On Tuesday, September 22, 2015, the staff of Social Transformation Project (STP) met with the STP Network Support consultant team to kick-off an eight-week planning process for how STP could support and challenge the network in strategizing and working together more powerfully and effectively for greater impact in 2016 and beyond.
Goals, Agenda, & Working Agreements
Our goals for the kickoff were to get clear on the roadmap, understand and experience the experimentation process, add color and context to the STP story, and get to know each other! We had three ground rules for our work together: Take care of yourself. The Gift of Time, and Open by Default. Our agenda was spacious: We started the morning immersed in story, spent the afternoon learning about the experimentation process, and wrapped up the day with an overview of the Phase 0 goals and roadmap.
Our Names, Our Journeys
In the room that day were: Edie Irons, Eden Kidane, Eugene Eric Kim, Alison Lin, Idelisse Malavé, Jodie Tonita, Amy Wu, and Leila Talore, joining us from Colorado via Skype. Eugene opened up the morning for us by asking us to sharing the stories of our own names and must-know facts about each other. Amy wrote about the exercise in her blog post, “Fun Is Our Middle Name.“
After introductions, Jodie grounded us in her telling of the STP story, and framed up the purpose and vision of our work together going forward.
Then Amy led the group through a shared storytelling activity that began with our individual experiences. Each participant reflected on the high and low points of her journey to this point, illustrating these moments on index cards that we would use to help us share our stories.
With everyone’s cards on the big board, the group worked hands-on to find patterns and themes and lift up the throughline.
After a delicious lunch coordinated by Eden, Alison explained experimentation and led the team through one design cycle. The process generated many ideas, which we mined for insights to get clearer on what the group wanted to try. It was challenging AND fun!
We decided to look for different ways to do our work so that we would feel more connected and engaged, and selected Eden’s Big Picture, Little Picture proposal to change up team meetings to allow for Big Picture conversation that will lend perspective on our little picture tasks and help us feel more connected.
Eugene wrapped up the day with an overview of the project goals and roadmap. Our schedule is aggressive, we have our work cut out for us, but we’re stoked!