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Microaggressions in the Workplace

By Rebecca Schwartz on Jan 22, 2021 3:42:46 PM

Blogpost-display-image_ SJ Blog- Microaggressions in the workplaceThroughout the course of this year, we've discussed implicit bias on our internal Social Justice team at Praecipio Consulting. Implicit biases are sub-conscious thoughts or stereotypes we have about a specific group of people based on their race, ethnicity, sexuality, age, appearance, etc. The feelings and thoughts we form based on these biases are ones we may not intentionally form or are aware of, but everyone has them. The team looked further into how these implicit biases affect the workplace and discovered they correlate directly to microaggressions. As we begin a new year, the Praecipio Consulting team is looking for ways to better our company culture, as well as ourselves personally, so addressing microaggressions and their effects on the workplace seemed like a great way to do this as a group, as well as individuals.

What are microaggressions?

According to Derald Wing Sue, microaggressions are the everyday slights, indignities, put-downs, and insults that members of marginalized groups experience in their day-to-day interactions with individuals who are often unaware that they have engaged in an offensive or demeaning way. The perpetrator of the aggression typically does not realize what they said or did toward the victim is offensive, which makes microaggressions even harder to call out or recognize. There are three types of microaggressions: microassaults, microinsults, and microinvalidations.

Three types of microaggressions

First, we have microsassaults. Microassaults are more obvious and are usually purposeful. They are often violent and directly target a victim. In the workplace, an example would be if a male coworker gropes a female coworker and plays it off as a joke.

Next are microinsults. Microinsults are the most common type of microaggressions. They are a bit more subtle and unconscious, especially compared to microassaults. They disrespect or demean another person, even if the perpetrator "meant it as a compliment." In the workplace, an example would be if a non-white co-worker was giving a presentation and an employee commented on how articulate the presenter is. 

Microinvalidations are very similar to gaslighting another person. They are often subtle and unconscious. Microinvalidations cancel the thoughts, feelings, and experiences of marginalized individuals. In the workplace, an example is when an LGBTQ+ employee confides in a straight employee about a microaggression they received, and the straight employee tells them they're overreacting. 

Microaggressions and the workplace

Although at the moment, a microaggression may feel like a joke or a harmless action to the person committing them, they have a large impact on the receiver, especially if the microaggressions occur repeatedly over a long period of time. Psychologists often compare them to death by a thousand cuts. Because of the manner of microaggressions, they are often not reported by employees. It’s important to understand what they are and how they affect others to ensure a safe and inclusive company culture. The first step in addressing microaggressions is to recognize when a microaggression has occurred and what message it may be sending. Think about your actions and your words: you may have positive intentions with your behaviors, but think about the impact they have on others. 

At Praecipio Consulting, the Social Justice team has compiled a Resource Library that the company can use to learn about a range of topics, a few geared toward microaggressions and how we can work to eliminate them from our environments. Below is a list of helpful resources around microaggressions that we have in our library. 

If you have read, watched, or listened to any of these resources, we'd love to hear your thoughts, and if you have any recommendations for other resources we should add to our library to learn more about microaggressions, let us know!

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Community-driven Pollinator Garden at Bristol Elementary School

By Christopher Pepe on Dec 15, 2020 4:33:00 PM

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It took a village to create this natural space for children to explore.

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Parents discussed the joy of the Bristol Elementary School's (BES) Forest Fridays and how our kids thrived outdoors (the year before one student formed a petition, gathered signatures, and lobbied the administration for more outdoor recess time). Parents and school administration began meeting to remove hurdles to students being outdoors. The focus of the effort became:

  1. Outdoor classroom space to facilitate classroom based learning outdoors
  2. Natural playscape to encourage engaging with and observing the natural world
  3. Water management during the spring thaw and freeze cycles

During a training session, Four Winds, a community-based natural science education organization, announced a mini-grant program to improve area schools. We felt a pollinator garden was the most achievable project to increase the diversity of the playground landscape without adding much maintenance overhead. Four Winds agreed and BES was awarded the grant.

Four Winds Nature Institute is a non-profit organization advancing the understanding, appreciation, and protection of the environment through community-based natural science education and research. 

While the beloved playground boasts a vast flat area with many play structures there is not much natural diversity. Our goal has been to rewild the playground and celebrate seasonality with an ever-changing display of flowers and foliage made of native plants. This project would establish a naturalized island that will promote native plants and pollinators, as well as cultivate creative play. The students can watch the garden evolve, watch the insects, birds, and other life that thrives there, and to be a part of it themselves.

I would like to thank our vendors, who were easy to work with, generous with their time, gave us favorable pricing, and donations. All of our plants came from Full Circle Gardens. Sarah helped build our plant list, added in several plants as donations, and delivered them for free. Great communication and coordination made working through the pandemic a non-issue. Our mulch and top soil came from Livingston Farm, nearly half of which was donated to this project. Without the generosity of our vendors we could not have built the garden that we had envisioned. Thank you.

I would also like to thank the school administration for their support and commitment to our community. This effort began with principal Kevin Robinson who was an enthusiastic supporter of our parent driven efforts. That was handed off to Thomas Buzzell who is a strong advocate for outdoor play and its many benefits on behavior and development of children. With the community, he is building a collective vision of the future of play at BES. No job too small, Tom has even offered to hand water the fledgling garden. Joel Fitzgerald has also been a strong advocate for this project and playground improvements including a student driven project to build an outdoor classroom. Sheila Gebo was kind and patient while shepherding me through vendor management and financial operations. And of course thank you to Four Winds for funding this project and encouraging us along the way. I would also like to thank the other parents that have given their time and energy at every phase of this project. Finally, a special thank you to the Urban girls for their hard work in installing the garden on a sweltering summer day. Thank you all, and those that were not named. Without your help we would not have completed this project.

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There were a lot of hot dry days between delivery and installation. Sam was a big help in keeping the plants happy.

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The Urbans came out in force for installation day!

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7 Non-Negotiables When Choosing an Atlassian Business Partner

By Katie Thomas on Dec 8, 2020 2:25:00 PM

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Ask any project manager what the number one contributor to a successful project result is, and they will tell you that it’s having the right people on the team. That goes for vendors too. Because behind every consulting gig are people making decisions that influence your company’s future. 


The decision to select an Atlassian Business Partner is a big one. The stakes are high, with perhaps millions of dollars and people’s careers hanging in the balance. A bad vendor decision could haunt you for a decade or longer. 

The process to choose a vendor usually starts with a referral or by viewing the Atlassian Partner Directory. However, with over 50 Platinum Partners distributed across the globe, it can be overwhelming. After visiting a few of the partner websites, you may be no closer to a decision.

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Christian Lane, CEO of Praecipio Consulting, an Atlassian Platinum Partner, offers his thoughts on how to approach the partner selection process to ensure your project is delivered on time and within budget. 

 

He starts by sharing his recommended list of “must-haves.” In his opinion, any vendors not having these should be immediately disqualified. 

Look for relevant experience

To be approved as an Atlassian Partner, you must have smart people. All companies can easily add up the years experience among their people and come up with an impressive number. But that’s not the differentiator between firms. Don’t accept a general numerical answer. Dig deeper and ask for specific experience in your industry and what the scope of those projects were. 

Executive involvement

There is nothing more frustrating than dealing with a person that isn’t empowered to make decisions. You want top levels of management to be familiar with your project and understand its strategic value. This way they can apply their leadership and senior experience to add value. You want them to ask questions about workflow, reporting, integrations, and how it relates to the overall goal of the project.  

Rate of repeat business

As the saying goes, “The best predictor of future success is past behavior.”  Ask the vendor about their rate of return business. It’s perhaps the clearest indicator of a company's performance and customer satisfaction. Lane adds, “72% of our business last year was from repeat clients. Any competent firm should be able to tell you their number. If they don’t know it, that's a red flag in itself.” 

Percentage of revenue from change orders

Avoid the bait and switch. Managers want to deal in absolutes when it comes to money and time required to get the job done. You don’t want to fall in a trap of working with a vendor only to be told that your request wasn’t included in the original scope. For example, at Praecipio Consulting, we have a defined process to expose any and all needs of a project. By clearly defining the work from the start, you avoid missed expectations and expensive changes. For our team, this process starts with defining the problem in the sales process and includes engineers and other technical people. If there are any limitations or features to add for the solution, they contribute to the conversation. All parties move in lockstep, and a delivery commitment is made. The process has proven to work, as only 2% of our revenue last year came from change orders. Lastly, pay attention to how much value is delivered before the signed contract. 

Listed in the Atlassian Partner Directory

Only choose a partner from the official Atlassian Partner Directory. These companies have demonstrated their expertise and willingness to dedicate themselves to the software. They have to make an investment to be included, and their business model revolves around partner support. Using any other firm not vetted by Atlassian should be approached with extreme caution and is not recommended. 

Platinum Partners have the most experience and have been doing this type of work the longest. They have been recognized as the best and have inside knowledge about new products, features, and beta testing. For example, our leadership team members have participated in panels, councils, and have had an influence in building the software and program itself. 

What do they stand for? 

Commonly referred to as mission, vision, and values, look for what drives the vendor beyond earning revenue. Do they share your same morals and values? Besides words on a website, do they walk the walk on issues like social justice and environmentalism? Lane says he has seen more customers comment recently on their social injustice stance and Praecipio Consulting's commitment to the 1% pledge initiative. “We’ve always been socially aware and decided to build a company that leaves the world better than we found it. I’m proud of our ideals. As part of our hiring process, we want to make sure employees can get behind our causes and work toward the greater good. When clients recognize our efforts, it fuels our fire to want to do more.”  

Net Promoter Score

Ask vendors what their Net Promoter Score (NPS) is. NPS is a commonly accepted simple score of how likely customers are to refer you to their peers.

  • 0-6 are detractors, meaning they will tell people to stay away from your firm and NOT hire you.
  • 7-8 are passive promoters, meaning they will praise you when asked
  • 9-10 are active promoters, meaning they will go out of their way to tell peers about your good work 

Praecipio Consulting holds a lifetime NPS score of 71 (for context, the industry benchmark for software and tech companies is 28). Our team is proud of this score because they put so much heart into every project and seeing their clients' delight with their work is the ultimate payoff. 

Lane adds that the less quantifiable metric is “Ease to do business with.” Entering an agreement to work with an Atlassian Partner is a big commitment in terms of time. Are they responsive and U.S. based? Are they flexible and adaptable? And do you enjoy working with them? There has to be good chemistry to get the best result. Lane concludes, “Business is hard enough as it is sometimes. Don’t spend your valuable time working with difficult people. Control all the variables you can and make the most informed partner choice you can.”

 

Topics: do-good pledge-1% nps atlassian-solution-partner social-justice
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How to Get Involved This #GivingTuesday

By Morgan Folsom on Nov 30, 2020 2:14:24 PM

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Now that we're rapidly coming up on the end of 2020, I'm taking time to pause my life and find things to be thankful for. Under normal circumstances, this exercise can be a great way to wrap up the year; after this year, though, let's just say that I had a harder time than normal pulling together a list. The truth is that despite it being a tough year, I do have a lot to be thankful for – I've made it through this year with a job and a home, something that many people are not experiencing this year.

As we enter the holiday season, the messaging that we see is increasingly commercial: Black Friday edges earlier into Thanksgiving, Small Business Saturday tries to pull focus locally, and Cyber Monday pretends like we're not online shopping for the first two, making it a trifecta of commercialism.

Giving Tuesday is an annual celebration on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving that encourages individuals and organizations across the country to do good. What better way to wrap up three of the highest spending days of the year by looking at how we can support others?

What we're doing

Here at Praecipio Consulting, we've stepped back and taken stock as well. Supporting our communities has always been a core value here, and we've been a member of Pledge 1% for years. We are proud to spend our time and money with organizations like the Flatwater Foundation, TreeFolks, and Bamberger Ranch. This year, we felt like we had to do more. At the beginning of June, the company began matching employee donations and doubling VTO toward relevant organizations.

This #GivingTuesday, we'll be taking it a step further and doubling employee donation matching for donations made on Tuesday, December 1st, as part of our continued dedication to supporting our communities. 

How you can get involved

That's what we're doing, but what about you?

There are a lot of ways to get involved, even in the middle of a pandemic. Check out local resources to find organizations that are accepting donations or for volunteer opportunities (if you're comfortable!). Events like gift drives and meal delivery are also great ways to contribute while still staying safe. Don't forget to look at local mutual aid funds for opportunities for even bigger impacts in your communities. 

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Be Notorious Like RBG

By Shannon Fabert on Oct 12, 2020 9:15:00 AM

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The employees of Praecipio Consulting were devastated by the news of the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (RBG). To me, and to so many of us here, she was a role model and a major inspiration. I felt a deep and profound loss upon hearing the news. 

Many people don't know this about me, but the first time I remember somebody asking me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I said a Supreme Court Justice. I was only in 1st grade. While I don't remember anybody telling me that was a silly dream, I do remember people saying, "you should be xx instead." It almost always had nothing to do with being smart – it just wasn't what little girls grew up to do. Sandra Day O'Connor was nominated to the court as its first female justice when I was three years old. She was the only woman to serve until RBG was nominated when I was 15. There have been 113 Supreme Court Justices in the history of the United States, yet only four have been women. In 2015, RBG was asked when will there be enough women on the bench, and she said, "When there are nine." 

Regardless of one's political position, RBG's presence on the Supreme Court left an undeniable legacy for women and men across the world. In her memory, we encourage you to read through her 'dissents' during her time on the Supreme Court. While these are highly technical writings, her ability to intellectually challenge the majority voice using the written word absolutely astounds me, making them very worth the read. You don't have to look very far into any of these documents to pick up on the level of intentionality and acuteness she brought to the highest court in the land. 

Image Source: Librado Romero for The New York Times

Many different organizations have pulled together lists of her achievements as well, from co-founding the ACLU Women's Rights Project to winning cases before the Supreme Court, long before becoming a Justice.

There are several ways to reflect upon and honor her legacy:

Learn more about what she fought for

Many resources are readily available to learn about RBG and her legacy – here are a few you can start with!

Donate to organizations with the same values as RBG

Reach out to your senators and reps directly

Forget not that democracy is by and for the people. As constituents, there are several ways that we can provide feedback to our senators and representatives.

If you have feedback, here are some options for contacting your senators and representatives:

It is worth noting that if you want to reach somebody who is not your senator or representative, you will likely not get a response back, as they are not obligated to respond if they don't represent you. If looking to put pressure on or to support these people, signing petitions can be a great way to show support through sheer volume.

Reading this post is only one small thing we can do to remember the legacy that Ruth Bader Ginsburg left. So while you're learning more about her life, don't forget that you too can be Notorious like RBG

 

*At the time of publishing, the Center for Reproductive Rights is currently matching donations in Justice Ginsburg's name.

 

 

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Praecipio Consulting's Commitment to Social Justice

By Christian Lane on Aug 13, 2020 12:45:00 PM

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At Praecipio Consulting, we are committed to our communities as we continue to fight back against the systemic racism and police brutality that has plagued this country for far too long. Like many of you, we are hurting as we try to process the tragic and senseless deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Brayla Stone, and too many others. 

We believe that Black Lives Matter. Therefore, we are committed to educating ourselves, and listening to and amplifying Black voices.

It is troubling that, in the wealthiest country in the world, we’ve yet to fully realize our constitution's values of justice and equality. Yet, this is an old truth. Like many privileged Americans, we’ve struggled with finding a way to make an impact to help, support and participate in the movements that work tirelessly for justice and to reform the laws of systemic racism. We have problems. Black Americans and other historically marginalized groups continue to be oppressed. Black American men are profiled, incarcerated, and killed unjustifiably at astonishing rates; this is systemic – we need reform on so many fronts, now. COVID-19 is exacerbating the disproportionate load and stress on the marginalized; the gap between the haves and have-nots is expanding faster and wider than ever.

We believe that Praecipio Consulting has a responsibility to its employees and communities to uplift marginalized voices and groups. In doing so, we recognize the intersections of race, ethnicity, class, culture, nationality, immigration status, gender, sexuality, ability, age, and all social systems. We will work to bridge the equity gap and build communities that welcome and affirm people to be their whole selves, honoring unique identities and life experiences. 

As an immediate step, on June 2nd, we began matching employee donations and doubling Volunteer Time Off (VTO) toward relevant organizations and causes and created a Social Justice team. Today, we'd like to share with you our Social Justice team's plans.

Praecipio Consulting's Social Justice team's mission is to bring social, political, and economic awareness to the forefront by investing time and effort towards the education, advocacy, and required participation needed to enact invaluable change for marginalized groups in our society.

We are taking the following actions both internally and externally to make our mission a reality.

  • Internal Education - pulling together colleagues to educate ourselves with a Social Justice Learning club that will include books and documentaries, holding Lunch & Learns focused on these topics, and building a resource library for our company.
  • Community Engagement - identifying organizations in our communities with whom to partner and volunteer, aligning ourselves with actions and events addressing social injustice and change, and determining how we can be that change within our own circle of influence. We will seek opportunities in education, justice reform, environment, health care, and economic impact.
  • Direct Support - invest our time, equity and profit through our commitment to Pledge 1% to organizations doing social justice work.

Transformative change comes from our collective voice and actions. We will continue to embrace and celebrate diversity. As a business with a large platform, we understand that we have a responsibility to do more in spreading the message of love over hate and doing our part in building a more inclusive, equitable, and sustainable world.

"Nothing can stop the power of a committed and determined people to make a difference in our society. Why? Because human beings are the most dynamic link to the divine on this planet.”

- Representative John Lewis

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Why Mushrooms Can Save The World

By Christopher Pepe on Jun 24, 2020 12:30:17 PM

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When walking behind my house, I found this rhizomorph, which I believe is from a honey mushroom called Armillaria mellea, and it reminded me of the amazing world that we know so little about.

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First, take a guess: What was the largest thing to ever live on earth?

If you thought a blue whale or any other gigantic animal, you will be surprised to know that the current record holder is a mushroom that covers 2200 acres and is thought to be 2000 years old. It eats entire groves of trees. Colloquially named the Humongous Fungus, this Armillaria ostoyae specimen lives in the Malheur National Forest in Oregon. There are several other gigantic honey mushrooms in Oregon and Washington, and this one just happens to be the biggest one we know of today. The mushrooms that we think of are the fruiting body of the organism - like an apple. The main body, the mycelium, lives underground, in decaying wood, even in dead animals. The Humongous Fungus is bigger than a blue whale yet is only one cell wall thick.

I grew up foraging a few mushrooms and have always liked eating them, but it wasn't until I moved to North Carolina that it developed into a full-blown obsession. Running across Paul Stamet's TED talk solidified a lifelong passion for these little understood and underappreciated organisms. Did you know that there are 8 miles of mycelium in a cubic inch of healthy soil? That's amazing!

Going Beyond Sustainable

My focus, shaped by Cradle to Cradle, is on being better than sustainable. I believe that we need to replace all single-use plastics with biodegradable products and be better at reusing. Remember it's: reduce, reuse, and finally recycle. If we fail at all of those, then we have no choice but to landfill it. Recycling has been branded as a better solution than it is, especially if you consider the abysmal rate of only 9% of plastics being adequately recycled. According to a sign on a bus in London, 50% of the trash in the Thames is single-use plastic. We know this is a problem, and we now need to act upon it. But let's rewind, I'm getting off-topic...

To be better than sustainable, we need to have our effluent (outputs) be cleaner than our influent (inputs), but this is not commonplace. Our waterways are so polluted due to factories being built along rivers and lakes where they can conveniently pump water from and return effluent into those bodies of water. Clean river water was brought in, contaminated in some industrial process (like making paper), and then discharged back into the waterways. Even though this is a largely outdated practice, there are still long-lasting effects of contamination )like the superfund site in downtown Portland) we still pump our waterways full of E. coli (human and pet waste), phosphorous (agriculture and lawn fertilizer run-off), and host of other pollutants.

Mushroom Superpowers 

Mushrooms have proven to be very good partners for remediating contamination. In the typical workflow, mushroom mycelia are grown throughout the contaminated material. 

The fruiting bodies and the mushrooms are harvested and safely disposed of since they have accumulated heavy metals. Other nasty compounds are destroyed as the mycelia eat them (one promising example is nerve gas being destroyed by a mushroom that wants the phosphorus contained within the toxic molecule). The contaminated material is now a bit cleaner (although, wouldn't it be nice if we didn't use so many materials that are toxic to us?). Mushrooms are even being researched for neutralizing radiation. While it's worth noting that bacteria and plants are great allies in remediation projects, there is much more work needed to undo the damage that we've done in the last two centuries.

As we grow our partnership with TreeFolks, one of our non-profit partners, we also look to our fungal friends to help us expand the good that Praecipio Consulting can do in the world. Fungi are ubiquitous. They make our food better. They make our brains smarter. They make our medicine more potent. They make plants healthier. They absorb a lot of CO2. So basically, mushrooms really can save our world.

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Improving Our Soil's Health Through Regenerative Practices

By Suze Treacy on Apr 24, 2020 9:15:00 AM

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The world is changing. As we battle global warming, we face 42 years of above-average global temperatures, a 46% increase in carbon in the air since the 1800s, melting polar ice caps, rising sea levels, and extreme weather events (1). Because of the threats that climate change presents, there has been a mindset shift - whether it's from an environmental perspective, a health perspective, or simply from personal knowledge - people have become more conscious of how they treat our planet and want to do better.

 

In this journey to do better for our world, do you realize the importance of the ground we walk on?

Made up of a mixture of organic matter, minerals, gases, liquids, and billions of living organisms, soils are a basis for life. A natural passage for plant growth, an estimated 95% of our food comes from soil! (2) And when soil isn't feeding us, it absorbs water to drain, help plants, and recharge underground water; it maintains both the nitrogen and phosphorous cycles; it offers stable ground for our construction; it acts as a carbon sink, sequestering CO2 from the atmosphere and converting it into the soil's organic carbon. Simply put, soil is amazing, and human life literally depends on it; we can't exist without it. 

How Soil Impacts The Carbon Cycle & Climate Change

I'd like to talk some more about the carbon cycle and the role soil plays. The carbon cycle is the exchange of carbon between the atmosphere, ocean, terrestrial biosphere, and geological deposits. Plants in our soil absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, water from the soil, and sunlight to make their own food and grow through photosynthesis. The carbon becomes part of the plant, and thus, when animals eat the plant, carbon moves along the food chain. As animals breathe, some carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere. When plants and animals die, dead organisms are eaten by bacteria and fungi in the soil, and carbon in their bodies is returned to the atmosphere as even more carbon dioxide that hopefully plants absorb and put back into the soil. In 2018, Columbia University estimated that the Earth's soil contains about 2,500 gigatons of carbon—that’s more than three times the amount of carbon in the atmosphere and four times the amount stored in all living plants and animals (3).

Unfortunately, activities such as deforestation and large-scale, intensive, toxic, and chemical-heavy agriculture techniques lead to soil erosion. Consequently, we are quickly destroying our soil at such an intense rate that in 2014, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization reported that we only have approximately 60 years left of growing crops (4). A terrifying statistic when you consider the impact on our food supply alone. The way we treat our soil also impacts our planet, as it affects our soil's ability to fight global warming. These degradation processes result in carbon being released into the atmosphere as well as decreasing the soil's ability to store carbon. A damaging cycle ensues: exacerbated carbon losses from the soil leads to increased carbon in the atmosphere, accelerating climate change, thus intensifying downpours and further decreasing topsoil. 

 

Regenerative Soil Practices Give Us Hope

As we seek out more ways that we can contribute to a healthier planet, regenerative soil practices offer hope for positive change through the rehabilitation and enhancement of ecosystems. There are so many ways we can regenerate our soil. The Climate Reality Project outlined some of these key soil regeneration practices (5):

  • Plant Species Diversity: Different plants offer a range of diverse properties, releasing different carbohydrates through their roots. Various microbes feed on those carbohydrates, and, in turn, return a variety of different nutrients back to the soil, creating rich, nutrient-dense soils. These soils both more crops and improve their ability to absorb carbon.
  • Rotation and Cover Crops: By rotating crops and deploying cover crops strategically, farms and gardens can infuse soils with additional and more diverse soil organic matter. This helps to avoid disease and pest problems naturally, all while improving biodiversity, and, you guessed it, improving soil's ability to absorb carbon.
  • Conservation Tillage: Plowing and tillage dramatically erode soil and release large amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, as well as creating a hostile environment for important soil microbes. By adopting low- or no-till practices, farmers minimize physical disturbance of the soil, and over time increase levels of soil organic matter, creating healthier, more resilient environments for plants to thrive, as well as keeping more carbon where it belongs: in the land. 
  • Cleaner agriculture decisions: Harsh chemicals can damage long-term soil health by disrupting the natural relationship between microorganisms and plant roots. Utilizing cleaner products, along with regenerative agriculture practices, is crucial in preserving soil health and maintaining the soil's ability to absorb carbon.

 

How You Can Get Involved

The great news is that these regenerative practices are becoming more popular, more accessible to people, and now, you can get involved too. You can support farmers by shopping at local farmers' markets and buying organic as often as possible. Talk to your local supermarket about how you can support farmers who employ these good practices. 

For the more green-fingered among us, how about starting your own garden and have a shot at growing your own food? If you're short on space, you could also try container gardening or join some fellow gardeners in your local community garden. And fear not, if you're not ready to take the leap into the gardening world, there are also a number of organizations working hard to improve soil quality, and they offer ways for you to get involved. Here are a few of my favorites:

  • Kiss The Ground, an LA-based non-profit, is inspiring people to get involved in soil regeneration, with a bold goal to transition 5000 farmers and train 20,000 leaders by 2025.
  • Roam Ranch, a multi-species regenerative ranch in the Texas Hill Country working to heal the ecosystem through regenerating their land and creating nourishing food.
  • Farmers Footprint, a coalition of farmers, educators, doctors, scientists, and business leaders aiming to expose the human and environmental impacts of chemical farming and offer a path forward through regenerative agricultural practices.

 

As we close out Earth Week, I hope that this post provides you with valuable information and inspires you to join us in taking better care of our world. At Praecipio Consulting, we have team members that are passionate about the planet, and they have taken up activities like composting and gardening. It's never too late to start!

 

References
(1) https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/04/21/earth-day-2019-climate-change-humans-global-warming-weather-rising-water/3507125002/

(2) https://sustainablefoodtrust.org/articles/ten-things-know-soil/

(3) https://blogs.ei.columbia.edu/2018/02/21/can-soil-help-combat-climate-change/

(4) https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/only-60-years-of-farming-left-if-soil-degradation-continues/

(5) https://www.climaterealityproject.org/blog/what-regenerative-agriculture

 

Topics: do-good carbon-footprint green-team carbon-neutral regenerative-practices
5 min read

The Green Dream Update

By Christopher Pepe on Feb 19, 2020 9:15:00 AM

I wanted to give you an update on our climate response progress and evolving position. My belief is that burning oil and planting trees to offset it cannot be considered a net zero action because essentially, we increase the amount of biologically available carbon that will impact the climate. This is because it moves long-sequestered carbon into available storage that is easily accessible. I believe that in the future, humans will be remembered as the liberators of carbon that made that world possible. Perhaps, we'll even still be around to take credit.

We cannot realistically eliminate our dependence on fossil fuels today, but we can start to reduce it. Praecipio Consulting is an atom within a droplet inside the entire ocean of human influence, so what carbon we directly reduce has very little effect on the planet. Because of this, we have implemented initiatives that invite our employees and peers to change the way they think and act towards the environment and our communities. We believe that a change in behavior ensures that some carbon will never be unnecessarily liberated and that effect will multiply through the years. Our thinking is that this will have a larger impact over time, even more so than the promise of direct offsets based on $1 trees. We may fall short of our goal of becoming carbon neutral by the end of 2020, but with each passing year, we will drastically reduce the amount of carbon that we release as a company.

How Praecipio Consulting Will Multiply Carbon Reductions Over Time 

Let me use two examples to demonstrate, and please poke holes in my logic. First, the frequency of flooding has increased as a result of climate change, which has affected both communities and their resources. In order to help prevent flooding, Praecipio Consulting has contributed to land conservancy, which will "forever," at least for the long-term, protect the river-adjacent, tilled farm land that once regularly flooded. Because of our efforts, the field's riparian buffer is being restored with native shrubs and trees. These plants help to slow down flood water and provide a number of benefits. Downstream communities now suffer less flood damage, the land absorbs the water that causes the river level to go down, and the buffer receives river silt, which fertilizes the land (to the tune of 0.5 tons of carbon per acre per year "forever"). Additionally, these shrubs and trees help clean the flood water, making life easier on its resident wildlife, like our beloved trout. For this project, we spent the absurd amount of $500 per ton of carbon. However, with each passing year, we will spend $0 per ton, not to mention that we simultaneously support riparian restoration, protect native species, and reduce the effects of climate change on downstream communities.

Second, we have promoted and encouraged at-home composting, which several team members have taken up. Composting at home makes people more aware of the food that they consume and helps them produce less waste. It also keeps food out of landfills, where it does considerable harm by converting to the potent greenhouse gas, methane. In fact,  40% of of the food in America ends up in landfills. To me, this is one of the most shameful realities of our modern world. If we simply stopped wasting so much food, we would be able to address food shortage, reduce oil usage, increase national security, prevent climate change, and more. Composting is something everyone can do, and collectively, we would make a huge impact. I have also written other articles on food composting, which you can check out here:

The Green Team Influence

"I'm a system administrator and love computers. Until recently, I was content to sit inside, watch TV, play video games, and worry too much about system maintenance going horribly wrong. Then I bought a horse farm with my wife and was introduced to gardening and composting, thanks to Praecipio Consulting's Green Team. Over the past year, we have put in a six-bed garden and grown various different vegetables and flowers, including tomatoes, squash, various peppers of different heat, spices (basil, thyme, etc.), kale, sunflowers, lavender, mint, etc. We’ve started composting and will be using that in the garden this spring when we start planting again. We have an improved Meyer lemon tree on the way that we are excited to see fruit harvest from in a couple of years, in addition to a new adventure in beekeeping this spring. A two hive apiary is in the works, and we look forward to seeing what it grows into. Other future projects will include an orchard with various fruits and continuing our off-grid cabin, which already has a composting toilet and will get a solar power upgrade soon. Now, I find myself outside more often and feel more relaxed and creative, so when that upgrade fails miserably it is easier to find a way to move forward."

-Kris Hall, Platform Reliability Engineer

"We all know that I'm not an outdoors person. I tried twice before this past year to grow tomatoes and it never went well.  But I have always wanted to learn new ways to reduce my carbon footprint, especially regarding food waste.  Jess did a presentation about composting and it sparked my interest in the topic.  She started talking about worms, and I was certain that this was the end of my composting dreams.  During that time, I started collecting certain scraps and throwing them into freezer bags. We turned those scraps into cooking stock, and as an avid cook, homemade stock makes an impressive difference in a risotto.  I continued researching composting and found the bokashi container, which didn't require worms and could be stored in my house.  This was a perfect way to continue my goal of reducing food waste.  For my birthday, my husband bought me a keyhole garden, which not only requires less water, but it also has a space dedicated to composting.  I could take the funky mess from the bokashi container and layer it into the keyhole.  Our garden was amazing. It was so successful that it eventually became overcrowded, and we had to draw up a plan to expand this year's garden. And I can now grow tomatoes."

-Shannon Fabert, Principal of Managed Services and Hosting

"During the fall of 2019, I really started to pay attention to the green initiatives that the company champions. Prior to this time, my family was making sure to put cans and bottles in our recycling bin, but that was about it. Now, not only are we much more aggressive with recycling, we are starting to make purchasing decisions based on packaging and its impact on the environment. I know these are baby steps, but I’m happy about where we’re headed as a family. Who knows, maybe composting, gardening or rainwater collection is our next step. For now, what I do know is that we will continue to take steps improve our carbon footprint and influence our neighbors as much as we can."

-Larry Brock, Sr Technical Architect

 

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Going Green at Atlassian Summit 2020

By Christopher Pepe on Jan 21, 2020 1:00:00 PM

Being a Green Business

In many of my previous posts, I've noted that Praecipio Consulting has always taken corporate responsibility seriously and has always been a green company focused on preserving the human experience for generations to come. For years, we've had a similar reputation to Atlassian in that we are a t-shirt company that provides process solutions. Our t-shirts were not only clever in design, but also soft as a cloud – and because of that, they have been highly sought out. However, it comes with a downside -- Worldwide, the textile industry comes at a pretty heavy cost, our human's desire to consume new clothing means that it heavily impacts the environment.

An estimated 20 new garments are created per person per year worldwide1, and that volume is growing. Overall, the textile industry comes in at a whooping 1.2 billion tonnes of CO2e per year. Additionally, as we wear clothes, filaments abrade and litter our environment which contributes to micro-plastics being found literally everywhere (even in that water you're drinking right now).

In 2019, Praecipio Consulting changed our approach to conferences to benefit everyone. We did this through our Pledge 1% efforts. Instead of handing out conference t-shirts to be mindlessly collected, we decided to let booth visitors donate our money to non-profit organizations. Conference attendees channeled some $5000 to TreeFolks, Colorado River Alliance, Flatwater Foundation, and SAFE Austin. It was a great "warm and fuzzy" for us as well as the partnered organizations.

Reducing Carbon Emissions

By not purchasing and handing out underutilized t-shirts (do you really use conference swag to its fullest?), Praecipio Consulting also kept 1 metric tonne of fossil fuel based CO2 out of the atmosphere. While we could purchase a modest number of trees to accomplish the same balance on paper, in practice, we do not believe that does the most good. Humans have already added too much carbon into the carbon cycle to keep the world's climate in a similar state that we are used to. Offsetting fossil fuels with trees does not seem like a net zero proposition to us.

This doesn't mean we don't support offsetting fossil fuels with trees. Just a couple of months ago, we funded and planted trees with TreeFolks. Our goal is to minimize our fossil fuel usage, however, it is impossible today to be modern humans with no fossil fuel usage. Where we cannot cut out usage, we intend to offset that impact in the way we feel does the most good - more on that later.

We were surprised that such a small act, donating to nonprofits that aligned with our goals, made such a big impact. 

Green at Atlassian Summit 2020 

Because of the successful impact, Praecipio Consulting is doing it again – As proud Gold Sponsors of Atlassian Summit 2020, we're giving conference attendees (that stop by our booth) the chance to choose which nonprofit organization will receive our $10 donation (the cost of a t-shirt). Here are the amazing nonprofit organizations we're contributing to: 

Tree Folks is a local organization out of our hometown in Austin, TX that is committed to creating a healthier environment through community building, reforestation, education and growing the urban forest. Their mission is to empower Central Texans to build stronger communities through planting and caring for trees.  

Colorado River Alliance is an independent nonprofit that champions a healthy, flowing Colorado River, which is a vital resource to the community and the state of Texas. With programs that reach 14,000 community members annually, the Colorado River Alliance promotes conservation of the river and advocates for the people, ecosystems, communities, and businesses that depend on this natural resource.

Bamberger Ranch Preserve Located in Blanco County, Texas, is a 5,500 acre ranch that has been restored to its original habitat. For more than three decades the ranch has served as a meeting space for environmental groups, hosted school field trips and workshops for thousands of community members. The mission at Bamberger Ranch is to raise awareness about ethical land stewardship through education and outreach.

We look forward to our future efforts and encourage you to make a small change today as well. If you would like to swap notes please reach out to us.

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Praecipio Consulting Gears Up for Earth Day’s 50th Anniversary

By Christian Lane on Dec 5, 2019 10:56:55 AM

With 2020 just weeks away, expectations are high. It’s the beginning of a new decade, with many foreseeing it to be a monumental year. Japan is expected to build a robotic moon base, the U.S. military pledged to get half of its energy from renewable resources, and Costa Rica will near the finish line of becoming a carbon-neutral country.

2020 also marks the 50th Anniversary for Earth Day, a global initiative commemorated on April 22 that seeks to bring awareness to issues surrounding the environment and to encourage citizens of the globe to take action towards protecting our planet. According to EarthDay.org, Earth Day is the world’s largest environmental movement, and there are hopes that “Earth Day 2020 can be a catalyst that galvanizes an unparalleled global collaboration.”

earth-day-50-anniversaryAnother important milestone happening next year: Praecipio Consulting pledged to be a carbon neutral business by the end of 2020. This commitment is part of Praecipio Consulting's Global Climate Response Plan, our initiative to make a positive impact in the world by supporting charitable organizations and by reducing our carbon footprint through our commitment to cut back on company travel by 25%, expanding our work-from-home policy, our involvement with Pledge 1%, and by working with local organizations, such as Tree Folks.

And we're not stopping there. Our CTO, Christopher Pepe, is passionate about raising awareness for a movement called Green Up Day, a statewide initiative in Vermont that invites volunteers to clean up roadside trash on the first Saturday of May each year. Pepe has been involved with Green Up Day his entire life, and after recently learning that it’s not celebrated everywhere, he said: “I am committed to changing this. Green Up Day is a tradition that builds pride in our communities and promotes the natural beauty of the places we live.”

Each year, Praecipio Consulting joins more than one billion people in 192 countries to stand united in an effort to mobilize change for our planet and our future. With Earth Day’s 50th Anniversary approaching in April, we are more motivated than ever to achieve our goal of becoming a carbon neutral business. Stay tuned to our blog and social channels to see how we will get ready for Earth Day, and in the meantime, we encourage you to make donations to Tree Folks, a local organization that is near and dear to us.

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Believe in People

By Christopher Pepe on Nov 29, 2019 4:58:00 PM

Here at Praecipio Consulting, we are passionate about our interactions with others - colleagues, clients, and of course family and friends. We are grateful and thankful for what we have and the opportunities we are given to make an impact – from a personal or business perspective. 

Our CTO Christopher Pepe, opens up and shares his insight in "believing in people" and professes his gratitude to those who helped him get to where he is today. "If you see a little spark in someone that you think can grow, then nurture that... give them that freely and let them decide what they're going to do with it."

Enjoy this short video and get a sneak peek of the leaders here at Praecipio Consulting. 

 

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Tree Planting with Praecipio Consulting, TreeFolks, and Austin City Parks

By Christian Lane on Nov 26, 2019 11:37:00 AM

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On Friday, November 22, 2019, Praecipio Consulting co-hosted a tree planting event with Austin City Parks and Recreation Department (Urban Forestry Division), and TreeFolks at Civitan Park. TreeFolks’ mission “is to empower Central Texans to build strong communities through planting and caring for trees” and has also “engaged thousands of volunteers to plant more than 2.8 million trees” over the past 30 years. They have been involved in community-building events centered around pillars such as reforestation, education, and growing the urban forest. Their name tells you all you need to know about their fervor for making the Earth happier and our climate more stable by planting one tree at a time. 

Planting Trees

Despite the cold and wet weather, our volunteers (with the help of the Parks and Recreation Department Urban Forestry Divison), planted new trees and mulched existing trees in the park. Volunteers consisted of 20 Praecipio Consulting employees alongside 17 friends from Atlassian and the Atlassian Community. We planted 35 trees and helped spread 8 cubic yards of mulch throughout Civitan Park. In addition, Praecipio Consulting donates to TreeFolks to help support other tree planting events around the city of Austin, such as their Tree Adoption program NeighborWoods, which donates trees to homeowners to plant in their yards. Donations to TreeFolks goes a long way; 90 cents out of every $1 goes directly to planting trees.

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Aligning our Partner Values

If anyone wants to understand the long-lasting impact an organization like TreeFolks has on a community, one does not have to look any further than TreeFolks’ own Development Director, Margot Piper, who shared a heart-warming story with volunteers at the park. “When I was seven years old, my parents and I planted our first tree with TreeFolks. To this day, my parents and I still have picnics together under that very same tree,” she says with an enormous smile. It is refreshingly clear how much the organization and its mission mean to Ms. Piper. That level of affection is one of many reasons why our company chose TreeFolks as a partner.

Our Carbon Dioxide Contribution 

Praecipio Consulting beliP1210336eves in encouraging and enabling others in our ecosystem to amplify our efforts. By inviting the Atlassian Community to join our event, we hope to raise awareness of this noble foundation and hope to see future collaborations. “The goal of our green works program is to get out there and do the most good possible,” Praecipio Consulting's Christopher Pepe says passionately. “We could have just sent out a press release stating that we purchased a set number of carbon credits to offset our business’ activities, but that doesn’t lead to a change in our lifestyles,” Pepe continues, “We commit to these strategic philanthropic partnerships which, in turn, enables our team to get involved—get their hands dirty—and do the most good possible for our community.” 

If you'd like to learn more about TreeFolks and their purpose, we invite you to join their next event NeighborWoods 500 Tree Adoption at Austin Discovery School on December 7, 2019, from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. 

                               

 

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Team Coleson Golf Tournament Fundraiser for JDRF Austin

By Praecipio Consulting on Oct 4, 2019 2:42:08 PM

Praecipio Consulting has been an active member of Pledge 1%, the movement to build corporate philanthropy, since 2015. The mission-driven non-profit asks members to pledge 1% of equity, 1% of time, and 1% of profits to a variety of charitable causes. Praecipio Consulting has fostered on-going relationships with the Colorado River AllianceDam that CancerTreeFolks, and the Coastal Conservation Association, to name a few, since becoming involved with the Pledge 1% initiative.

Our most recent “Do good in the world” event was participating in the Team Coleson Golf Tournament fundraiser, where the proceeds went to benefit JDRF Austin, an organization that champions for millions of adults and children affected by type 1 diabetes (T1D). Praecipio Consulting identified with JDRF because of their commitment “... to funding research that improves life for people at all ages and stages of the disease.”

On September 28, 2019 at Avery Ranch, Praecipio Consulting’s team members Esme Huber and David Gorder played their hearts out, knowing that the competition was all in good fun, but stakes were high for those suffering from the disease. Each dollar raised would go towards critical research to identify everything from how to have a higher quality of life (even while being afflicted by T1D), to eradicating the disease entirely. Team Coleson’s campaign has raised to date $52,700 for JDRF Austin.

We are deeply humbled that our staff would volunteer their personal time to help families cope with the autoimmune disease that affects millions of Americans—both young and old. JDRF works tirelessly to find preventions and better treatments through critical research, in order to—hopefully, one day—find a cure for type 1 diabetes. If you would like to help families affected by type 1 diabetes, you can visit JDRF’s website to make a donation

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5 min read

Corporate Social Responsibility: Meet our Green Team

By Christopher Pepe on Aug 23, 2019 7:59:00 PM

In 2008, I began my tenure with Praecipio Consulting recognizing that I had a great deal in common with Christian and Joe. Joe and I have a Lincoln-Kennedy level of coincidental similarities but beyond that we all shared a passion for leaving the world better than we found it.

While establishing Praecipio Consulting as a top-tier Atlassian Solution Partner, we launched an ambitious side-project that became in.gredients Grocers. Now closed, in.gredients was an experimental grocery store to minimize waste, build community, be a safe space, and encourage patrons to live a more sustainable life. It is a model whose time has come with several examples having popped up around the world. I'm very proud that the 1,000 sq ft grocery store only landfilled an average of 5 pounds of trash per month! By contrast, the average American generates 4.5 pounds of trash per day. In those days, the Praecipio Consulting office was next door and those ethos heavily influenced both organizations. Although we have moved to a new office on a new hill, we have retained those values. Standard issue employee gear includes high quality, reusable items like HydroFlask water bottles. We encourage people to reduce, then reuse, and finally recycle. We do all that we can to avoid landfilling waste. To this day, its difficult to find a trash can in the office and the overall layout intentionally encourages less impactful behaviors.

Our Corporate Social Responsibility

Partnering with Atlassian has allowed us to double in size many times over. That growth has outpaced our green practices. To address that, we have created a Green Team to continue the mission. We are taking immediate steps to have an impact today, while also working towards goals that will forge a cleaner tomorrow.

CSR Goals

In all things we seek Balance. We believe that by promoting balance, a more stable world will manifest - one that improves life for all living things. Our goal is to encourage behavior that improves the balance of our community and discourages behavior that destabilizes our community. If we do this well then everyone reap the benefits that they seek.

Carbon Environmental Footprint

This is difficult to mention without sparking a debate about carbon dioxide. But, we aren't interested in politics here. There is great value in removing atmospheric carbon independent of a political view of climate change. Building carbon content in the soil is one of our focus areas. There are more benefits than we can list here, but of interest to Texas ranchers is to improve forage, improve soil water holding capacity, and improve livestock performance. As carbon builds up in the soil, biodiversity increases, and the overall system becomes more tolerant to changes in weather patterns (including drought tolerance). This allows the land to be more productive, reduces runoff, and improves the overall health of the ecosystem. All of these benefits occur while producing healthier livestock and reducing operating expenses for ranchers.

We see value in supporting soil building projects to offset the carbon footprint from our consultants' travel. We see value in improving the land while keeping it in its historic and current use.

Remediation through Sustainable Practices

Being a modern human is an expensive existence and much of the cost has been paid by the environment that we live in. Satiating our ever growing use of energy, fossil fuel pollution, electronics, oceanic garbage patches, roadside litter, food waste, and on, and on, and on...has many hidden costs that are not bundled in the purchase price of our stuff.

Waste streams fascinate me and I am passionate about more intelligently cycling resources through the human machine. As an aside, Cradle to Cradle is one of the five most influential books in my life. The focus on improving systems that have been degraded by human activity goes towards the goal of having a cleaner effluent. That which flows out of Praecipio Consulting must be cleaner than that which flowed in. Several of us are known to keep a trash bag handy so that we can make our communities a little nicer when out and about. Today, Praecipio Consulting uses Earth Day to organize trash pickups at local parks and we plan to expand our green-up efforts.

My dream in this pillar is to buy a parking lot and put paradise back up. The Green Team is mostly practiced permaculture gardeners and that knowledge will influence the projects we are personally involved in.

Health and Well-Being

Praecipio Consulting has put a strong focus on personal health and well-being. We have a generous wellness program where employees can earn PTO for making healthy life choices. We encourage spending time outside, eating better, and exercising more. Another unique holiday is "A Day in the Sun" where an employee can take a day off to spend it outside. Folks have participated in events like paddle-a-thons, rock climbing, attended forestry training, or simply lounged on the river.

The Green Team is looking at more ways to empower employees to grow better each day.

How to Get Involved

We'd love to hear what you are doing within your communities, and we'd love to help with our efforts. If nothing else, join Pledge 1% and commit to making a difference in your world.

 

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Our Pledge to Not Give T-shirts at Atlassian Summit 2019

By Praecipio Consulting on Mar 21, 2019 11:05:54 AM

As a Gold Sponsor for this year’s Atlassian Summit, we get it - t-shirts are cool. And at past Summits, we’ve given away some awesome t-shirts but this year when you come by Praecipio Consulting's booth, expect to be given something much more meaningful... Something even life-changing.

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Our Pledge

We got to thinking about what we do as a company and what our customers expect of us. As a consulting company leveraging the Atlassian product suite, we deliver the best in-class technology solutions to our clients. Helping companies run their business seamlessly through processes and technology is just one way Praecipio Consulting improves the lives of those around us. We also seek to be caring stewards of the planet and helping those in need. Three years ago, we joined the Pledge 1% Movement, and since then we've donated 1% of our time, equity, and profit to nonprofit organizations. We contributed to great causes, such as volunteering at an orphanage in Nicaraguahonoring veterans, helping out with a tornado disaster relief, raising money for the Flatwater Foundation, and organizing a Colorado River cleanup.

Our Commitment

Giving away t-shirts this year just didn’t cut it, especially when you think about what it takes to make a t-shirt... Did you know that growing the cotton necessary for one t-shirt requires more than 2,700 liters of water? Many resources are needed to manufacture and transport the product. Additionally, caring for a t-shirt leaves no small footprint. Most of us use 40 gallons of water to wash a load of laundry and 5 times more energy to dry a load.

So, this year, Praecipio Consulting is doing something different. In lieu of receiving a t-shirt, Summit attendees that stop by our booth will choose who we (Praecipio Consulting and Workato) will contribute $10 (the cost of a t-shirt). Summit attendees will choose from1 of 4 amazing nonprofit organizations that are making a difference every day: 

Flatwater Foundation is dedicated to providing those diagnosed with cancer, their families, and loved ones access to mental health therapy and family support, including traditional and non-traditional methods of psychological counseling.

TreeFolks has engaged thousands of volunteers to plant more than 2.8 million trees in Central Texas. Planting trees is a powerful means of connecting people with their communities, as they clean the air and water, provide habitat for wildlife, produce fresh fruit for neighbors, and provide shelter.

SAFE (Stop Abuse For Everyone) serves survivors of child abuse, sexual assault and exploitation, and domestic violence through prevention, advocacy, and comprehensive services for individuals, families, and communities that have been impacted by abuse.

Colorado River Alliance believe that a healthy, flowing river is imperative to the long-term well-being of their communities and state. Their mission is to champion the long-term vitality of the Texas Colorado River through education and engagement.

Our Responsibility

By taking this step to do our part in conserving the environment and fulfilling our corporate responsibility, we do not claim that we'll never print another t-shirt again; we do promise that we'll be judicious when we do. 

We look forward to seeing everyone at Summit, please make sure to stop by our booth 1106 to easily contribute to these causes!

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Taking Out the Trash for Earth Day 2018

By Praecipio Consulting on Apr 24, 2018 12:35:00 PM

Praecipio Consulting is dedicated to doing what we can as a company to take care of our Mother Earth. As important as the environment is to every human being sharing our Earth, Lake Austin and its well-being was particularly important to all of us at Praecipio Consulting. When Earth Day 2018 was upon us, we knew what our passion project needed to be. We signed up as a company to help clean Lake Austin, not because the lake is such a fun part of Austin life, but because it desperately needed it.

Keep Austin Weird

Austin is known as a college, techie or even a hippie town (#KeepAustinWeird after all), but it’s also a family town and a real city where many of us love to live and work. Because Texas weather is kind to us throughout the year, we have many weekends swimming, boating, or simply enjoying one of many awesome restaurants on the lake. Sadly, with that enjoyment of the most beautiful and relaxing parts of our city, comes a whole lot of our trash.

According to the City of Austin website, “each year City staff and volunteers pull 250 tons of trash from Lake Austin (in addition to the 6,500 tons removed annually from Austin streets). Some of these discarded items were dropped directly into the river, but most trash washes in from the creeks or through storm drains from land-based areas, such as streets, parking lots, sidewalks, and parks.”

Keep Austin Clean

Once we committed to cleaning up the quarter-mile of Lake Austin that was assigned to us by the City, we had to start planning the logistics. Who has access to a watercraft? How do we even transport a watercraft and how many do we have the ability to transport? How many life vests do we need? Does anyone have access to personal floatation devices? And, of course, as our company has to put our staffs’ safety first, we needed to know who was a strong swimmer to actually remove trash from the lake and determine who was able to help in other ways.

After months of logistical planning, we successfully removed a ridiculously tremendous amount of trash from Lake Austin. To say that is was a “feel good” kind of day is an understatement.

Praecipio Consulting made a commitment to our community, both small and large, by getting involved and doing our best to make a positive difference in the world around us. We are so proud of our staff’s 100% participation in our clean-up event and extremely humbled to be a part of such a large-scale operation with fellow volunteers all throughout Austin. One thing is for sure – we will see you all again next year!

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