I’ve been asked to run a planning session for Nourishing Newcastle. They are a great group who are looking at promoting local sustainable food production. Strategic planning can be challenging as I think we often try to do more than we can in the time we have.
I think we created a good process for the four hours we have for this planning. In planning the session we had some discussion about whether or not to start with discussion about what the problem is. As you can imagine, I wasn’t keen to start there. I felt it was more important to start with where they are wanting to go rather than what the problem is. It seems to me that we could have got into a long discussion about what the main problems were and really it wasn’t going to help us move forward in the time we have.
Instead we are going to start with their vision so there is agreement about where they are heading. We will then consider what assets they can draw on by consider the 6 types of assets (as identified through asset-based community development):
- Talents, skills and passions of individuals
- Community groups and networks
- Government and non-government agencies
- Physical assets (e,g, land, property, buildings, equipment)
- Economic Assets (traditional and diverse)
- Stories, heritage and local identity / values
Once they have thought about where they are going and their current resources, we will spend some time thinking about strategies to move forward and, if we have some time, use open space to explore some of the strategies in more depth.
It will be a big morning, but hopefully it will be useful and interesting.