Over 30 people attended the first Chicago Sustainability Leaders NetworkMatchmaking Gathering on January 13th, held at the Fair and Direct Trade community coffee shop Everybody's Coffee in Uptown.The goal of the gathering was to help people identify their kindred spirits and efforts they might like to learn from, contribute to, or collaborate on, welcoming both returning and new CSLN members. This was especially useful because in early February CSLN members will finalize theiriobycampaigns to raise money for collaborative projects.
Attendees gained a greater perspective on their fellow CSLN members through vibrant World CafeandOpen Spaceactivities. Participants were able to share their various passions in focused discussion and later host small-groupsto more deeply discuss the topics of most interest to them. In a final reflection with the full group, each small group shared their learnings and asked for potential organizations to connect with to build upon the energy of the event. As the event resulted in collaborations for iobyproposals and many more to materialize, CSLN facilitators were pleased that the event forwarded the spirit of the CSLN and are planning to organize similar networking events in the future.