After almost 11 months of dialogue among board, staff, grassroots leaders, donors and other supporters of the Peace Alliance and Student Peace Alliance, we are very excited to share with you this draft two-and-a-half-year Strategic Plan. Our bold request is that over the course of the next two weeks you will join us in a process of dialogue and engagement to help inform the final version of the plan, and to help us align as an organization and team around our overarching goals moving forward.
This plan as written thus far, is a distillation of our network discussion and best thinking. The goal with the document is to end up with something that is both bold and focused enough for you to do your own local yearly planning, and coordinate nationally so that our actions can have the biggest impact possible.
We on staff believe that the finalized plan WILL LAUNCH an unstoppable movement in both the public and private sectors -- building more sustainable peace among people, communities, and ultimately in the federal government. The finalized plan will reduce violence now and build the necessary systems and infrastructure for a more peaceful world for decades to come. We hope this plan expands positively on the successful work we've already done, and brings us to another level of effectiveness -- exciting each other and hopefully many new people to get involved in our work.
Much of this draft strategic plan has already been seen or heard by many of you, starting at our March conference in Washington D.C., followed by conversations on conference calls and in one-on-one dialogues. Some of the content in this current version has simply been refined since, some of it updated more significantly -- like the legislative strategy section that suggests a more multi-faceted strategic approach to the Department of Peace itself. There is also a new "Community Peacebuilding" section.
This dialogue around the plan is one of the most important conversations that we as an organization will have. It is our first ever collaboratively designed long-term plan. Please take the time to read it, discuss it with your friends and local partners and engage in a dialogue with us about it (details are below on specifically how we are asking you to engage in the discussion).
We want to know specifically:
What excites you about it?
What concerns do you have?
What could be made better?
What are ways you want to implement it personally and with your local teams?
We'll do our very best to generate a plan that fits the values and vision that our network holds, and make it a plan to which you feel connection, pride and inspiration. We will remain open to the process and what emerges from the dialogue, allowing that to deeply inform the final plan. We will report back the key themes that emerged from the dialogue process, both in terms of the plan itself, as well as what worked and what could be improved about the process of engagement in the future. We will schedule a conference call in September to discuss what we learned.
Thank you for being a partner in this great work to move our country toward a culture of peace and nonviolence. Ultimately we hold a vision of a structural change in our federal government, one that will champion peace initiatives above all else and bend the course of history of the United States toward a more sustainable, nonviolent society. We deeply appreciate your partnership.
Additional Comments on the Plan:
We feel like each component of the plan has the ability to move the whole forward in a powerful way. We will support all of our grassroots organizers work for that which inspires; that which is the best, most effective strategy for your community and to engage your Congressional Representatives and Senators. What will have the biggest impact? As always, your local team will decide for itself what to focus on, whether directly in the plan or not.
Please keep in mind as you read it, that parts of the plan will roll out only as far as we have the financial resources to boost our staff. For half a million dollars a year we could do the basics, but for one million per year we could do all of it well. That is really not so much money when we think of what this could mean.
We look forward to the conversation.
The Peace Alliance Staff