Just released, the new Collington Strategic Plan Development Phase Launches Document illustrates what a big moment this is. I am not going to summarize — just read it.
But it does seem worth it to note a few points of particular interest to residents, and friends in our broader communities.
The Breadth of Topics
The eight topics, together with their co-chairs, are:
Range of input sought
We really welcome input, not only from residents, but also from anyone,really. This includes family members, friends of residents, staff. I think it is fair to say that we are also particularly interested in visions and ideas from the broader senior community, including but not limited to Kendal. What would you like us to test? What are the new ideas that have not yet been shown to be practicable? What would make you want to live here? What is the greatest strength on which we should be building?
I think it is fair to encourage input to any of those listed above, as well as those on the overall Strategic Planning Committee, listed in full in the document linked to above.
Speakers and Educational Programs
The Committee very much welcomes suggestions for speakers and presentations that will inform and empower our process, as well as help the unity (generally defined) process move forward.
Process and Meeting Management Issues
Not only will this be an opportunity to talk about our culture, and how we talk to each other and make decisions, it is also a time to test and model more inclusive approaches. So the experience, and maybe educational programs, will help us improve the community in the long term, way beyond the specific product of a plan and its implementation.
Our consultant, Lizann Peyton, and indeed all our leadership, are being wonderful in this process.
I hope this post does justice to the wonderful document. If not, and indeed more generally, please add to the discussion through online comments or other communications.