The authors and partners of “Sustainability Now” are Warren and Michael Flint, a father and son team. We have both relocated from the United States to Belize and each of us in our own way is passionate about sustainability. We also are both captivated by our newly adopted country of Belize.
Warren Flint, Ph.D., is Principal of Five E’s Unlimited , an IBC located in Belize, Central America. He is an internationally recognized sustainability specialist and change agent who applies his background in sustainability science, ecology, and human-nature interactions to assist communities wanting to improve or reinvent themselves. Warren possesses a unique set of skills in community development because he is able to ground his community facilitation and conflict mediation talent in 33 years of content expertise as an environmental scientist and sustainability specialist. His consulting work in sustainable community development, adaptive watershed and coastal zone management, and education have equipped him with a wealth of experience in collaborative fact-finding programs, providing visionary inspiration and pragmatic, science-based understanding to problem-solving, community development, and strategic planning. Warren enables clients to integrate self-defined community and business goals with environmentally sound decisions. He assists places in creating authentic choices for community improvement by providing effective responses to environmental degradation, economic decline, and community disintegration through scientific inquiry and consensus building. Through his unique project design and leadership, he encourages shared relationships among ecologic, social justice, and economic development interests. Dr. Flint has provided international community development leadership in places such as Nigeria, Jamaica, and the United Kingdom, as well as throughout the U.S. and Canada developing research, management, policy protocol, and public consultation toward achieving sustainable development goals, as defined by governments, corporations, communities, and non-governmental organizations. Dr. Flint has provided leadership for many projects focused upon multiple-discipline international inquiries into scientific, technological, and societal problems related to the management and remediation of large ecosystems. Dr. Flint’s publications include more than 60 peer reviewed journal articles, monographs, book chapters, 3 books, and several web sites on topics of his research and his theoretical understanding for sustainability.
Michael Flint possesses a B.S. from Virginia Tech University and has served seven (7) years as a Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Navy. During his naval career he traveled to many parts of the world struggling with the concept of sustainable development. While in the Navy Michael held extensive leadership and training responsibilities and developed a keen sense for seeing the systemic nature of things. For example, he encourages looking beyond solving problems one at a time, to a position where one can envision the development of systems that prevent problems from occurring in the first place. In addition to being a partner in this blog project, Michael offers the reader’s perspective with regards to everything that we publish on this site. He is the eyes and the voice of the reader we are trying to reach. If you should ever see Michael on the streets of Belize you will surely see a large, black, lab/ridgeback mix dog following close behind for “Komo” his best friend goes everywhere with him.
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