The Sustainability Cast: Organizational Sustainability for Social Change Embracing Complexity for Mission Sustainability

Organizational “sustainability” is a term frequently associated with moments of crisis in the lives of development organizations – moments which threaten an organization’s ability to operate and be “sustainable” over time.  Alfredo Ortiz’s spring 2012 Organizational Sustainability class worked with two youth arts organizations to explore how organizations can hold different definitions of sustainability and how those definitions shape their work.

In this 17-minute final podcast, class members explore the more complicated issues of sustainability they uncovered during semester long action research projects.  Through interviews with team members, discussions of topics covered in class sessions, and creative recreations of class discoveries, the podcast presents the ups and downs, confusions and triumphs of the two teams’ experiences along with the lessons they learned on the way.  Follow along to the podcast on their class website for more information!

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