I have attached a little chart which helps make the distinction between the purpose and functions of the PLFA Network itself and the actions of network participants. The PLFA essential function is helping to connect people and organizations to work together, develop shared action strategies, supporting continuing communication, and providing a platform for the formation of working action partnerships. At the networking level, nobody is controlling or managing what people do, these decisions are made by network participants as they may agree or not agree. The Network is open to all.
Action on particular projects or programs occurs as the participants determine. The Network, through its core functions, offers tools and resources to all participants. If there are disagreements about what people should be doing or not doing, this gets to be worked out by participants. The Network is not opposing or endorsing one idea or proposal over another.
If a person or organization doesn't agree with something network participants are doing, this should not dissuade people from supporting and participating in the Network. Bring your own ideas and projects, find partners, avail yourself of the expanded outreach opportunities that comes from the Network as it grows. Use the network to work out differences.
These are my ideas only. PLFA is considering a statement of functions and operating principles that embody some of these thoughts on the PFLA functions at the network level. The same issues exist at the PlacerSustain level, and is being worked on by that Board.