Strategic plan. Prepared by: Center for Community Organizing Banská Bystrica SLOVAKIA. What is the strategic planning process?.
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It is a realistic, detailed assessment of your organizations power and that of your organizing target. This process should lead your organization to one of the two following conclusions:
A. The organization is strong enough to take on the target directly and win.
B. The organization is not strong enough to win right now.
If your answer was B, your organization has two options:
How will the campaign:
What is the budget, including in-kind contributions, for this campaign?
A target is always a person. It is never an institution or elected body.
For each target, list the tactic that each constituent group can best use to make its power felt.
Tactics must be:
Action has a two-fold significance for citizens‘ organization. On the most simple level, the action is the focusing of organizational energy to effect certain results – police attention to neglected drug traffic, favorable insurance rates, building a branch bank in a neighborhood that needs and wants it.
More importantly, action fuels the organizing process. Action is to organization, what oxygen is to our bodies. Without action, the process is reduced to a sociology class or navel-gazing. Action is the womb of discovery - discovery of self, of values. In the actions new sides of current leaders emerge. New leaders come to the fore, talkers evaporate. And actions create reactions from opponents, which require flexible and factual decision-making by the collective leadership. Action enables the organization to grow, to deal with increasingly complex issues, to win more substantial victories, and thereby again increase its growth.
Director, Industrial Area Foundations
The most important part of the action is the reflection and evaluation afterward. Our organizations plan “actions” – public dramas, where masses of ordinary people collaboratively and collectively move on a particular issue with particular focus - which sometimes produce a reaction that is unanticipated. This reaction then produces the grist for the real teaching of politics and interpretation – how to appreciate the negotiations, the challenge, the argument, and the political conversation.
Supervisor, Industrial Area Foundation