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Organizational Sustainability



Introduction

This resource book attempts to provide practical tips on organizational sustainability based on the PLE participants' stories and latest literature on the topic. In the words of Ms. Marissa Camacho, Executive Director of WINGS (2007-2010), the purpose of this resource book is "to take the PLE participants' experiences and put them together in a material to share with network members who did not have the opportunity to attend the Peer Learning Events". Specifically, its objectives are:

  • To present ideas and insights emanating from members‘ experiences which could also be helpful to others
  • To provide tools for assessing their organizations‘ status on the various dimensions of sustainability and thereby assist them in their sustainability planning activities
  • To provide users Web-based access to current resources on sustainability

The resource book seeks to accomplish these objectives by presenting an experiential and conceptual overview of sustainability, presenting examples from WINGS members as shared in the PLEs, and providing Web links to useful literature. Finally, it hopes to help the readers conduct their own assessment of their organization, through a checklist and a guided plan of work.

The resource book, however, does not intend to be THE resource book on sustainability. It is neither a text book. Rather, it is a work in progress that presents how sustainability is being carried out by members in the hope that their experiences may be of help to others. It is a living work that will continue to be enriched as field experience continues to be refined.

The presentation of topics, beginning from an overview of organizational sustainability, starts with the experiences of the workshop participants—the specific sustainability issue that they addressed and what specifically they did to meet a specific challenge. This is followed by a short summary of the topic based on literature. To further help the user, a checklist of the critical components of the issue is presented against which he or she can assess his or her own organization. This is followed by a listing of more Web-based resources, and, finally, by a suggested plan of action.

This resource book is a work in progress and will be updated as more stories and experiences from WINGS members come in. We encourage you to be an active participant in its development.