Re: Visioning Workshop
From: Jill Dimond (
Date: Sun, 30 Aug 2015 11:28:01 -0700 (PDT)
Thank you Sharon, super helpful. I think we want to do both since we have
so many new folks that have just moved into Touchstone. Start with general
values, and then create a strategic plan for the next year. I like the idea
of focusing on one area.

On Sun, Aug 30, 2015 at 9:47 AM, Sharon Villines <sharon [at]>

> > On Aug 29, 2015, at 7:59 PM, Jill Dimond <jpdimond [at]> wrote:
> >
> > We at Touchstone Cohousing in Ann Arbor are looking to revisit our
> mission
> > statement/vision after ten years. I was wondering if anyone had any
> sample
> > agendas for visioning workshops. We are researching types of activities
> and
> > artifacts that have resulted from such workshops.
> I have a blog post on the site, "Your Community's Purposes:
> Vision, Mission, Aim”:
> It isn’t about activities but about the importance of thinking in more
> tangible terms than “values,” which are often admirable and “feel good,”
> but they can’t be measured or implemented.
> The other suggestion is that you think in terms of annual or seasonal
> aims. Aims are the tangible things you provide for yourself and each other.
> Aims can be measured. They produce results. For example, one year (or
> season) the focus might be on planning and developing the landscape, in
> another the meal program.
> That doesn’t mean everything else stops, it means they are reframed in
> terms of the aim. How does the landscape contribute to the meal program?
> The workshop? The play room? The laundry?
> Sharon
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> Sharon Villines
> Sociocracy: A Deeper Democracy
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