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Tamika L. Butler is a national expert and speaker on issues related to the built environment, equity, anti-racism, diversity and inclusion, organizational behavior, and change management. From speaking, to writing, to training, Tamika has worked or is in the process of working with a myriad of clients, including the Los Angeles Department of Public Health, the Multnomah County Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) program, Local Progress, the Center for Popular Democracy, and the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO).
In what ways does nature inspire or inform your work?
I feel most inspired when I can be outside with nature. Hearing the leaves blow, water flow, and birds sing is extremely calming and centering. It’s a reminder that everything has a place and purpose. Being in nature helps me as I continue to pursue being purpose driven in my work.
What does it mean to you to be part of a thriving ecosystem?
Being in a thriving ecosystem means that each part of that system has access to the resources they need to be the best version of themselves. A version of themselves that they get to choose and is not chosen for them. Beyond that, a thriving ecosystem is based on a belief that there is abundance, not scarcity of resources, and thus, we can all thrive—not some of us thriving and only at the expense of others.