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Nourish (comm)Unity

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Nourish (comm)Unity

In 2018, Chicago Sustainability Leaders Network is curating Nourish (comm)Unity, a four-part event series designed to address competition and isolation among initiatives within the field of sustainability and climate change. These cross-cultural events explore various ways in which communities in Chicago employ sustainability to build connections. Each event includes partners that represent diverse ecological, economic, and cultural approaches to sustainability, and explores a distinct focus area through which to share elements of each partner's perspective and expertise. Attendees can expect hands-on learning activities, reflections on intersectional sustainability, and sharing of culturally-specific meals.

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Eco Justice Intergenerational Connectivity Rollin' Around Town Community Tech
March 31st, 2018  August 4th, 2018 October 13th, 2018 November 10th, 2018
Coastal Intergenerational Rollin Around Town Civic Tech





Eco Justice examined the intersection of environmental and social justice through the lens of indigenous peoples.

Melanie Eckner of Uptown Coastal Initiative gave a history lesson on Uptown's coast, and Fawn Pochel of American Indian Center - Chicago talked about justice for nature and indigenous peoples in Chicago. Chi-Nations Youth Council led a guided walk to the lake and shared their perspectives on their relationship to the land.

Intergenerational Connectivity found ways in which knowledge being passed down sustains communities.

CSLN members came together with Bronzeville Alliance, Root-Riot Urban Garden Network, GlennArt Farm, and Barrelhouse Bonni to explore fruitful (and fun) ways to connect across generations in Austin's Harambee Garden.

Rollin' Around Town explored four Chicago communities working to protect and grow local assets.

CSLN members embarked on a cross-community bike tour. The trip began in Riverdale with We Keep You Rollin' Bike & Wellness Group, visited The Forum - Bronzeville and Ain't She Sweet Cafe' in Bronzeville, rode to The Plant to visit Bike a Bee, and finished at Working Bikes. Participants had help from JUMP Chicago and Divvy Bikes, who both donated bikes for the event.

Community Tech will look into methods by which data can be leveraged to solve community challenges.

Chi Hack Night participants, including Kola Nut Collaborative, will present on the state of civic technology in Chicago and how it can be used to improve life for Chicagoans. Afterwards, a facilitated "World Cafe" activity will ask questions of the community and harvest the results.