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March 14, 2006




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March 14, 2006:  Ideas on Sustaining Cape Cod's Water and Open Space

February 23, 2005:  Sustaining a Volunteer Center

February 7, 2005: The Pulse of Progress at Cape Corps

December 2004:  Volunteering to Sustain Cape Cod

October 2004:  The World Series

May 2004:  The Cape Cod Center for Sustainability Brokers Successful Partnerships among the Cape's Nonprofits  

April 2004:  Building the Wealth of the Cape

August 2003:  A Knuckleball of an Idea






Ideas on Sustaining Cape Cod's Water and Open Space

The editorial pages of the Cape Cod Times last week called for ideas for saving our water and land.  This was my response:

If we are to address effectively any one of the concerns that the Cape Cod Times listed as priorities affecting the Cape's quality of life, we need to consider these matters as parts of a whole. To rank them suggests that they are independent and mutually exclusive.  And ranking them then leads to a prioritizing of our limited amounts of time, money, and talent.  Instead, we must take as a given that we are unable to address and resolve all of the problems that affect our quality of life at any one time.

Thus, rather than ranking potential threats to our water, land, and air, we might focus our thought and discussion more on how these matters interrelate.  We need to refine our problem-solving processes considerably if we are to more effectively share information and consider ways that changes in one context may lead to consequences, intended or perhaps unintended, that extend far beyond any particular area of focus.

The Cape's history during the past quarter century has been one in which we made many attempts to encourage dialogue and decision making across disciplines. In the public sector, Cape residents formed a county assembly and then a regulatory commission having broad regional authority. And within smaller sections of the Cape, we established more focused working groups around matters like housing, water quality, open space, education, economic development, and health care.

The question is not which one of these is most pressing for they all are. Instead, we need to find ways to better communicate and connect the efforts that people are making in their areas of specific interest and expertise.  As a region, we need to continue to modify and adapt the efforts we started when we first established organizations with hope that they would address and adapt to changes and events that affect our lives.

Allen Larson, President
Cape Cod Center for Sustainability"




The Third Annual

Volunteer to Sustain Cape Cod


Monday, May 1, 2006, at the

Cape Cod Community College 
West Barnstable 

Sponsored by and

the Cape Cod Community College Student Senate