Lyle Benko blogs from New York

Email from Lyle Benko in New York: (May 8, 2007, from New York)

The trip to New York and the TWO presentations to the U.N. and U.N. University on behalf of our SASKRCE were apparently a success based on the offiials public responses and private comments and discussion after the presentation. chuck Hopkins also spoke very eloquently of his assessment of what we have been able to accomplish in such a short time frame.

They were extremely interested in our process and networking, the open software, our website and of course the Green Strategy. Donna and I were invited to a high level lunheon and meeting on Friday for 80 invited guests. On Monday, we met with the U.N.U officials and Grand Rapids RCE and Toronto RCE. So three of the four North American RCE's were at the U.N. During the three hour meeting and presentations, I was able to include ALL the suggested topics and ideas that were sent to me before I left.

It was an honour to be selected as the RCE for North America that made the presentation last evening to the U.N. delegates in attendance. I had 30 handouts (since this was the expectation given to me), and there were over 50 international delegates at the session. I had 15 minutes to present the high lights of our work during the past two years. Following the presntation there was much interest in the TEAM recognition I mentioned several times and how were were able to build capacity through our process.

More to come when I get home. We have a full day of travel, so I better go get ready!

All the best...