The Intention to Action Workshop Revisit

Welcome to 2017!

Happy New Year! There’s no sugarcoating it — no matter where you fall on the political spectrum, 2017 is sure to be a tumultuous year. Our environment will be threatened, the rights of our brothers and sisters will be challenged, and hope for peace and prosperity will be tested.

Yet the roots of the political divisions, environmental degradation, economic crises, and inequality we’ve become acutely aware of in the last few months have long been creating a world — a reality — in which 21,000 people die every day from extreme poverty. How we all respond to this right now matters more than ever; as a FeelGood movement, we have to leverage this cultural turning point to mobilize stronger, more transformative actions; bolder commitments; and earth-shattering compassion.

That’s a lot to hold! But the good news is we know in our hearts that a more beautiful world is possible, that all life is interconnected, and that every single action we take, every deli we run, every person we awaken, has a massive and profound ripple effect on our community and the entire world. Take heart in the fact that our movement is completely capable of changing the course of history the minute we all get off the sidelines and get on the court taking action!

The Intention to Action Workshop Revisit is your leadership team’s opportunity to reflect on the last term, talk about what worked and what didn’t work, and revise your chapter’s fundraising and recruitment strategies. This process is such an essential part of starting the year that we require all chapters to complete it before the third week of classes.

To complete your IAW Revisit, you need the following:

  • Your whole leadership team
  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Internet access
  • At least one computer

Let’s get started!

Another year of unleashing the human

Step 1: Gratitude

To start out, let’s read this note from FeelGood World:

Dear fearless leaders,

At FeelGood, we always start with gratitude. Thank you ALL for the incredible work you have put into your grilled cheese deli enterprises–and countless other fundraisers and advocacy campaigns–in the last 4 months! By the end of this month, we hope to have invested nearly $40,000 in the work of the Commitment 2030 Fund. If you haven’t already seen it, please watch as a team the video to the right that includes FeelGood staff (past and present) and our Commitment 2030 Fund partner org representatives wishing you the best in your endeavors for the coming year.

Every action in the world can either be motivated by fear or love. There’s a reason we call you all fearless leaders–because you respond to the world’s most pressing needs with boundless love!

Peace, love, & cheese,
FeelGood World

Step 2: Personal Check-In

Before we revisit our IAW, let’s take a moment to check in personally with one another. We can go around the room sharing responses to the following questions:

  • What is one reason you are excited to be a leader this term?
  • In what ways does your involvement with FeelGood align with who you want to be in the world?
  • What, if any, trepidations do you have about the coming term?

Step 3: Re-visioning Our Commitments

Now for the bulk of the IAW Revisit process:

Part 1: Let’s find our chapter worksheets by clicking on the link below and selecting our college or university. Once there, we will begin with the tab titled “Spring Fundraising Strategy” and follow the instructions. This section is where we will make a clear vision for reaching our fundraising goals.

Part 2: Then we’ll continue on to the tab titled “Spring Recruitment Strategy” and follow the instructions there. After all, recruiting new members to our chapter is crucial to having the people-power to reach our other goals and to ensuring the long-run success of our chapter.

Access my chapter's worksheets

Step 4: Set Team Agreements

Creating agreements for how we will relate to and work with each other is essential to building a strong and effective team. In addition to that, our completion of this section along with the rest of the IAW Revisit will help us earn the “Order of Strategic Changemakers” badge on Cheese World, which unlocks 2 full scholarships to this year’s Big Cheese for our chapter!

To complete the team agreements, we’ll review the PowerPoint presentation below and use it to guide us through the Agreements exercise.

Download PPT

Note: To support you in facilitating this Lab, check out the Notes section of each slide. To access the notes, download the presentation and select “Notes Page” from the view menu.

Step 5: Get Those Cheese Points!

Ok, we’re done! To get our Cheese Points for completing the IAW Revisit, our chapter president must complete the Cheese World action titled “Submit IAW Revisit Results.”

Also, let’s be sure to log the Cheese World action for completing our “Team Agreements.” By completing the Team Agreements, IAW Revisit, and position orientation actions, our chapter will unlock a Cheese World badge entitled “The Order of Strategic Changemakers” which will earn us 2 full scholarships to the Big Cheese this summer (a $700 value!)

Additional Optional Activities:
Now that our worksheets are complete, let’s consider the following optional activities designed to strengthen our team’s cohesiveness and commitment.

  • Roles & Responsibilities Activity. Recommended especially for new leadership teams or teams looking for a clearer understanding of their collective and individual roles and responsibilities.
  • Position Orientations. If you’re new to your leadership position or haven’t completed this yet, make sure to do so so that your chapter can earn your 2 Big Cheese Scholarships!

Got Questions? Need Help?

  • Changemaker Ignitor. Contact your Changemaker Ignitor for 1-1 support.
  • Facebook Group. Post questions or ideas to get feedback from other chapters and alumni from the movement!