We live in the age of networks.
An important survey of human services trends, Disruptive Forces, describes the need to brand causes rather than organizations. Related to this is the growing importance of formal networks of organizations, rather than individual organizations, as the key to driving social change.
Chicago Commons has embraced this view of the world, but it is a viewpoint that requires a lot of skill in terms of management and organizing. Networks can get messy really fast when strong leadership is absent.
Fortunately, Commons is part of some networks with strong leaders: Pilsen Planning Committee, Humboldt Park New Communities, West Humboldt Park Educational Pathways, Chicago Benchmarking Collaborative, The Back Office Cooperative andTogether 4 Health to name a few. The future of Chicago Commons will be one of shared success.