Will you help build "San Diego - Where Dreams Become Reality?"
Welcome to San Diego 2015®
"Celebrating a Century of Creativity"
"Building for a Millenium of Sustainability"
until 12:00 a.m. 1/1/15
San Diego 2015® is a private, regional effort to create and showcase lasting Opportunities for the San Diego Region. This web portal highlights ways in which everyday people can showcase their Community, businesses can showcase their products or services, and Communities can showcase themselves. Do not confuse this site and organization with Balboa Park Celebration, Inc.'s efforts. In mid-2013 BPCI hired Autonomy to rebrand their efforts from "EDGE/2015" and use many of the ideas put forward by San Diego 2015® as early as 2011. They have hired an Asheville, N.C. marketing firm to lead workshops. (Why Not San Diego Companies? Ask them - we don't know!)
San Diego 2015® reflects the ideas and concepts of Kevin Swanson as a Leader and Visionary. In San Diego, as in many other locations around the Globe, Leadership and Vision appears to be an oxymoron when placed in the same context as Politician. He has stepped back from Politics to focus on Leadership and Vision.
Here is what Kevin looks like when dressed in a suit and tie - and clicking on his photo will open his LinkedIn pdf:
We hope that you will browse through the ideas contained within this website and consider joining The Horseless Carriage Club, La Jolla Regional Group and the Cabrillo National Monument with their supporting non-profit Cabrillo National Monument Foundation in Celebrating Cabrillo National Monument's (CNM) 100 Years as a beautiful icon of San Diego on December 7th and 8th. These are FREE Activities for the family and should be a great time. Admission to CNM is not free for this weekend of activities - standard entrance fees apply.
Time is streaming by - and soon the Opportunity to build upon 2015 as a pivitol year for the San Diego Region will float away.
Do you have an Idea, an Event, a Discussion, a Business, or a Celebration that fits within our Theme? What do YOU have to be Proud About? Why should People Want To KNOW about it?
On October 12, 2013 "It Begins With A Roar"™ with The Horseless Carriage Club, La Jolla Regional Group was cancelled due to Federal Government Shutdown. They will bring their pre-1916 vehicles on December 7th to Shelter Island Launch Ramp Parking Lot before embarking on the Historic 1915 Point Loma Race Course with a scenic trip to Cabrillo National Monument as part of its Weekend Festivities. Was this first "Roar" be heard by anyone, much as Dr. Harry Wegeforth heard the lone roar of a lion in 1916 and became determined to start the Zoological Society of San Diego? History will show that we at the very least tried to be heard by the one, or several people, that could make a difference in the Region's future. The Historic Cars will be leaving Shelter Island at 9:15 a.m. - so do not be late!
We encourage Communities throughout the San Diego Region to partner with Car Clubs, Transportation Enthusiasts, Community Service Groups (Chambers, Rotary, Lions, Masons, etc.) in creating and promoting "Creativity Festivals" over over 2014 and 2015. Invest in yourselves by purchasing clothing that matches your enthusiasm, transportation, or creativity - showing it off at your local Creativity Festival, and at events throughout 2014, 2015 and beyond to 2019 - when we Celebrate the 250th Anniversary of the Founding of the Californias.
Stay tuned for the addition of a "Dream" link for you to create a paper "Paver" for you to fill in your Dream, print it out, and bring it to events to link it to others in creating "Pictures in the Park."
Sign up for the Newsletter to stay informed and "Like" San Diego 2015 on Facebook. Send us articles, photos, ideas, and events that showcase the great things about San Diego - and the World over the past 100 years, and what is taking place that will influence how the world becomes Sustainable for the next 1000 years!
1915: WWI had broken out in Europe, cars were starting to change transportation, medicine was beginning to have breakthroughs, and a Century of significant changes to the world was being sparked. San Diego as a Region capitalized upon these changes by creating an Exposition with the theme of "Human Progress." 2015 is an Opportunity to reflect upon the changes that have taken place in the last 100 years and to build upon those changes in creating 1000 years of sustainability.
The San Diego Region was discovered in 1542 and colonized in 1769. It was not the myriad of separate community identities of today. While individual communities continue to develop their unique aspects, the Region has a chance of becoming Sustainable for the long term through collaboration and cooperation. (A hand that is all thumbs does not work very well. The secret to a system functioning well is understanding how the parts work together.)
Are you a potential sponsor or participant for events, activities, infrastructure, or sustainable practices? Consider partnering with "Promote San Diego, Inc." whose motto is "San Diego - Where Dreams Become Reality.™" We can help match you up with organizations to create an extraordinary experience leading up to 2015, and establish lasting relationships that build toward the 250th Anniversary of the Region's founding in 2019.
The ideas presented within these pages represent Dreams that can become reality. We are a Region of Dreamers - let us show the World how to build a better future.
Balboa Park Celebration, Inc. is the City of San Diego's Official Effort. Their focus is on Balboa Park. They were formed through a hand picked political process. They are not affiliated with San Diego 2015® and Promote San Diego. They have complete control of Balboa Park through a non-competitively awarded Memorandum of Understanding with the City of San Diego. Here is a link to their January 30, 2013 update presentation to the Natural Resources and Culture Committee.
Balboa Park Celebration, Inc. and its "Organizing Committee" continue to change direction and focus. San Diego 2015 does not recommend supporting their efforts at this time.
San Diego 2015® is a Regional and Collaborative Effort to showcase what is GREAT about the Region during 2015. Events take place all the time throughout the Region that are exciting and fun. We will begin identifying events taking place in 2013 and 2014 as organizations submit them to us, and work with them to create synergistic efforts between organizations. You should make the San Diego Region one of your primary destinations during 2015, and consider learning more during 2013 and 2014.
The original 1915 Panama-California Exposition had the theme of "Human Progress." The 1935 California-Pacific Exposition created jobs and provided economic positives to San Diego during the Great Depression. The 1935 Exposition was known as "America's Exposition. (Note the landscape and building changes compared to today!)
Balboa Park and San Diego are significantly changed from 1915 and 1935. The Region now has multiple venues for entertainment, educational events, and economic events. Tijuana, as a City that borders on San Diego, has a population greater than the City of San Diego. Orange County, Riverside County, and Imperial County are quite different than they were 75 and 100 Years ago. The San Diego Region of today has over 6 million residents. In size and topography it could be compared to Israel, with many of the same challenges with respect to cultural and geographic challenges.
2015 for the San Diego Region will not be a traditional "Exposition." In keeping with the Spirit of 1915, the Region will create a unique experience to showcase the creativity within the Region that has attracted the businesses, organizations, and people in the past 100 Years. It is hoped that the collaborative efforts surrounding 2015 will result in a Sustainable Region for the next 1000 years. To that end, events will be held during 2013 and 2014 that will be expanded for 2015.
Wonder what is missing from San Diego's Balboa Park - and why there is a National Historic Landmark District within Balboa Park? Take a look at this video, which covers the 1915 and 1935 Expositions. The National Historic Landmark District, created to protect the structures and landscaping from these two Expositions that were large enough to be considered "World's Fairs" on an after the fact basis without obtaining official branding from the United States government, is in danger from the Plaza de Panama (Jacobs) Project.
The City of San Diego, through its City Council and Mayor, are supporting the private efforts of the Plaza de Panama Committee (funded by Dr. Irwin Jacobs, Qualcomm Founder) to reshape Balboa Park's Central Mesa. The Save Our Heritage Organization (SOHO) filed a lawsuit challenging their actions. SOHO won. Plaza de Panama Committee is appealing. Visit the Plaza de Panama page to learn more.
Syntropic® is a federally registered trademark. Syntropic® Systems is a management consulting practice. The Syntropic® Games™ is a project that can be implemented to benefit a region and multiple economic sectors. San Diego 2015® is a project and related web portal with social, economic, and environmental benefits specifically tied to the San Diego/Southern California/Baja Mexico region.
This Website, and San Diego 2015®, are NOT Affiliated with, Associated with, or Sponsored by the University of San Diego, The San Diego Museum of Man, The San Diego Chargers, the Balboa Park Inn, the City of San Diego ("City"), the City's Balboa Park, the Balboa Park Celebration Corporation, Balboa Park Central, Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, Friends of Balboa Park, Balboa Park Online Collaborative, San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation, San Diego County, or any organizations or businesses using either "San Diego" or "Balboa Park" in their names, an eight pointed star, a "compass rose" or any variation of a four, eight, or sixteen pointed star or a compass rose in its logo. This is a PRIVATE Non-Governmental Effort that will work with municipalities, businesses, and individuals to accomplish benefits for the region.
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The 1935 California Pacific Exposition
One of the challenges facing the Public, with the City as Stewards for this urban park, is how much they wish to restore Balboa Park within the National Historic District guidelines. The Plaza de Panama Committee project restores the Plaza de Panama and Plaza de California to historic uses at the cost of forever changing the look and feel of the Heart of the Park through building a bypass bridge, a new road, and an underground parking structure.