On May 19, 2012, SA2020 shifted from the name of a community visioning process to the name of our nonprofit that drives progress toward a shared Community Vision. That means that today marks nine years (!) since the launch that put San Antonio on the path to be the only large city in the country with: a shared Community Vision, more than 170 multi-sector institutions aligning their work to that vision, and an independent nonprofit holding institutions accountable to shared goals. To celebrate, we're looking back on a poem that San Antonio's then-Poet Laureate Carmen Tafolla wrote and read for the launch on May 19, 2012. Nine years later, it still serves as a beautiful reminder of the shared vision San Antonians created together and the work committed to reaching it—"brick by brick, stone by stone, law by law, life by life." Do It. Carmen Tafolla, May 2012 a whisper of algo posible a breath of dream a shadow of vision a twilit profile of some possible future Could we visualize? Could we even hope? Could we put into daring words our unborn yearnings our unwritten goals pale sprouts of wishes not yet rooted enough to have claimed their soil? The meetings were set for a building so large we feared it would be half-empty But the people came and they came and they came arriving eagerly in cars and on bikes in wheelchairs and on foot by bus and by word of mouth till the building overflowed and a second space was needed, absorbed the filling to the brim Where CEOs met Homeless, both passionate about the yearnings of their souls and the beauty of their goals Educators and Information Specialists Environmentalists and Engineers Historical Preservers and Advocates for Health Parents of Young Children, Senior Citizens Artists, Office Workers, Road Builders, Civil Rights Defenders Guardians carving a sacred protection gently, bravely, insisting on the possible “PLEASE build everything Green, or not at all,” they said, “Education is the Key that opens ALL the doors,” they said “Fearless Innovation,” they said “More Parks”, “Better Roads” “Protect the People” “Build it, Dream It, See it - Big. Clean. Smart.” Our pleas and plans waited – breathless, carefully anointed. Where Art students displayed their painted treasures and the community college Jazz Band teased our ears, our lives Where Travis High students wore placards that shouted “Ask me about MY College Plans” and a chanting chorus of 5th graders performed the power of multiplication. Where the homeless made the sandwiches for the meeting Where the dreamers scribbled the questions for the next agenda and the next and the next for a year of Dream It, Map It, Dream It, Map It * * * * Now the seed of an idea grows tall, the sweep of its cool shade consuming us The dreaming, the mapping become something we can ALMOST touch… a passion stirs us a possibility a new surge of hope From so many divergent paths these people, the people of our pueblo joined only by a vision for a new world one city, one family, many colors, many chords Each meeting –a bold step forward on the path, a new note in this symphony of voices all whispering, murmuring, drumming, shouting, pulsing from their veins the common, unspoken prayer Just Do it Do it Do-o-o-o It-t-t-t Make It Come–brick by brick, stone by stone, law by law life by life, doors opening wide like the sunrise, opening our eyes till at last, we see what we CAN touch what we WILL reach.