Facilitated Strategy Session

Help Tripod Ltd face their biggest challenges with a facilitated strategy session that gets the right people together to brainstorm and map out the path forward.
Tripod Ltd
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Tripod Ltd
Edinburgh, United Kingdom


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Posted July 22nd

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What We Need
  • Expert third party advice on process or managerial changes, geographic or programmatic expansion, potential pivots, or general strategic planning
  • Facilitation of an intensive, one-day strategic planning session with staff and/or Board
  • Note: If necessary, a follow-up strategic planning session may be scheduled
Additional Details

We'd love to speak to someone with experience of working in a social justice context and/or a flat structured organisation.
We're looking to have a team discussion on programming, capacity and strategy in the first half of August (provisionally ear-marked for 10 August but can be flexible).

What We Have In Place
  • We currently have a strategy document for 2020-23, which should make it easy for you to get started. We also have recent review documents of all our programmes, and the ability to provide any other information you need.
How This Will Help
This project will save us $4,465 , allowing us to dedicate more staff time to supporting grassroots groups with fewer resources (rather than doing paid work with funded organisations or focus on fundraising).

Currently we don't have sufficient capacity to run all of our programmes well. We have more ideas than we have capacity for and the need for our work always far outstrips what we are able to do.
This means we're constantly struggling with capacity issues and raises substantive strategy questions about how we can most effectively use our resources to meet our mission to support groups and movements fighting for social and ecological justice in Scotland.

Project Plan

Prep: Distribution of Prep Materials
  • Organization provides relevant background materials to make initial meeting more productive
Milestone 1: Background Call
  • Professional and Volunteer Manager in charge of the session engage in a 30-minute phone call
  • Goals of the call include answering any preliminary questions the Professional may have and agreeing upon the goals and structure of the Facilitated Planning Session
  • Professional sends any additional due diligence questions ahead of Facilitated Planning Session(s)
  • Professional distributes an outline or itinerary ahead of Facilitated Planning Session(s) (as necessary)
Milestone 2: Strategic Planning Session
  • Attendees include Professional, Organization Executive(s) and/or Board Member(s) involved in decision or strategic planning
  • If necessary, a follow-up session may be scheduled to address issues that may arise and require additional due diligence
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About The Org

Tripod Ltd
Posted by
Olga B.

Co-director & Trainer

Our Mission

Tripod supports movements for justice to align, connect and plan to win.

We build the power of social movements to tackle the root causes of injustice, create collaborative and healthy group cultures, develop strategic anti-oppressive alliances and organise for transformative change.

What We Do

Training - We offer hands-on training in strategic campaign planning, community organising, collaborative and anti-oppressive ways of working and direct action skills. We embed skill-sharing, coaching and capacity-building, so that movements are well-resourced with facilitation and training capacity. Our workshops and in-depth community organising programmes create rare spaces where organisers from across different movements can align, connect and plan to win.

Meeting facilitation - We facilitate transformative and disruptive processes to empower groups to make more strategic and sustainable decisions together, address power dynamics and work through challenges. We support groups to clarify their aims, align practice with values, develop powerful campaign strategies and transform their organisational systems and structures.

Crosspollination - By offering cross-movement spaces, we link people together, strengthen coalitions and cross-pollinate learning. We support groups and organisers to build connections with one another and develop the resources they need to be resilient and strategic in the face of shared challenges.

Consultation & Development - We support organisations to design engaging and participatory trainings which take more radical and systemic approaches to tackling the root causes of injustice. We also offer longer-term consultation to help groups develop their organisational structures and systems.

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