Sustainable Community Collaboration Building (SCCB)

Stucture balanced on glass marblesStanding on a Landmine, Caught in Indecision and Apathy. Why Sustainable Community Collaboration Building is Critical

by Richard C. Lumb and Gary J. Metz

“Sustainable community collaboration building (SCCB) is an applied program to assist public and private organizations, responders to the same client, to determine sustainable solutions that result in the elimination of future service requests. For far too many people demand these services, the problem, not resolved, reoccurs continuing the demand for service that is inadequate.


Many agencies provide service to the same client, but without collaborative engagement to coordinate common goals and outcomes, fail in the long view of expressed resolution. Without a clear pathway to sustainable solutions, the repeat calls syndrome persists. Few agencies track costs for individual calls, thereby not knowing the full impact on the same person, location, situation, and other variables. Not knowing if concerted efforts achieve their goals, is ineptness, and illustrative of the apathy that exists.

It is not inconceivable that a person who comes to the attention of a service agency does not associate cost and solution planning to determine if appropriateness is occurring. There is a sequence of events involving others where time, personnel, and the expenditure of resources are unknown, contribute to limited successful outcomes. Should we not know to permit planning and steps that result in sustainable solutions?

Unless we achieve sustainability, engagement often repeats itself many times. When answers are not forthcoming, we must question the sense of multiple agency engagement, resulting in no satisfactory outcome.

We are aware that every community must engage in addressing problems and seek sustainable solutions. We do not focus on the day-to-day efforts taken that result in the completion of the tasks at hand. Our emphasis is on persistent issues, those problems of a critical nature, that impact the quality-of-life of people who suffer from a lack of positive outcomes. Ask yourself what is most troubling!

We address this dilemma offering a hands-on and applied program to guide the development of a cohesive working group charged with the examination of the problem allowing informed decisions. This step leads to the construction of a sustainable solution plan, implementation steps, and evaluation to determine outcome effectiveness.”

Read the full version of this article here Standing-on-a-Landmine.pdf

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Richard C. Lumb, Ph.D

Thank you to Dr. Lumb for allowing us to post this insightful article.