The Getting Started Series
Who Calls for This: Any organization that is struggling with getting a project or initiative underway, groups of organizations that want to work together but can’t figure out where to start, or a community that realizes it will change their fate if they start small, but isn’t sure where or how.
What Is It: It’s a fast and efficient way to identify and clearly articulate your problems, purpose, and goals, and to take a first quick step on the path to success.
Why Do I Need This: Sometimes all the good intentions in the world can’t get a group of people to work together effectively, because they don’t know where to start or what is in their power to control. This exercise will clarify issues, opportunities, roles and actions.
What to Expect After: A clear picture of what your group’s vision is, or an understanding of your own power to overcome challenges; a collective understanding of what it will take to achieve it, and acknowledgment of who needs to be on board to make it happen.
Getting Started Options
4Q Workshop – 4Q stands for 4 Questions. It sounds simple, and really, it is. This workshop is generally an afternoon or evening session, usually 2 – 4 hrs in length, and is intended to take a group of motivated participants through the process of identifying their challenges, potential solutions, and what each person present will do to own and implement the solution.
The Symposium – The symposium is for larger and more diverse groups that still have shared challenges, and want to create a shared understanding of the solution, but come from different places. Often, we get focused on our own organization’s issues so that our thoughts and actions become siloed. To build a successful community it is critical that groups and organizations realize they are all important, but no one holds all of the power, or all of the responsibility. This process brings everyone together for big picture thinking, and to develop an understanding of the value of working together, along with a plan of action and personal ownership.