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Proposal Details

Proposal ID689
PresenterSteering Committee
Floor ManagerDarryl Moch
Discussion11/06/2012 - 11/18/2012
Voting11/19/2012 - 11/25/2012
Presens Quorum32 0.6666
Consens Quorum34 A Majority of Yes and No Votes


The Green Party needs a strategic plan to help us succeed. You can't get
what you want, if you don't know what you want. A good strategic plan helps
an organization define itself, both to its own members and to the outside
world; leads to better decision making because proposed activities, budgets,
etc. can be evaluated based on how well they advance defined goals; and
gives the organization a framework to evaluate the success of activities
that have been undertaken.

The following proposal allows for all members of the Green Party to
participate in the process of developing and implementing the plan, while
identifying a smaller group of members, chosen both for their expertise and
interest in strategic planning, and as a group that represents the diversity
of Party members, to guide the process. This ad-hoc committee will be
charged with collecting input, and with preparing the strategic plan.

Note that the Green Party of the United States has no power to control the
activities of state or local parties, or Green individuals. This plan will
be focused on what GPUS can and should do as a national organization,
providing leadership, support and guidance to our member state parties and
individuals, and opportunities for cooperation among them. The early phases
of the plan will focus on what we can do now to advance our goals with the
resources at hand.


Section I. Formation of an ad-hoc strategy committee.

This ad-hoc committee will be charged with delivering a final strategic plan
to the Steering Committee and the National Committee for approval. Members
should be able to commit to spend 5-10 hours per month, at minimum, over
approximately six months, attending meetings and carrying out specific tasks
on this project.

The committee will shepherd the plan through three phases: A) Information
Gathering, B) Plan Development and Approval, C) Plan Implementation.

The committee will consist of up to eleven members. Members of the National
Committee, committee chairs, staff, state party leaders, and Green elected
officials who have interest and/or expertise in strategic planning are
invited to apply for the committee. At least one seat on the committee will
be reserved for a staff member.

The Steering Committee will choose the membership and endeavor to create a
good balance according to the following criteria (not all members must meet
all criteria):

- Geographic diversity, including members from different regions,
urban, and rural settings
- Gender, racial, ethnic and age diversity
- Campaign experience, including running for office and/or serving
as elected officials
- Green Party leadership experience on the local, state, and/or
national level
- Other leadership, management, and/or strategic planning experience
- Demonstrated ability to work well with others on a team

The committee may also choose up to five advisors, who will not have voting
privileges on the committee, and may be brought in for their expertise on
specific parts of the process.

Section II. Process and Final Products.
The committee will produce the following:

1. A National Shared Vision Survey. It will develop and administer a survey
on strategic issues to Green Party members around the country. Results will
be released to the National Committee for discussion. State parties will be
encouraged to hold discussions among their members, and send feedback to the
committee, as well.

The committee will also gather relevant information about how other Green
Parties and political parties are organized, and how they have responded to
various situations comparable to those we encounter.

2 A National Strategic Plan. The plan should include: A mission/vision
statement; an analysis of the Green Party's strengths and weaknesses, as
well as how the external situation impacts us; goals and objectives; and an
implementation plan.

As sections of the plan are undertaken, information will be released for
discussion and input, and adjustments may be made based on feedback.

The entire plan will then be put to discussion and a vote by the National

3. Implementation Plan. The committee will also recommend committees, staff,
and/or individuals who should play a role in the implementation of various
initiatives in the plan, and attempt to determine the willingness and
ability of individuals to take on those roles. The plan in future years
may include the addition of specific staff roles, as well as specific
fundraising goals and plans to support such staff expansion.
  Committee Selection Final: Dec. 15, 2012
  First Meeting: Shortly after Jan. 1, 2013
  Shared Vision Survey Delivered By: March 4, 2013
  Survey Feedback Complete By: March 18, 2013
  Draft Strategic Plan Delivered By: April 29, 2013
  Final Strategic Plan Delivered By: June 10, 2013
  Implementation Plan Draft Delivered By: July 1, 2013
  To be discussed and fleshed out at Annual National Meeting.




See 2005 Shared Vision Survey results:

Contact: Karen Young

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