Visioning Community Outcomes

Process: 13

  1. Create a Focus Question such as 'What do we want to see in our community in 3 to 5 years?'

  2. Each participant brainstorms individually and silently for 5 to 10 minutes the specific elements that he/she sees in the community, and chooses his/her best 3 to 5 ideas.

  3. Share in pairs or groups (3 to 5 people) to eliminate duplication; but honour diversity.

  4. Transfer the ideas to cards using one specific idea per card, 2 to 6 words, and bold big letters.

  5. Gather cards from groups in a round robin method (one per group at a time) in response to the following categories, and post on a wall or spread out on the floor.

    • most important to achieve

    • most difficult to achieve

    • easiest to achieve

    • most different than others already up

    • one that you want up

  6. Gather 15 to 20 cards and then start clustering in pairs.

  7. Synthesize the cards on wall into clusters. Look for common ideas that speak to the focus question. Cluster in pairs initially. Cluster ideas that will allow similar action or speak to a similar element.

  8. Mark the clusters with symbols.

  9. For remaining cards that the groups may have, have groups mark them with symbols.

  10. Collect and place these cards under the cluster.

  11. Collect cards that groups cannot mark themselves and have group decide on the cluster.

  12. Name the clusters- suggest a method
    (i.e. descriptive adjective, noun; verb noun; phrase)

Result: 5 to 10 statements or phrases describing what the community will have or look like

Read the vision header cards

  • What stands out for you?

  • What do you like? What excites you in the vision?

  • What are the strengths of the vision?

  • What are the challenges of the vision?

  • What would be different for our community/organization if we accomplished these things?

  • What do we need to do to move towards this vision?

13 Adapted from Facilitated Planning Manual. Institute of Cultural Affairs (ICA). Toronto Ontario.

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