What would the founders say?

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Level of process: 
Intent or purpose: 
To use the spirit of the founders of the organization as inspiration for confronting today’s issues, perhaps as an opening to a strategic planning session.
Used as component of: 
strategic plannning
Recognizable Components: 
Team reflection, Plenary reflection
Recommended size of group: 
Optimal amount of time needed: 
one hour
Ideal Conditions: 
A group with some idea of how their organisation began
Potential Pitfalls: 
This may be a more reflective start to a sessiont han the group wishes
How is success evaluated: 
To waht degree is there creativity regarding the needs of the current times int he strategies developed during the session?
Type of Facilitator-Client Relationship: 
Nothing special
Level of Difficulty to Facilitate: 
Facilitation skills required
Facilitator Personality Fit: 
Comfortable with reflection
Setting and Materials: 
Better with participants facing one another in an informal, conversational form than around meeting tables
Resources Needed: 
Something (film, story, presentation, article, etc.) to review the beginning of the organisation
Pre-Work Required: 

1. After a story, film or presentation about the founding or early start-up of your organization, divide participants into teams of 5-7 people.

2. For each team, assign one of the persons involved in the beginning of the organization – this could include the founder him or herself, colleagues of the founder, competitors who sought to deal with the same issues in a different way, victims of the issues that your organization was founded to address and perhaps spokespersons for other organizations active at the time of founding.

3. Each team reflects on two questions:
What was this person’s perspective on what we were doing when this organisation began?
What would this person have to say to us today?

4. Teams report back their conversations and reflect:
What are points that struck you in this reporting?
What was encouraging for you? Uncomfortable?
How would you describe the times we are now in?
What should we take as priorities in our discussions today?

How flexible is the process?: 
Yes, very adaptable
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