Clarifying WOF Vision Exercise
Thanks for your feedback. We'd like to clarify the process and purpose of the visioning exercise.
Your vision for PM is the ultimate destination you collectively wish the organization to reach. Once those visions have been agreed upon ("aligned") by those within your community who choose to participate, our next steps will be determining as a group the preliminary strategy and tactics to get the organization to what you want to create.
For example, if you are seeking to be an elite math community that uses its platform only for advanced math projects, the types of communication strategies and tactics that emerge will be very different than if you are seeking to be a community that welcomes middle-schoolers and has strategic alliances to develop "PlanetScience" and "PlanetPsychology" as additional revenue streams.
The strategy and tactics derived from your group vision are very specific who-what-where-when-why's of what PM will do over the next three years, including specific commitments by specific individuals to undertake specific actions on behalf of the organization.
But it all starts with the vision of what you wish to create/become. We use a method of aligning visions that has proven highly effective in wildly different types of groups. The first step is for each participant to come up with his/her own vision; then two people work together (online or by telephone or even face-to-face if possible) to come up with a common vision that both endorse. Then we'll have groups of four do the same thing.
It doesn't take all that long to do, and the end result will be a vision that all participants support.
Additionally, this is about resource identification. In order to be a well-rounded non-profit corporation, you do need additional skill sets at the table. Words on Fire is seeking to help link the PlanetMath community to additional beneficial communities, including key media (both consumer and trade), individual and institutional funders, and potentional strategic partners.
Let us know what you think, and we're looking forward to moving forward. (As before, hang on to your completed vision assignment for the moment and we'll arrange partners for you to work with on the next step.)
Carl & Marnita
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