Surviving change, and Avalanche

  At an Inclusivity Lunch a few years ago, we featured as a keynote speaker David Labistour, CEO of MEC. MEC (known as the REI of Canada) was undergoing a seismic rebranding effort to change from a ‘core mountain shop’ style of retailer to a more inclusive, welcoming outdoor recreation community hub. This meant shedding…

The Doug Walker Diversity Retreat in North Cascades NP

  October has been a whirlwind month for Kenji Consults, starting with the Doug Walker Memorial Retreat in the North Cascades National Park. Assembled were a diverse group of leaders from around the country, representing the conservation, media, industry and land management communities. The North Cascades Institute Environmental Learning Center played host to the group, where…

Awards and Recognition- what is going on out there and why?

  Value of Awards and Recognition Several years ago I found myself hiking down a steep mountain trail trying to keep up with a well-known chief editor of a national magazine group. He was 6’6” and had a stride like a gazelle. My top speed was still hobbit-like by comparison. I was trying to hold…

Gateways and Outdoor Recreation for Us All

This morning I had an early morning breakfast meeting with town leaders from a gorgeous and popular mountain town in California, and this question underpinned most of our very lively discussion… What is the ultimate combination for healthy living? Clean air and water, education and recreation and healthcare resources nearby… cool people, and cultural diversity?…

What does TED know about Diversity?

If there were one event, or entity, relevant to the business world that utterly captures the reason why diversity is a mission-critical component of every business today, it’s the ubiquitous and highly-respected TED conferences. There is something different about TED conferences and it’s more noticeable the more presentations from TED we see. What makes them…

New High Desert National Monuments- Thanks, Obama!

  Through the great efforts of Dianne Feinstein (CA Senator) and a cadre of advocates from conservation orgs to citizen inputs, California has THREE more public land areas that will be protected from the adverse effects of development, extraction or high-impact activities to enhance and preserve for natural recreational experiences far into the future. Despite…

Adventure Parks of the Future

Just saw this from the amazing Kelly Slater. It immediately conjured images of a comprehensive adventure parks experience of the future where people of all ages/ilks/cultures/geographies can learn and try and fail and succeed in a controlled environment. Practicing adventure skills means failing where it’s safe to do so, and enabling a positive experience when…