Hey you made it to meeting time! Congratulations. That means you have a pretty good idea of what the environment looks like and have a basic set of goals to jump off on. This first meeting is going to be about getting people on board, signed up for a committee and ready to work. We covered a basic agenda for this first meeting, and I put a template up in Resources, but here’s the outline:
II. Ice Breaker
IV. Proposed Committees – Committee Sign Ups
V. Next Meeting
VI. Open Discussion
So you have your quest and a general idea of who you need on board to be successful. Now it’s time to put some more meat on those bones and get ready to go public and get to work. Before you launch, however, it’s important to have idea about what you’re walking in to and what it will take to win. We talked about SWOT analyses and how to identify your team’s Strengths and Weaknesses, and the Opportunities and Threats your strategy will work with or around.
For this episode we talked about how to identify people who will be essential to a successful effort, and how to get them involved. We also talked about what it takes to be a good organizer, and how to put those principles into play.
I’ve uploaded a template, as well, to help you work through finding the right folks
Additionally, we went over the very basics of Asset Based Community Development, particularly the 4 Hs, Hands, Head, Heart and Human. Hands are anything you can do with them from building a house to playing instruments and writing. Head is anything you can do with your noggin. Strategic thinking, stories, information, etc. Heart is your passions. What you care about. And Human is your relationships including work, family and friends.
Finally, I’ve launched a forum for us to use, if you’d like, or feel free to email me any questions.