What Would the Founders Say?

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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.
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1-10
11-25
26-50
Optimal amount of time needed: 
1 hour
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A story, presentation, reading or film about the beginnings of the organization, with emphasis on the issue/s, the competition, the social circumstances the organization was founded to confront.
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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 organization 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?

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Maureen Jenkins
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