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Social Impact and Sustainability
FROM THE BOARD
Australia has recently experienced devastating bushfires,which left a gaping void of destruction the size of SouthKorea. Over 12 million acres of land have been destroyed,water pollution runs rampant due to the mountains ofash and debris and about 3,000 homes have been lostthis fire season. The country is hurting in a way we couldnever imagine.
To say that it’s monstrous feels like an understatement—this level of cataclysmic devastation is the fuel for ournightmares. But in the darkest of hours, heroes emerge.
Clearly, the heroes of this story are the firefighterswho worked 12-to-15-hour shifts around the clock forsix months to quell the flames. In addition to the 90% offirefighters who were volunteers, there were a myriadof local and global everyday heroes that mobilized toprovide resources, take frontline action and deliversustained support. Together, they were not just fightingto save the land, wildlife, habitat and natural resources,but also they were fighting for the good of the peoplewho live there.
The current COVID- 19 (coronavirus) pandemic clearlydemonstrates how countries, governments, agencies,organizations, industries, professions and individualsmust work together to address global crises. We cannotoperate as wholly independent entities. An issue thatoriginates in one part of the world has the potential todrive substantial global impact.
Sometimes it may feel as though the plight of humanitygoes unnoticed unless an earth-shattering eventhappens, but the truth of the matter is that there areneeds and hurt all around us. We get bombarded withcalls to action so often it becomes the soundtrackrelegated to the background of our everyday lives.
Emails, billboards, Facebook donation buttons—it’snever-ending. We have projects to manage, deadlines
LuAnn Piccard, PMP,
Director, 2020 PMI Board of Directors
to meet and far too many meetings to be had to focuson yet one more thing that demands our attention andtime. These are the symptoms of our busy world. Werush around with blinders on and allow our hearts toharden, but making time for volunteering and social goodinitiatives should be a priority, not a “maybe,” or an “I’llget to it tomorrow.” If we stopped putting it off, whatcould we accomplish?
According to PMI’s Job Growth and Talent Gap Report(2017), by 2027 there will be 87.7 million people doingproject work globally. What if through our focus on socialimpact we could help increase PMI’s contribution by 10times? Our 14,000 volunteers would become 140,000,our 300,000 members would become 3 million and our1,000,000 certification holders would become 10 million.
Imagine how PMI could mobilize resources, ideas andenergy to transform ways of working and apply ourskills, capacity, technology and solutions to address theworld’s greatest challenges, globally and locally. Like theproject managers that got us to the moon 50 yearsago, what if today’s project managers were creditedwith leading action to measurably reduce poverty,ensure quality education for all, mitigate climate changeimpacts, help build sustainable communities and makesure everyone had clean water? I believe it is possiblebecause we empower people to make BIG ideas a reality.
– LuAnn Piccard, PMP
In 2019, PMI joined over 9,500 companies in 160countries to be part of the UN Global Compact, andissued a challenge to both members and employees tohelp achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs) by 2030. These goals focus on helping othersaround the world. Along with fellow coworkers, I spent aday packaging dry meals made of lentils and rice. I read
LuAnn Piccard, PMP, and Elora Ponter