Adapt. Connect. Transform. 2017 will be the year of “interesting times.”

The oft-quoted so-called Chinese curse, “May you live in interesting times,” seems just right for the dawn of 2017 and last year’s era of fake news.  The quote itself is fake.  In reality, there is no equivalent expression in Chinese.  Any more than John F. Kennedy’s famous quote, “In the Chinese language, the word ‘crisis’ is composed of two characters, one representing danger and the other, opportunity.”  Motivational speakers use these memes as did political speakers such as Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and former Vice President Al Gore in separate talks.

Nevertheless, fake or not, interesting times of danger and opportunity seem before us.  A new President with no political experience will likely judge policy and politics on what experience he does have:  what’s good for business, jobs and the economy.  His cabinet appointments are largely made of nominees who have business experience and minimal experience in government when compared to previous administrations.  Some appointees have politically opposed the very departments they were selected to lead.

At the state level, a newly fueled super-majority of Democrats will lead the legislature, needing no Republican votes for tax increases or budget measures.  And for the first time in decades, Orange County’s own political colors are more purple than ever, with local office holders still primarily Republican yet registered voters now surging Democrats and independents.

In these “interesting times” OCBC will Adapt, Connect and Transform:  adapt to new leadership, connect with state-of-the-art information and research for good decision-making, and help to transform this region to greater economic prosperity and an enviable quality of life.  The issues are still tough: traffic relief, housing shortfalls, education reforms, regulatory quagmire, and ever-broadening over-arching climate change goals impacting every level of our lives.  Adapt, Connect and Transform with us in 2017.  Together we will turn interesting times, danger, crises, and fake quotes into real action with beneficial results.

Posted on January 3, 2017

1 Comment

  1. Jan 3, 2017

    Kimberly Porrazzo


    Nice to see a positive message and strategy for moving forward.


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