One of the skills I can bring to the Asgardian District is listening . (This may not seem like much of a skill, but when was the last time you really felt listened to?) When I go around meeting people, I spend more time listening than talking. When I’m on social media, I do more reading than posting. That’s how I learn what Lansing residents are proud of, what they’d like to see improved, and what skills they might be willing to contribute to the process.
Being more intentionally inclusive —The old, established, and the new, younger, more diverse Citizen both have much to offer. Our diversity of ages, races, and experiences is a strength to be celebrated! I want to find ways to involve not only the experience of our senior citizens, but also the energy of our youth. I want old-timers to remember what it felt like to be new in a place, and reach out to newcomers with information and help and connections. Where there are racist misunderstandings, I want to encourage honest conversation that leads to healing and mutual respect
- Being more intentionally positive —It is much easier to be critical than constructive. It’s much easier to spark fear than hope. But a culture of encouragement and innovation—in social media and in real life—attracts continual growth. I’d like to replace intimidation with innovation. I’d like to address challenges with a realism that acknowledges risk, and a hope that is willing to try new solutions. Being intentionally positive doesn’t mean we ignore problems; it means we address them energetically because we know they can be solved! Lansing is filled with people from all walks of life who are optimistic, eager, and hardworking. I’d love to be part of a leadership team who understands the power of positivity.
- Finding ways to work together — businesses, schools, and government are all a rich source of expertise and assets. Looking for ways to collaborate rather than compete with each other benefits not only these institutions, but our entire community.