SESSION TITLE: The Ends of CNVC
Convenor: Kit Miller
Recorder: Kit Miller
Others Present: Towe Widstrand, Rita Herzog, Neil Gibson, Miki Kashtan, Mary
McKenzie, Ike Lasater, Barbara Larson and I think that is all!
After checking in, agreed to use the time for reviewing and explaining the Carver model of governance adopted by the CNVC board last year and then to review the ends policies (similar to mission and vision statements) drafted by the board during its February 2001 board meeting.
A. Barbara Larson reviewed the model, which the board is using to shift its focus from being a "working board" with a focus on the day to day running of what is primarily a volunteer organization to being one with a greater focus on creating energy, focus and resources for CNVC's efforts to create world peace. Information about the Carver model is available on the Jossey-Bass publishing company website.
The Carver model is divided into four sections:
Executive Limitation Policies
Gary Baran, CNVC Executive Director, expressed his appreciation for the model, that even though he and the board are still in the early stages of integrating the model into the running of the organization, that it is meeting his needs for clarity and efficiency in particular about how to focus resources in the organization, but also for purpose and hope.
B. Discussed individual suggestions from the group regarding the Ends policies, which reads as follows:
"The global ends of CNVC are that a critical mass of people are using NVC to create internal, interpersonal and organizational peace, and CNVC achieves this end using its resources in a life-serving way.
This critical mass of people are using CNVC as a resource to develop and share the spiritual consciousness, personal competence and organizational skills required for all people to get their needs met and to resolve their conflicts peacefully.
A 'critical mass' produces demonstrable shifts in world culture towards the values of NVC and we use/suggest this is 1% (of world population).
There is a thriving, chaordic, life-serving network.
The people and organizations in the network are connecting with themselves and others in harmony with the process of NVC.
Structures necessary for the network to thrive are in place."
The group made the following suggestions for this document:
Use language that reflects intention and agreement.
Keep language about accountability; "function monitors structure"
Create another statement at the beginning of the ends that reflects that using NVC itself is a strategy for creating world peace.
Questions were raised about the use of the word skills, to use language that clearly states the intentions of using NVC, not just the language
Reference community building specifically as both a means and an end to world peace
Include language about diversity
Drop the word "their" in the last sentence of the first paragraph. Is saying "to get their needs met" and "to resolve their conflicts peacefully" redundant?
Suggestion to take this process of reviewing the ends on the road somehow, either with board members or having local coordinators review the ends with their groups.
Checked out and expressed needs met for clarity, connection, recognition and participation!