Having an inclusive definition for sustainability is an important value for members of CSLN. Members come from a variety of professional backgrounds and include individuals who are independently employed as well as participants representing non-profit organizations and for-profit businesses in the community. CSLN members also work on a diversity of issues, ranging from urban agriculture, healthy eating, energy production and conservation, climate change education, and sustainable landscaping to cultural diversity, youth leadership development, participatory facilitation, cooperatives, veterans’ rights, after-school programming, job training, and much more.
During the very first CSLN gathering, one participant, Vito Greco, remarked on the power of a holistic approach: “When you get people together who do a lot of different things, but share values, you can do a lot more.” Working in a multidisciplinary and collaborative way helps to prevent siloed action. Working in silos can constrict not only the individuals involved, but also the knowledge and methods available to comprehensively address problems.
CSLN has been meeting regularly and working on building relationships, sharing knowledge, setting goals for 2014, working to clarify it’s aims, and give shape to it’s future. Currently, network members are exploring several different collaborative interest areas:
CSLN is still at the beginning stages of formation and is eager to welcome new participants interested in collaborating on community sustainability issues. Current members act as a springboard for further participation. As another member of the network, Ron Kartholl, put it: “We all have a certain amount of isolation, but we can all then be able to take this conversation back to our communities and be able to hook up the broader community.”
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