Tip #9 Plan for sustainability

This means that your 3-months summer holiday, or semester-long module requirement should not be your sole consideration when planning for a project.

The people you serve are individuals with their own lives to live and lives that last beyond your summer holiday and semester. When you plan community service projects, plan for sustainability.

What planning for sustainability means?

  1. Giving every partner a stake in the project
  2. Focusing on practices instead of protocols
  3. Clarifying the vision

Let’s break this down further.

Giving every partner a stake in the project

What this looks like: Partners give suggestions and feedback freely about everything from conceptualising to marketing to operations. They give constructive feedback that focuses on the problem instead of looking to blame or judge.

Focusing on practices instead of protocols

What this looks like: Your team has the autonomy to make decisions from the minute details such as who to bring onto the team to the conceptual issues such as the organisation’s strategic directions. More importantly, they are ennobled to do so.

Clarifying the vision

What this looks like: Your team is able to explain and work on the company’s vision consistently and clearly.

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