alumni projects include International Rivers, Rainforest Action Network, and Bluewater Network.
Our model for assisting campaigns addresses one of the environmental movement’s historical barriers to success — that large non-profit organizations typically set their agendas far in advance, and thus are slow to respond to urgent, emerging issues. Creating new organizations for each campaign is impractical, because the time and effort detracts from achieving immediate goals.
Earth Island Institute was founded in 1982 by legendary environmentalist David R. Brower as an innovative solution to this dilemma. Rather than create dozens of separate non-profit groups with the same basic administrative needs, Earth Island acts as an umbrella organization, providing individual projects with the freedom to develop new initiatives by offering a wide range of professional services, from fiscal administration and program management to office space and equipment.
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