Forty IFUW members took up the survival challenge during a four-day strategic planning process in Geneva.
The outcomes from Thursday morning underlined the urgency with which the organization needs to change in order to be effective.
It came clear that IFUW needs to focus its PURPOSE and activities and that its members are its biggest asset. It is also a fact, that membership is declining while the number of potential members is increasing. Many graduate women have never heard of IFUW and even existing members are unaware of the work that is happening within the organisation. There is therefore an urgent need to increase external VISIBILITY and to improve internal COMMUNICATION. Also, not surprisingly, IFUW activities are compromised by a lack of FUNDING.
“Life must be understood backwards. ..But it must be lived forwards…” (Kierkegaard)
To start planning for the Strategic Plan, Thursday afternoon, was spent brainstorming and drawing Vision Trees.
Vision = the world as you would like it to be (being ambitious)
Mission = the role of your organization in realizing your vision
Values = principles on which IFUW works; principles for interaction with others
We produced six different Vision Trees. Tell us about yours. What would be your vision, mission and principles for IFUW?
(Nina Joyce and Rae Duff)