Mission Vision Values
A group of BwoB community members (Tina, Ibrahim, Vik and myself) drafted a Mission Vision Values document as part of our efforts to formalize the structure of Biotech Without Borders in anticipation of our reopening. I am opening this thread to complete the process of finalizing this document.
What Sorts of Questions/Comments Am I Soliciting?
This document is an extension of our mission outlined in our articles of incorporation. I am interested learning what people take away from the document and places where the language might not be clear. Please open a comment and leave your thoughts! Ideally this document will be a philosophical stepping stone to developing the other documents that govern our organization.
v0.1 to v0.2: Continuing to Collect Comments and Looking for Outside Opinions
We have had a month in Questions and Comments on the v0.1 Google doc which was very helpful in stimulating an open discussion. Thank-you to all who participated (Chirag, Frank, Yuriy and Julia). However, the intention was to follow the Consent Process and I realized that the round format is important to maximize the diversity of Comments and Questions received. Hopefully Loomio will help with facilitating that. So I am opening it up to comments and questions first to those who have not previosuly commented.
Poll Created Thu 15 Apr 2021 5:08AM
Approve the Mission Vision Values Closed Sat 24 Apr 2021 11:04PM
We got a bunch of consents which is great. It's clear that some are also confused about what a valid Objection is (Vik explicitly stated this in his response, thank-you for raising this concern). I don't expect people to grasp this concept right away (I do not claim to have perfect knowledge of these principles and the effects they have on a group either) and I appreciate any constructive comments that people leave, but outside of the process they can be difficult to take action on.
All things said and done. This is our first Consent Process action completed! Now we have a version 1 of the Mission Vision Values statement and I look forward to using it as an important document from which we can make future explicit objections.
The board of directors will accept this document as one of it's first actions once we finalize some other organizational documents. However for the purposes of interacting with the community this should help direct the types of initiatives BwoB is positioned to pursue.
I will leave this thread open because if in the future we want to revisit this document, discussion around those revisions can be had here. If someone wants to propose the new version we can follow the Consent Process once again, however it will likely not be a priority until we have more of the organization running. A key part of allowing community/members to impact the organization's documents will be formalized in an amendment to the bylaws.
I amended the document using the input I gathered from the comments and questions (Thank you for all your participation in all it's forms). The new version is attached. This part of the process is the part where you can object to the document and drive specific revisions. Please see this graphic as to what constitutes a valid objection. In short it should be: explicit, impersonal, evidenced and not "safe to fail". More details on the help page describing the Integration/Objections phase of the Consent Process.
I recognize there is some tautology at play here because this is the document for which future proposals will be asked to be explicit about. This time am leaning on everybody's ideas of what BwB could be as a source to initially anchor this high level articulation of purpose to a snapshot of who we are today.
The other criteria for a valid objection are also useful.
If you have more explicit suggestions for changes you can put them here in the google doc version.
|Results||Option||% of points||Voters|
|Undecided||0%||7||N HI EJ|
5 of 12 people have voted (41%)
Thu 15 Apr 2021 5:09AM
looks ok. on a side note - still no clue what a valid objection is supposed to be - safe to fail as a buzzword is not clear.
I think it the mission/vision/values could be made more concise and cleaned up a bit. The last sentence of the mission statement is more a list of services offered than a mission. For diversity/inclusivity, should we say community we serve, or communities?
Overall, I think it's good enough to approve and move on to objectives/strategies/actions/etc.