Creating TiK’s Best Year Yet

At our monthly Open Meeting in January it was suggested we set our goals for the coming 12 months by answering questions from Jinny Ditzler’s book “Your Best Year Yet”.

Since we need time to update each other on TiK’s activities in the past month, we ended up creating our Best Year Yet over three meetings in January, February and March.

In January, we answered the first two questions: 1) What did we accomplish last year? and 2) What were our biggest disappointments?

Click on the links to see the full answers. Bottom lines: 1) We’re still here! and 2) There aren’t enough of us.

In February we looked at: 3) What did we learn? The answer might be summarised as “it’s all about people”. We also reviewed 4) What are our values? set out in Section 3 of  TiK’s Constitution.

In March there were six key questions left to complete: 5) Which areas do we want to work on? 6) Which should be our major focus? 7) What are our goals in each area? and 8) What are our Top Ten Goals?

To answer these questions we stuck flipcharts around the walls, one for each of the areas we want to work on. Of course the Food Group, GUCE, Market and the People Petal (i.e. Inner Transition) are continuing. To these we added Education and Enrolling. Since we don’t yet know enough to include KLCBS, we left this area out. So, six areas altogether.

Next, we added PostIt notes for the goals to achieve in each area. The Food Group, Market and GUCE had already set their goals, so we added their PostIts. Then we discussed the goals in other areas and added PostIts for those too.

Finally, everyone was given six “votes” in the form of stick-on stars to place on the goals they felt were the most important.

Afterwards, it was clear that our major focus should be on Enrolling, with the goal of “Recruit and retain”.

 

Tabulating and sorting the results revealed our Top Ten Goals:

Enrolling         – Recruit & retain
Food Group    – More volunteers
Market            – Broaden produce
People petal   – Encourage caring environment
Education       – Involve schools
GUCE               – Re-launch Transition Streets
People petal   – Welcome person
People petal   – Place people with the right skills in the right place
People petal   – Young people group
Enrolling         – Design campaign

We don’t have “Petals” for Enrolling and Education, so the next steps in those areas will be up to the Tiking Team. Each of the other “Petals” will need to decide on their own next steps.

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