Multiplying value to other agenciesAug 19th, 2011 | By Justin Long | | Print This Post |
My posting over these next few days to the blog may be a little more erratic, as I am presently in Dallas for a series of organizational team meetings.
I am with Mission to Unreached Peoples. We are a mission (agency? Society? Good question) that hs been around for about twenty years or so. I am relatively new, having transitioned in about a year ago. My role is the Information and Team Mobilization strategist.
MUP has gone through and is going through a series of massive changes, which I think are healthy and good but not easy. I won’t go into all of those in this post, but suffice it to say we have gone through immense and deep change. One of the new teams, that I am on, is the Bridge Team.
MUPs mission is two fold. I wrote a paper some time back called “What will it take” in which I said we needed 43,000 teams to adequately engage the unreached. (the paper is in resources… Ours for sale on the menu above. I can’t easily link things when writing from my iPad). MUPs board said it would take on 1% of this need: 430 teams. (one reason I wanted to join them).
So that is MUPs 1A goal. It’s 1B goal, however, is to contribute to the mobilization of the rest of the teams. We know we cannot do the job on our own. We have to do it with others,
The bridge team is, in part, a way for us to intentionally do that (at least, as I understand our role… Which is one reason for these meetings). Another reason for the bridge team is to be a resource within MUP which helps each of our field teams to better interact with other teams from other agencies in each region… To help each team do the 1b goal better as well.
Swarmish organizations have to be first about vision and second about community. The vision has to come first, but I believe community has to be prioritized over collaboration. So I am constantly looking for people who share the bridge team heart, but are in other organizations. People who say its not all about our org. We want to be intentional about helping others. About lifting other orgs up, even, over ourselves.
I have found three such people already in the past year. Might you, dear reader, be the fourth?