Community Dialogue: Moving Pensacola Forward
 What Gets Measured, Gets Improved  

 November 13, 2014 @ 5:30 p.m.
Where: Pensacola Museum of Art: 407 S Jefferson St, Pensacola, FL 32502

Join us for a community dialogue about the factors impacting the quality of life in the Pensacola Bay Area and where our community stands relative to key performance indicators.

Representatives from the Studer Institute and Pensacola Young Professionals will lead attendees in a discussion about the factors influencing education, government and the economy and what we need to do to build a more sustainable and successful community.


Thursday October 24th 5:00-7:00 pm Pensacola Museum of Art
Quarterly Community Dialogue "Food As Fuel For Change"

The Pensacola Museum of Art was the site of the October 24th Think Beyond Quarterly Community Dialogue. The Dialogue focused on the topic, "Food As Fuel For Change”. Those in attendance learned from  local visionaries who are leading innovative programs. We were all inspired by representatives from Palafox Market, REAP Alliance and UWF. 

Wednesday October 15th 5:30 pm West Florida Public Library 
"Brands In Glass Houses" presentation and book signing with local authors Dechay Watts and Debbie Williams
Dechay and Debbie shared concrete ways to build and authentic and transparent  business. 
Brands In Glass Houses is a guide to successful marketing today.

Tuesday, June 18th

Rebecca L. Flora will examine how a sustainable approach to development can bring lasting value and economic benefit to local communities. The presentation is intended to inspire ideas and methods that local governments in the Pensacola Bay area may utilize in their approach to the RESTORE Act funding opportunity that lies ahead.

About the Presenter: 
Ms. Flora is a Certified Planner and Economic Development Finance Professional, specializing in sustainable
community development, strategy, evaluation, and training. She has a B.A. degree in Environmental Science from Plattsburgh State University of New York, and a Master in Urban and Regional Planning degree from Virginia Polytechnic and State University. Her 30-year background includes nine years with the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), where she served on the staff as senior vice president for education and research as well as eleven years with the Green Building Alliance where she served as the first executive director. Currently, Ms. Flora serves as Ecology & Environment’s Sustainable Communities Practice Leader. Her notable projects include the Western NY, Mid-Hudson, Mohawk Valley, and North Country regional sustainability plans recently completed as part of the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority’s Green, Cleaner Communities Program. 

March 28, 2013

Great conversation was held around several ongoing community initiatives including Think Beyond's Bike at Work Program,Pensacola RESTORE funds and a potential Think Beyond Speaker's Series. The Big Ideas we will be working on next quarter are:

  • Planning a Think Beyond Film Festival on topics we believe in
  • Planning a Visioning Workshop about Community Organizing for area non-profits
  • Increased promotion of the Bike at Work Program
  • Coordinating Think Beyond Speaker's Series with IHMC
  • Connecting with the RESTORE Act committee
  • Continuing to connect like minded community members to keep the momentum going

If you are interested in participating in any of these Big Ideas, or have another thought you'd like to share, please connect with us on Facebook or email

September 27, 2012

A diverse group of experts, entrepreneurs, business and community leaders came together on September 27th at the Pensacola Museum of Art to move sustainable ideas forward in the community. The gathering was the third quarterly meeting of Think Beyond Pensacola, a not-for-profit organization committed to being a catalyst and connector to build a better community.

The evening began with drinks, hors d'oeuvres and networking. Board member Teresa Dos Santos, President of Contract Resources, opened the meeting. Attendees then heard presentations from committee members and project leaders about current initiatives, including a Think Beyond signature project called “Bikes at Work” to which a handful of Pensacola companies have already committed: ZarZaur Law Firm, idgroup, IHMC and Contract Resources. Additional project presentations included preliminary plans for a Think Beyond annual conference; a vision to bring national speakers and thought-leaders to Pensacola for Ted Talks; and a round-table social event after the November 14 IHMC lecture by Joel Salatin. Other affiliated projects were also presented: “Schools Go Solar;” a shared IT office space concept; and the new Think Beyond community networking website.

Participants then had the opportunity to choose between six topics of interest including social innovation, technology, community events, community projects, environment and education. Groups collaborated, shared stories, and discussed best practices in each topic area. They then presented key themes and recommendations, and made plans to continue collaboration in workgroups on

Membership Meeting June 21, 2012

A number of new faces joined our "tribe" on June 21st as we continued the important work of building a more sustainable Pensacola. The goal of the meeting was to provide additional clarity around the organization's identity, objectives and actions this year and continue to collaborate around innovative projects. We packed a lot of progress into a two-hour agenda.

The meeting started with an inspirational recap from Dechay Watts, founder of Sprout Content, about her recent experience at the LOHAS conference in Boulder, CO. We then screened a trailer for the film "So Right, So Smart" which chronicles the transformation of Interface Global from a typical international carpet manufacturer to one of the leading exemplars of sustainable business today.

Meeting participants then split into groups where new and existing projects were presented. A number of initiatives and events were discussed and project leaders were identified as each initiative is prepped for potential Think Beyond endorsement. They included:

•    Pensacola Bikes Initiative
•    Pensacola TED Talks
•    A Speaker Series with an After Party
•    Arts and Community Initiative for People at Risk for Suicide
•    Website & Online Communications Tools

Inaugural Meeting May 10, 2012
A diverse group of business leaders, influencers and academics from around the community came together on May 10th at the Pensacola Museum of Art to discuss the future of sustainable innovation in Pensacola. The gathering was the inaugural meeting of Think Beyond Pensacola.

Co-founder Mona Amodeo, Ph.D., President of idgroup, facilitated the conversation with a core group of forty invited guests. Participants chose a topic of interest and collaborated with others to brainstorm ideas, share stories and discuss best practices around five distinct innovation topics. Groups presented preliminary recommendations around each topic: future inspirational events, education-focused initiatives, community-based projects, community-focused events and ways to communicate successes with the public.