David Gottfried: How to Build a Movement at 1440 Multiversity

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How to Build a Movement

November 2 - 4, 2018

Friday - Sunday, 2 nights

All-inclusive program package to include:

<ul> <li>Tuition</li> <li>Three Meals in Kitchen Table (daily)</li> <li>Shared or Private Accommodations</li> <li>Signature classes and wellness offerings</li> </ul> <p>Please Note: All packages are priced per person. Should you elect a shared accommodation and community hall bath, 1440 will randomly pair you with a gender-specific roommate. Only private rooms have the option of a private bath.  1440 Multiversity is a smoke-free campus.</p>

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Program Description

Do you feel the deep need to be of service to a greater good? Are you ready to be a visionary and movement builder in sustainability and health?

Join David Gottfried, the father of the global green building movement, for a weekend immersion into BuildMove™, his seven-step framework for change agents, leaders, and entrepreneurs who want to build and scale a transformational movement.

Through guided strategic planning, case studies, breakout sessions, expert dialogs, coaching, attendee “hot-seats” and Q&A you will:

  • Affirm your guiding PPMV [purpose, passion, mission and vision]
  • Identify your barriers to success and the prerequisites for creating your own Plan L and associated movement building
  • Learn and apply BuildMove’s seven-step framework to your start-up or existing organization, including benchmarks like USGBC’s LEED Green Building Rating System
  • Learn ways to make more money, boost your wealth and brand, and economically fuel your initiative
  • Be inspired, gain structure and accountability, learn how to start, grow and sustain your own Plan L that can grow into a movement

Sara Gottfried, MD, David’s wife and business partner, will be participating as a special guest, facilitating intensive dialogue and providing select participants with hot-seat critiques of their organizational BuildMove strategies.

Return home with a detailed plan to implement, complete with next steps, priorities, and critical milestones. You’ll leave this program ready to accelerate positive change and live a life of purpose, balance, passion, and legacy.

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  • Faculty Bio
    David Gottfried

    Originator of the global green building movement

    A former real estate developer and construction manager, David Gottfried is the pioneer and founder of the U.S. Green Building Council and World Green Building Council (GBC). The GBCs’ movement has likely reduced global warming and the ecological footprint more than any other organizations in the world.

    With a degree in engineering and resource management from Stanford University, David serves as the CEO of Regenerative Ventures and Gottfried Institute. His strategic advising has accelerated commerce and the adoption of advanced green technology and health products and methodologies. Past clients include: Dreamworks, Starbucks, Genentech, Apple, Stanford University, the State of California, and the government of China.

    David has received numerous leadership awards, including the WorldGBC Global Green Building Entrepreneurship Award, now given out annually in Gottfried’s name, USGBC’s Leadership Award, and the USGBC Northern California Chapter’s Super Hero Award. He was inducted into the Green Industry Hall of Fame and named to the Purpose Economy 100 for his pioneering work.

    Gottfried is a global keynote speaker and the author of three influential books including the award winning best seller Explosion Green. He also wrote Greening My Life and Greed to Green.

    Gottfried’s former residence was the highest-rated LEED Platinum home in the world. He now lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife and two daughters, and he is an avid cyclist and a modern art painter exhibiting throughout the Bay Area.

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  • Why Attend
    • Have breakout sessions and network with other movement builders: participants will pick an accountability buddy to follow up with after the program, and larger support systems will be formed and promoted.

    • Learn from the experience of other movement-based organizations including the U.S. and World Green Building Councils (both founded by David Gottfried), Tesla, Burning Man, 350.org, SASB, Strava, EcoDistricts, and SPLC.org.

    • Now more than ever, transformational solutions are required to address climate change, water efficiency, waste minimization, food toxicity, and preventative care. Be at the forefront of the world's most-needed solutions and make the most of your time here on earth.

  • Things to Know/Schedule

    Program Schedule

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    None required.

    Experience Level

    None required.

    Special Interest To

    Leaders, entrepreneurs, and change agents

    Special Details

    During the program, participants will receive a BuildMove notebook designed to facilitate active brainstorming and the delineation of their strategic plan.

  • About 1440 Multiversity

    Beautifully nestled in the California redwoods near Santa Cruz, our 75-acre campus is within easy reach of San Francisco and Silicon Valley.

    1440 Multiversity is a place to spend time engaging some of life's most meaningful personal questions and to enjoy, restore, and reenergize yourself as you do it.

    You'll find new energy through immersion learning—setting aside daily urgencies and dedicating uninterrupted time to focus on important, but often elusive, priorities. Our unique collaboration with world-class faculty coupled with an original, inspirational curriculum and magnificent grounds make this a place like no other. Add in fresh, redwood-scented air, delicious and healthy food, deep reflection, fun exercise, and good sleep and you've pretty much captured what you'll experience here.

  • Accommodations

    At 1440 Multiversity, you’ll find a wide range of accommodations to meet your preferences and budget. All of our rooms have been thoughtfully designed to provide comfort, promote reflection, and foster connection with others.

    Accommodation rates include more than just the bed you sleep in.

    Per-person per-night rates include:

    • nourishing locally sourced, seasonal meals
    • daily meditation and yoga classes
    • non-ticketed evening events
    • use of all facilities, including the Fitness Center, steam rooms, and infinity-edge hot tub.

    Guests also enjoy access to woodland trails, cafés, and shops.


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