I promised four blogs on the Community Inc. Model and why the workshop on November 21st is so valuable. Here’s #2/4
I believe that a collaborative philosophy promotes the values of diversity, inclusion, and shared leadership in non-profit strategic planning. I also believe that most strategic planning processes are fragmented, insular, and reactive processes that occur in isolation due to funding opportunities (or lack thereof). What I believe is that we often miss the potential of developing sustainable practices through engagement of our organizational teams, our community leaders, and ultimately our constituents … those we serve.
My graduate research focused exclusively on the value of Non-Traditional Strategic Planning. What would happen if we sought out partnerships with people we do not normally engage with in order develop a strategic plan? Rather than an environmental scan of the competition, what if we purposefully connected with groups with similar but different mandates? What if a church and an arts group and a business got together? What if a school and the media and a farmer’s market planned an event? What if the Girl Guides sat down with an environmental group? I believe that the use of strategic planning as a forum can be used to engage current members and develop new affiliate partners to create a diverse value based network.
In my workshop next Thursday November 21st (yes that is 6 days from now) I will teach you how to use strategic planning as a tool to create a welcoming and inclusive process that builds strong inter-organizational connections. I will teach you to think outside of the box and leverage the voice of those you serve to create a powerful plan that strengthens your mission. I will also help you to develop a socially innovative way to increase your relationships with like-minded groups within your community. Could you benefit from that?