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Vision creation workshop for the Sclerosis Multiplex Budapest Association

We held a Vision creation workshop for members of the Sclerosis Multiplex Budapest Association in late March. It was an exciting and gratifying challenge that also enriched us. Participants were highly motivated and constructive; they actively took part in the process, and created an imaginative and rich vision for the Association by the end of the day.
Below you can read two personal accounts of the event, and view a few snapshots.

This has been a new experience for us, we have never done anything like this, but there is a first time for everything. We asked Concordia Organization and Management Development Co. Ltd. to prepare, manage and administer the program, since they have immense experience and great recommendations in this field.

We used this first occasion to draw up the vision for the Association. Our trainers came up with an interactive, thought provoking program. There have been many viable suggestions and ideas regarding fundraising events, organising programs, community life, and events that enhance the quality of life for our members. We had some great, spirited teamwork, we shared and discussed questions, and drew up a list of ideas that could be used in the future, making this a highly fruitful and memorable day.

Funds for the workshop were provided by the National Cooperation Fund, assisted by a generous discount provided by Concordia.

 

Ms Zsuzsanna Gáspár, president

Sclerosis Multiplex Budapest Association

 

Future is Cool

The Future is not something fixed where we just arrive; instead we shape it for ourselves.

Zsuzsa Gáspár, president of the Sclerosis Multiplex Budapest Association has invited an organisation development company and asked them to help the association with their efforts. That is how I got involved in creating a vision. That was a bold venture for me, as my personal vision is nothing more than a blurred blob; something opaque that changes and shifts rather frequently. On the other hand I have never been afraid to manage things or people, even if unsolicited. So when the Sclerosis Multiplex Budapest Association invited me to their organisation development and vision creation program, organised by the experts of Concordia Organization and Management Development Co. Ltd., I figured I would attend and share all my ideas.

I am a democrat at heart who loves to hear the opinion of others; and to think and work together with others. Yet it does not sound like an easy task to manage an entire organisation, to make sense of a bundle of unbridled thoughts, or to formulate and realise objectives. All it takes is a little bit of organisation skills and thinking. The organisation development brainstorming session lasted about six hours, and my brains quit right about the end of the workshop. Little wonder, though, as there was a storm of thoughts coming in, and the constant flux of ideas does wear you down after a while.

So, what exactly is organisation development good for?

It helps you create a vision. In order to do that you invariably need to know where you are at now. Not geographically, of course (although that is one way to imagine it), but as regards the current situation of the Association. The endless brainstorming came second, and then finally we discussed what we needed to do to realise these ideas and objectives. The only reason I am not spoiling the fun by telling you exactly what exercises we did is that it would be too lengthy to do that. Suffice it to say that the development work also included the approach championed by psychologists and self-awareness tests, i.e. that you should write about your future in present tense. We organised our objectives in four main categories, establishing what the organisation wants to (I mean, what it will) achieve within a year. We need to develop the items within these four categories:

  1. Financials (securing resources)
  2. Event organisation (organising external events for members)
  3. Community life within the Association
  4. Opportunities to improve our quality of life

You find out a lot at meetings like this; not only about the Association but also about its members. About desires and ideas, their joys and sorrows, their plans; what they lack, and what they think. In other words it was great to be part of the vision planning process for the Association. Even if my brain was fried by the end of the session.

The coaches chairing the workshop (Mr. Sándor Pataki and Mr. Tamás Benedek Szilágyi) were kind, outgoing, helpful and thorough; the event was entertaining, informal and good-spirited. There were about 15 SM members actively participating in the program.

 Vanda Nikodém

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