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A Sustainable Family Biography

Productive, extended families learn from one another's history, humble or adventurous though it may be.

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California business outreach conservation "Sustainable family" is a metaphor for survival strategy.

Yes, this is a business site. But companies often become extended families and part of a family's "extended family".

Biographies are learning centers. They tell reality much more vividly than reality television. Much more vividly than drama, and much more vividly than the newspaper. The reason is because we care about what happens to the people in the story. It's personal.

Company and family biographies merge as we learn leadership and survival skills from our heritage.

A biography is about our own roots. Our heritage is simply the accumulation of nutrients in the soil of life left by withered leaves and stalks. Trials and troubles, hopes and dreams...and successes and failures and the more common setbacks.

Achievements can be traced back way beyond the launch of a successful campaign. They are grounded in values and skills and family resources passed along the chain of heritage -- along the timeline and across the cousins and distant kin.

Biographies help people get through tough times because there is something timeless about the human need for food and clothing and community and solitude. Technologies change, but hunger persists, adolescence must be lived through and old age is feared and revered.

Do your coworkers have family biographies? Have you ever asked? Are there biographies of people in your industry from which you can learn? Can you write some short biographies of recent retirees or even the biography of a department family that has faced challenges and achieved admirable results?

Just an idea for down times when there's some extra energy at the end of the day...and some retrospective thought about where you came from and how far you have to travel before the day is done!

Living histories make great YouTube shorts. Scrapbooks make fascinating discoveries. And company histories can be repositories of the details that so easily get lost over time.

Together we build our community, year after decade after century.



Edited by Carolyn Allen, owner/editor of California Green Solutions
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