When most people think of a college campus, they think of the grounds and buildings of the campus, which is similar to the traditional definition of community: “a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common.” A more modern definition of community adds a “feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests and goals.” In other words, the heart of a community is based on the connections and relationships between the people in the community.
What if in the future, college “campuses” became college “communities” that fostered the development of relationships, both physical and virtual, to support all aspects of an individual’s mental, physical and emotional development, related to working, learning and living?
As part of Imagine Beach 2030, members of the CSULB community came together to redefine the concept of the college campus into a community that supports all aspects of person’s life – even from birth to death. Campus libraries become “work and learn” centers that provide child care. University parking lots become landing zones for mobile work and sleep pods.
Interdisciplinary research labs develop new solutions to support the holistic health and well being of newborn and aging members.
These solutions are then shared with other communities that could benefit, bringing in additional revenue and resources from outside.
Faculty become students, and students become faculty, where everyone learns from each other.
What if, instead of just “taking classes” and “living in a dorm” on a CSULB campus, you instead become a lifelong working member of the CSULB community that continues to provide self-sustaining opportunities for working, learning and living for generations to come?