For better or for worse, New Year’s resolutions are on the decline. Among resolution makers, only 10 percent of resolutions are kept for an entire calendar year. With numbers like that, it’s easy to get down on these annual plans for improvement.
So we scale down. Look up New Year’s resolutions online, and articles abound about “getting realistic” or “resolutions you can stick to.”
But what if that’s not the problem? What if we’re not thinking big enough?
Resolutions to lose weight, spend less, or get organized (2015’s three most common resolutions) are contained in their impact. They affect few but yourself, and maybe that’s the issue.
This year, as we think about turning a new leaf and resolving to do and be better, we’re asking New Orleans what that might look like if we aimed to change an entire city.
Below you’ll meet 15 entrepreneurs with 15 resolutions for New Orleans. Keep them, and you’ll do more than benefit yourself; you’ll cultivate a better future for the city you love and the people in it.
Resolution: I resolve to work collaboratively with my peers in both the for-profit and nonprofit arenas to make New Orleans a city that is stronger, safer, and more equitable by embracing its unique relationship with water.
Resolution: Personally, I would like to see some unrest. I made New Orleans my home, because life down here is disruptive to the normalcy you see in every other city. You can’t help but love it. Unfortunately, this sort of avant-garde lifestyle stops short of community development. There’s little desire to see change in communities because we all-too-easily resign ourselves to accepting the dilapidated properties, struggling education system, and lack of access to nutrition. You can expect community leaders to be the solitary stakeholders in any community, but change doesn’t happen unless you move, run, build, speak or even listen. What people don’t know is how easy it is to become a social entrepreneur; it begins when you start saying hell-no to the status quo.
Resolution: My new year’s resolution for impacting New Orleans is to do everything I can to help create jobs and support organizations that are making incredible strides to better our city.
Resolution: My resolution is to put New Orleans on the map as an exciting and growing tech hub.
Resolution: I want New Orleans to be better at attracting talent from across the country to work for its companies. To make this happen we need great, well-paying jobs, and startup CEOs who are committed to finding the best.
Resolution: To get New Orleanians city engaged in compassionate action for a more equitable city.
Resolution: To inspire and support each and every New Orleanian to get out and beautify our neighborhood public spaces. Let’s keep the funk in our music, not littering our neutral grounds.
Resolution: I want to see the people of New Orleans continue to create new education opportunities for themselves and others.
Resolution: My resolution is to find creative opportunities for communities to engage directly with our water system. I want our approaches to flooding and water quality concerns to respect and be informed by community knowledge.
Resolution: Real IMPACT = Vision + Passion + Focus + Execution. My resolution is to help drive economic growth in New Orleans by making real IMPACT on both growing companies and organizations who want to become more entrepreneurial.
Resolution: In 2015, I aim to and hope to see more entrepreneurs focused on wetland restoration, as it’s a fundamental need for our area. Our region’s beautiful culture is so closely tied to a healthy coast and it matters for everyone.
Resolution: My resolution for New Orleans would be for the city to continue to embrace diversity.
Resolution: Change our habits for the better. Our lives change when our habits change. If we create habits that are positive, then the city will be better for it.
Resolution: My resolution for our city is that every kid has the opportunity to be physically active. Every day. From time set aside during the school day to move, to high quality programming after school and at parks, kids will want and pursue the opportunity to get active each day. I hope people across the city continue to diversify the types of activities available to all types of kids so that all can find their place and team – all the while being healthy, safe, and happy. Kids will lead the movement for making New Orleans a healthier place to live.
Resolution: My 2015 resolution is to do my part as a consumer to support the local businesses that make New Orleans, New Orleans. We all love having a city that is unlike any place else, and so much of that is because of how many unique locally-owned independent businesses we have here. So before making a purchase, whether it’s something small like a hammer or a new shirt, or a bigger ticket item like, say, car insurance, I’ll always check and see if I can get it from a local business first, before resorting to a big box or shopping online. That way, my dollars are supporting our friends and neighbors who own or work at local businesses, my tax dollars are being put to work here in New Orleans, and the city we all love prospers.