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Planning with People First!



Any kind of planning process should start with people.

First of all, there are three different kinds of planning to my thinking.

1. Crisis planning- to rescue or fix something.


2. Outcomes planning - to talk about how much money you're going to make, how

many people you're going to serve, how many things you're going to make.


3. People-centered planning used in PATHS and MAPS

Development of people.

Focus on people that present

Betterment of the community at large


So let's take a look at this more deeply.

Why start with people?


First of all, when you start with people the group of people describes what the desired future is going to look like. What do we want to see people

or the focus people doing?

Second we look at the possible opportunities in the community, in your life, in your home, in your job, in your hobbies, maybe in your church of ways that you can use your talents and things that you want to do the future.


We also look at what are the gifts, talents, knowledge and passions of the people that are there in the room. What gifts do they bring to the community? What gifts can they bring to work towards these possible opportunities?


Then we look at a list of possible actions that can be taken and we want to list three to five of those possible actions.


And finally, we identify what is the first step that you're going to take in the next 48 hours to a week that's going to lead you into these actions.


Which is going to lead into how you're using your gifts, talents, knowledge

and passions in the community to meet those possible opportunities you defined.


Ultimately, the group is going to be working towards the future that they described.


So that's a snapshot of why we start with people with planning when we do MAPS and PATHS. For more information contact me about partnering to create a MAP or PATH for you or your organization.

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