Indicators of Mission Success: September 2016 Board/Community Meeting

Hooray!Creating the Future’s “Indicators of Mission Success” Board / Community Meeting will take place right here on Monday, September 12,  from 1pm-3pm ET (US).  Scroll to the bottom of this post for details on how to watch and participate.

At our September meeting, we will be discussing indicators of success.

• If Creating the Future’s 10 year plan is successful and we accomplish our mission, what would that look like in the day-to-day lives of people around the world?

• What might indicate that we have been successful in ensuring that day-to-day systems bring out the best in people? And which people?

• Given that we intend to accomplish our mission by the end of 2026, how will we know if we’ve done so?

“How will we know?” is a common question in the world of social change. It is a question most groups lament as being “hard,” and therefore tend to avoid asking. As a result, social change groups often settle for measuring what is easy to measure, rather than determining how to measure the things that matter most – counting what’s easy to count vs. counting what counts.

Like other social change groups, Creating the Future has a mission, and a plan for accomplishing that mission. We have programs in place. We are beginning to scale those programs to ensure we meet our 2026 goal. And we are in the process of restructuring the whole organization, to best ensure we accomplish that goal.

The looming questions remain:

  • What will success actually look like?
  • How will we know?
  • What will be different at the end of 2026 than it is now?

What Indicators for Success Make Possible
We will start the discussion where Catalytic Thinking guides us to begin – determining the end result we want from the conversation.

What will having indicators of success make possible? For whom?

Once we know what we want those indicators to accomplish, we’ll be able to discuss what sorts of indicators might do the trick!

What this conversation will make possible for YOU
As with all our board’s discussions, we invite you to be part of the conversation – to sit inside the meeting with us if you’d like, or to watch and tweet in real time.

Because so many organizational leaders lament not knowing how to measure the things that matter most to them, we hope that listening to this conversation (and hopefully participating!) will give you confidence to have this conversation with your own organization’s leaders.

And just imagine what THAT will make possible!

So please mark your calendars and join us Monday September 12, from 1pm-3pm Eastern time (US).

If you would like to be at the table with us, in the actual meeting discussion on the video screen, please send a note via the Contact form here.

If you prefer to watch the meeting without actually being in the meeting, participating via Twitter as the spirit moves you, the meeting will appear right at this blog post at 1pm Eastern time (US) / 10am Pacific time on Monday, September 12th. Just tweet using the hashtag #CTFuture and we’ll pull your comments into the discussion. (And if it’s a few minutes past the hour and the video is not showing, just reload your page. We may be starting a few minutes late.)

In the meantime, please let us know right here in the comments…
• What is the best evaluation conversation you were ever in? What kinds of questions were being asked?
• What do YOU think indicators of mission success make possible? For whom?

We look forward to seeing you on the 12th!

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