7th Generation Planning
"We need to figure out a planning approach that honors the philosophy and practice of Seventh Generation decision-making.”
—Billy Frank Jr., Chair, Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission; and Co-Chair, E3 Washington 2007-2009
"The ultimate test of the human conscience may be our willingness to sacrifice something today for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard.” – U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson
Nisqually Nation elder and Honorary E3 Washington Co-Chair, Billy Frank encouraged delegates to the 2007 E3 statewide summit in Seattle to adopt a long-range approach to thinking and acting. The concept of "Seventh Generation” is common to many American Indian nations, and the prophesy and the philosophy is attributed in particular to the Iroquois Confederacy.
In honor of Billy Frank Jr. and his wisdom, E3 Washington recognizes the importance of strong, long-term relationships – across sectors of society and geographic areas of the state — to achieve long-term environmental, social, and economic health. E3 Washington is working with its partners to ensure that Washington’s residents develop the values, knowledge, and skills to achieve a healthy environment, vibrant communities and a sustainable economy. E3 leaders are working to "figure out a planning approach that honors the philosophy and practice of Seventh Generation decision-making”, as Billy Frank counseled.
Read more about the key concepts and guiding frameworks that form the foundation for E3 Washington’s mission, vision, principles, and engagement:
Principles of Partnership
Attributes of 21st Century Residents
The term "Education for Sustainable Communities”