“We are an infant organization with an overwhelming level of demands for our limited resources. The Alliance’s facilitation of our strategic planning process led to the development of clear, concise goals and objectives, which have brought focus to the allocation of our efforts.”
-Jeff Stephens, Consider Biking (Columbus, OH)
The Alliance for Biking & Walking offers assistance on a contract basis to advocacy organizations in creating a Whole System Strategic Plan. In 2009, Alliance staff worked with two organizations, including Consider Biking, to develop strategic plans as part of a pilot project. In 2010, the Alliance received a grant from New Belgium Brewing Company to increase our Strategic Planning offerings and offset the cost to Alliance member organizations. Through a competitive process, four organizations were chosen to receive this transformational opportunity in 2010: San Diego Bicycle Coalition, East Bay Bicycle Coalition, Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition and the Bicycle Alliance of Washington.
Due to the success of the program, the Alliance is now accepting applications for two additional member organizations to receive assistance creating a Whole System Strategic Plan in 2011. The Alliance will accept inquiry applications through Monday, January 31, 2011 from interested organizations. Thanks to the generous support of New Belgium Brewing Company, all costs for this contract will be covered (an estimated $5,000 value), except for the travel costs of Alliance staff.
As a bicycle or pedestrian advocacy group, your organization interacts with a variety of stakeholders and interest groups. The success of your organization depends on understanding and addressing your stakeholders’ needs. The Whole System Strategic Planning approach creates an opportunity for your organization’s stakeholders to come together to establish a shared, clear, and compelling multi-year vision. The process helps participants craft a set of short-term and long-term actions to achieve their goals. The results include increased buy-in from the stakeholders, clearly defined and prioritized actions for moving forward, and energized commitment to the organization’s future.
Whole System Strategic Planning offers a new approach to the process of creating a strategic plan for your organization. As opposed to the traditional, top-down method of strategic planning, the Whole System approach brings together staff, board, members, and other stakeholders to create a comprehensive and inclusive plan that addresses the needs and concerns of all parties.
Based on the principles of Whole Scale Change®, developed by Kathleen Dannemiller and Dannemiller Tyson Associates, the Whole System Strategic Planning Process offers several advantages to our organizations:
Guiding our strategic planning with Alliance organizations are the theories of Whole System Transformation and the DVF Model. Using this theoretical background, the Alliance helps organizations implement initiatives that are successful and appealing to its stakeholders. In turn, stakeholders who have participated in designing the transformation have a personal stake in the success of the organization, seek long-term solutions to problem-solving, and have a deeper level of involvement with the organization’s strategic transformation, mission, and goals.
The selection process for this opportunity is administered in three phases: inquiry, interview, and contracting.
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