Getting People Onboard with the Big Vision

Once you’ve decided on a local project, it’s time to get people on board with your big vision. You’ll need to paint a compelling picture that excites you, excites them and includes them.  Make sure you paint a picture that shows how everyone you meet fits into the picture, whether as makers, donors, advisers, organizers, finders of objects, volunteers, cheerleaders, or future visitors. Ensure that everyone involved on the project from every level of the organization understands the big vision and can share it with others.

How can you devise a plan that is open and accepting of the community’s riches and ideas while also staying true to your mission and vision? Start with developing a framework with a scaffolded strategy, or a bubble diagram of your project to organize the layered parts and pieces. Determine who can help with what, how they can help, when their help is needed, and what materials you need to make it happen. If you haven’t worked collaboratively with your community in project development, you’ll want to start with a smaller, achievable project. With success under your belt, you can move on to something larger and more complex. It can be any or all parts of your project that you take on with a local approach. It’s good to have a stretch goal in mind though, to push you out of your comfort zone. Remember that with a community collaboration approach, you don’t have to have everything worked out in advance, because the process will help yield the final results.

Most importantly, articulate the big ideas, the process for getting there, and the excitement and passion for the process of involving the community.  This is just as important as the end product.

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