Last night our topic was Sustainability. Our intention was to host a vibrant and engaging conversation among the 150 coalition members attending. To get things rolling we seeded the room with two starter stories.
The first, Heidi Bainbridge from Van Buren Cunty Safe Coalition, Keosauqua, Iowa told her story about the coalition and what they have done over the past five years to set up the conditions to be sustainable.
Then Ari Russell from Gwinnett County Coalition for Health and Human Services talked about their experiences over about 20 years sustaining their community work. Each of their stories had the elements we were hoping to understand more clearly -- what do we maintain in our communities and what to we focus on sustaining? We may maintain a brick wall but we sustain a tree. We maintain programs but we sustain community change. More coming on each of these coalitions in another post.
- What does sustainability mean to you?
- What does your coalition do to engage the community in creating the future you want?
- Beyond money, what is it that makes sustainability possible?
|The Sustainability Tree from the Coalition Cafe, CADCA #MYTI10|
It's your turn. What would you add to the tree (in the comments)?