History of Center for Sustainable Change

Sydney Banks with Dr. Roger Mills, CSC Co-Founder

Center for Sustainable Change (CSC) is deeply grounded in the profound insight received by Sydney Banks about how life works (inside-out) and how all people function, psychologically. This understanding is expressed as the Three Principles of Mind, Consciousness and Thought.

The Center was co-founded in 2004 by Dr. Roger C. Mills and his daughter, Ami Chen Mills-Naim, with the help and encouragement of Mr. Don Carlson, father of the late author Richard Carlson, and a longtime supporter of Roger's work. From its beginning, CSC built on the broad body of work and remarkable results Roger Mills helped to create in distressed communities and schools across the nation over the previous two decades. CSC also drew on the community-, youth-, and school- based work of Ami Chen Mills-Naim over the previous decade in Santa Clara and San Francisco counties in California.

After Roger Mills' passing in 2010, Gabriela Maldonado-Montano, also an active Three Principles trainer in the Bay area, joined Ami at the Center, both serving as co-directors. Over the next two years, Ami and Gabriela realized their personal strengths were in presenting, training and coaching. In 2012, Dave Nichols, previously the director of a small community development organization in Charlotte, NC, was asked and now serves as the current director of CSC.

For the last decade, CSC has partnered with major local foundations and global foundations, such as The San Francisco Foundation and W.K. Kellogg Foundation, to produce materials, conduct trainings and run national programs eliciting the innate resiliency and well-being in human beings from all backgrounds in lifeā€”but particularly the under-served. CSC has worked with partner agencies in San Francisco, Marin County (California), the Mississippi Delta, Des Moines (Iowa), Charlotte (North Carolina), Hartford (Connecticut), Florida, and many other locations. Major project reports, videos and books have emerged from this work.