Tuesday, June 27th

Last updateTue, 21 Mar 2017 2pm

 About the Project

In 2011, the Institute of Cultural Affairs (ICA) launched a citywide project called accelerate77, aimed at accelerating grassroots sustainability initiatives throughout Chicago’s 77 community areas. The project did this by identifying the initiatives and connecting them to one another, resource providers, and policy makers in a city-wide Sharing Approaches that Work Conference. The accelerate77 project has led to the formation of the Chicago Sustainability Leaders Network (CSLN). As the organizing sponsor of the network, ICA is currently engaging members of the CSLN, a network of local activists and community organizations/organizers throughout Chicago, in collaborative change making efforts.


CSLN UPDATE

 

 Recap of May 25th CSLN Meeting









 

 

CSLN members gathered on May 25th at the Chinese American Service League to connect and explore collaborations within the network. Thank you to Ben Lau for hosting at CASL and providing a brief tour of the space - we didn't realize just how many ways CASL serves the community!

 

We started off the meeting with working group updates.

  • Getting Together the Network came together for an On the Table conversation about themselves, building intergenerational dialogue, and efforts within the network.
  • Resources/Funding: Although the resources group from the previous meeting did not come together, a separate team of CSLN members attended a grassroots participatory fundraising workshops to develop a funding strategy for network initiatives.
  • Converging Cross-Sector Approaches connected by phone to recap previous collaborative events and collaboration protocols outlined in the guidelines and discuss where to go from there. Ultimately, the group aims to support collaborative projects by developing and refining the infrastructure to broadcast and document events.

The Converging Cross-Sector Approaches group's goals dovetailed with the objectives for the May meeting overall -- to highlight the value of collaborative events, restate collaboration guidelines, and create a space for CSLN members to share their events and explore opportunities for collaboration. Meeting attendees with collaboration opportunities hosted Open Space conversations to discuss their projects and ways to collaborate with other members and organizations in general. The following chart describes each initiative, opportunities to partner, and contact information.

 

Initiative Title and Contact

What is it?

You should connect to this initiative if...

Out and About Uptown with the ICA.

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A nine-session experiential learning series to connect Uptown residents, workers, and visitors to the coast across a spectrum of disciplines.Read more here!

You would like to share your expertise in one of the following arenas: mental health, public transit, biking, urban agriculture, eco-justice, underutilized community spaces, historic preservation, and green infrastructure.

Wasted Market with Bryant Williams

Our goal is to pilot a program that creates a community-based shared working space around building material reuse. It would include a sales center, training center, businesses, etc. The training center would serve to break down barriers to employment and leadership within all aspects of the construction trades.

You have ideas about ways to connect with community groups about reuse.

Kola Nut Collaborative Timebanking with Mike Strode.

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A reciprocal service exchange established to incentivize prosocial behavior by using time as a complementary community currency which can be banked and traded when providing or receiving services between members of the exchange. View the exchange.

You are an individual who has a skill or service that you would like to share with members of your community in a manner that makes it more broadly accessible to all.  You are an organization who has underutilized skills or assets and would like to deepen your engagement with members of the community by shifting their participation from clients or volunteers to stakeholders.

Divvy in South Shore with Dan Black.

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Divvy has focus area in South Shore and are working with local organizations to build community buy-in specifically in South Shore.

You are a resident of South Shore or are affiliated with any organizations or businesses in South Shore.

 

The following initiatives are member initiatives seeking partnerships that were not discussed at the May meeting.

 

Initiative Title and Contact

What is it?

You should connect to this initiative if...

Connecting the Dots: Water Talk with Sacred Keepers.

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This series is an informal monthly meet-up to collectively learn, grow and share knowledge around water! We will explore all things water through film screenings, discussions, demonstrations and workshops.

You are passionate about water about would like to explore the intersections across different approaches to water.

Community Homesharing Mixerswith New Community Vision. 

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Social gatherings to casually gather, meet people, and discuss homesharing. Eventually, interested community members may seek out homesharing options.

You would like to co-host a mixer in your community.