Dear Extraordinary People
I’d rather be blue than green. Read on to find out why.
Please see your VIP invitation for our upcoming 'Spirit of Engagement' event which is attached to this Newsletter. You are allowed to share this invitation with your best VIP contacts. I’ve been busy planning another great event for all of you. As always we will have an evening of extensive networking with those who truly do 'Connect at a higher level'. Talk about raising the bar. We have an exciting and dynamic agenda planned for you. We asked our sponsors and partners to choose a word that represents their brand and it will be fascinating to see what they have come up with. If our event were to have a word that word would be Trust. Isn’t that a bar raiser for ‘Connecting at a higher level?’ The Spirit of Engagement.. What does this mean? To me it’s about restoring our connections to real people, places and values. That leads us back to trust, doesn’t it? When I looked up trust in the dictionary there were a few things that that I really liked: 1) faith: complete confidence in a person or plan 2) allow without fear. There’s another word. Fear. Imagine if we could allow without fear? Really trust and stay engaged? We will explore this further at the event.
It’s been five years now. The St. Armand Ventures Experience (our exclusive VIP networking arm of St. Armand Ventures) has been bringing you ideas, services and products that we think are important. We like bringing you cutting edge, cultural, socially responsible and dynamic information. It has been an incredible journey along the way and I am proud of where these Networking Experiences are headed. I’ve been configuring a new map, raising the bar yet again. Our network attracts some of the finest people from a wide audience of extraordinary individuals in a vast range of fields from film to corporate, hydroponics, luxury brands, publishing, life sciences, investment banking and everything in between. If you are new to us we welcome you and support you; we’re a group who ‘walks the walk’ with passion and integrity. The bar is set high and so please, step up and meet others who have the same high standards and principles as you do. It’s rare to find so many people like this in one place, however, we have worked to achieve this for you and we respect this status as much as you do. We don’t sit still; we’re always climbing higher and higher. Life Hikers, that’s what we are. Life. Hikers.
Par for the course, St. Armand Ventures is still very much engaged in the issues related to the environment, food and water. We’re at the forefront of some remarkable new technologies and we are standing at the very beginning of some brand new fields. Hydroponic/aquaponic vertical urban farming is still a space that is of great interest to me and I have been very active in. I like the alternative and renewable energy space, too. Clean, healthy, ‘real’ food’ has been on my radar more than ever. Sustainability. Love that one, too. Socially responsible companies are catching my attention. The global social change movement is more important than ever. As I like to say ‘Take it to the people’ (that’s from a great Dispatch song).
If my event had a color, it would be BLUE. I have been spending some time with Edie Weiner of Weiner, Edrich & Brown and I have learned a lot. Edie is a published author and she runs one of the leading futurist firms in the world. I met her when she was speaking at a conference in Washington, DC and we’ve been working together ever since. She shares my passion for environmental issues and she has explained to me that blue is the new green. Green is old news. Green is not enough. It’s now important to recognize what Edie calls “BLUE”. Edie says “It’s important to put back even more than what was there in order to enhance any ecosystem.” Putting back more than what was there. Wow. I like that one. I thought you might, too. I’m now turning BLUE and I hope you think about doing this as well. Putting. Back. More. Imagine if we were blue in our personal and business relationships as well?
That’s all of the news from Lake Wobegon for now, folks. I look forward to seeing you at upcoming St. Armand Ventures Experiences. I look forward to engaging you soonest.
Turning Blue and Trusting,