Ignite Fredericton Blog: April 2016

The Culture of the Possible: How a Micro-City Excels Globally

There’s a small residential neighborhood at the base of the University of New Brunswick (UNB) campus. Its borders (comprised of UNB, a commuting/walking trail, and the Saint John River) form a triangle, inside of which are about 120 Victorian and early 20th Century homes.  They are mostly single-family homes, with a smattering of student flats. 

It’s a true neighborhood. Neighbors are friends. The kids attend the same public schools and safely walk to each other’s houses for playdates. In this middle to upper-middle class enclave, $300K gets you in. One million gets you a 6000 square foot Victorian mansion with a river view. Peanuts by Toronto or Vancouver standards.

Today this tiny neighborhood looks much like it did 20 years ago when one of its daughters received notice that she’d been awarded a Rhodes Scholarship [link: http://www.rhodeshouse.ox.ac.uk/]. She knew what to expect at Oxford thanks to her neighbor around the corner, who w...

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Tell me who your friends are and I'll tell you who YOU are

In our last post, we talked about an incredible little neighborhood in a little micro-city that produced an entire generation of remarkably successful leaders. They achieved levels of success and influence well beyond what would logically be expected.

How did they do it? What were the conditions that helped create a culture of greatness? And how can you reproduce those conditions to create a similar culture in the business eco-system?

One of the most important conditions? Proximity. Not just proximity for anyone. Proximity of people with similar goals.

Though from vastly different backgrounds, the neighbourhood families we talked about in our previous post were moving in a similar direction in terms of goals for their children: 1) arts exposure & competitive athletic experience 2) a university education; and 3) global career ambitions. Their proximity meant the experiences and successes of one child opened the doors of possibility for the others.


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