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June 16, 2009
June 16, 2009
So you want to plan a project…
With the expectations that work imposes on us, the limitations of money and time, and the dearth of accessibility, it can be difficult to find hobbies, interventions, and events that are true extensions of ourselves.
So, along with friends, cohorts, and folks that you think are interesting, PRODUCE YOUR OWNproject!
in my mind, it can be an event, a business venture, an art exhibit, volunteer work, a publication, or anything with a tangible end result. To get there, you can start with these simple questions:
1.What do you want to do?
Before we think of logos and letterhead, let’s ponder the substance of ‘the thing.’
What is the form – written, visual, spoken, heard? What is the delivery – in person, a publication, audio, video, online? Who do you want to be involved? Who do you want your audience to be?
Is it finite or ongoing? Active or responsive? Academic or creative? Informative or curious? Nourishing or debate-stimulating?
Ask yourself questions like this to determine the substance of your project – what will make it purposeful?
2.Who else is doing it?
Research organizations, professionals, businesses, volunteer groups, etc. that are doing what you want to do. Granted, it won’t be exact, but find the groups whose products, projects, work, etc. relates to what you want to do. Become familiar with them, as they may help to inspire what you do.
If you’d like to consider joining a project that you’ve researched, by all means, strengthen the work of a pre-existing entity! If not, follow on to step 3…
3.Who wants to join you? Assuming you’d like for this to be a collaboration of some sort, review your network and think of who would bring creativity, order, and resourcefulness to ‘the thing’. Consider their dedication, work ethic, social and professional networks, and geographic location. If all of these create a suitable match for a project partner, let them know what you’re thinking.
4.What do you want to accomplish? Begin with the end in mind. At the end of 3 months, 1 year, 5 years, etc. what do you want the end result to be? Would it be a measurable change in people’s perceptions, behaviors, and practices?Could it be a new product? Will it be tangible or conceptual? After your team decides on what you want to accomplish, then begin to articulate the steps to get there…