|Re: Mission Statements||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Susan Hyne (susanhynegmail.com)|
|Date: Mon, 21 Nov 2011 08:32:40 -0800 (PST)|
Some observations from working on our community's long-range planning team in 2010-2011 (we moved in the fall of 2007).... We discovered a range of understandings of the terms "mission statement," "vision," "values," and "purpose statement." I'd suggest starting by getting clarity on terminology so you are working toward the same outcome. We opted to leave our fairly long "Vision and Values" intact and to work together as a community on a "Purpose Statement." Our Vision and Values was forward looking (because it was written well before move-in) and we wanted a current focus on how we were applying our vision and values. Then we selected specific goals for the next year. Our Purpose Statement process involved individual and small-group contributions of ideas and actual statements. Also having a small group of "wordsmiths" to generate drafts plus the final version was helpful in blending ideas (not a doable task in a large group). I admit to a personal preference for working on your own mission statement prior to looking at other groups' mission statements. An example at the far end of the spectrum...a few years ago, another cohousing community "adapted" our Vision and Values Statement (giving us credit and basically inserting their community name). It is hard to imagine the words having the same heart and meaning for both communities. That said, feel free to look at our Vision and Values and Purpose Statement on cohoecovillage.org (look at the pdf version to get the full graphic of the Purpose Statement and read the text after the graphic that explains it more). -- Susan Hyne
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- Re: Mission statements Eris Weaver, November 21 2011
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