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It’s interesting that you have real life experience with the mission -> vision thinking framework. I’m curious, did you feel that having these simple mission statements for each stakeholder lead to a better functioning project than if you had one complicated mission -> vision statement for the whole thing?
I was trying to apply this thinking to my capstone project. It’s fairly easy to articulate a simple outcome for my project: convince 100 homeowners in Boulder to install a heat pump system in their homes. However, it’s more difficult to come up with the simple steps to get us there. Is it as simple as motivate, educate, convert? Or does there need to be a mechanism in place to remove financial burdens for the homeowner? How much time do we need to spend developing our market? Maybe I just need to spend more time thinking about my mission. Anyway, I would love to hear more about your road project and if you thought developing simple vision statements helped it run better.

John Bratton

Jen- you guys were like "grout," helping to hold the thing together. I know it isn't a glamorous image, but grout is good! It is interesting, as well, that you look at a collaborational mission... not just one that is for a given organization, but one that encompasses more than one organization.

Really, in part, our MENV program mission might be "more grout!" In other words, the interdisciplinary nature of what we're doing sort of calls out for us to attempt bind disparate endeavors together in service of a larger goal.

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