Watch the We Make Seattle video here now to see the result of what our makers, entrepreneurs and creatives rolled out on our behalf!
The upside from Silicon Valley’s lack of growth planning is seeing how easily the cultural gifts that make our city vibrant could be lost if we aren’t thoughtful about how we grow and expand. Reflecting on what didn’t work well for San Francisco gives us the opportunity now to make sure our planning and actions circumvent the same pitfalls, while honoring the best things about living and working in Seattle.
As Gary Vee says in a way only he can, entrepreneurs don’t cry about what isn’t working, they adjust and make great things happen.
We each have an opportunity to be warriors for protecting and evolving the amazing Seattle culture on display in the We Make Seattle video. I believe that standing up for our creative/artful/civilized/humanitarian community is what we need to do for the people of Seattle. It would be a shame to lose our unique personality. We have to avoid the negative outcomes Silicon Valley residents are faced with, as we actively celebrate and support the communities that have made Northwest culture so great.
Our tech community has a plethora of valuable resources – and we’re using them to build a future Seattle that we’ll love even more than the one we share today – but it’s going to take the whole village to succeed. Finger pointing will get us no where. Working together to harness the energy of people power will be vital to our success.