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Aim of the toolTo generate a common goal, hope, encouragement and creative thinking and passion
When to use it?This tool can be best used at the start of the planning phase of an MSP

Visioning generates a common goal, hope, and encouragement; offers a possibility for fundamental change; gives people a sense of control; gives a group something to move toward; and generates creative thinking and passion.

With problem solving, a group can become mired in technical details and political problems and may even disagree on how to define the problem. Problem solving, although useful, rarely results in any really fundamental change.

A problem is something negative to move away from, whereas a vision is something positive to move toward.

In moving toward a vision, you will be likely to encounter a number of problems to solve.


Steps visioning group work

As a group you will formulate the vision as an answer to the question:  “What do we want to see in place 5-10 years from now in this MSP?”


Step1: Context

  • Imagine there will be a documentary team coming to your organization to show them the progress that has been made by all the stakeholders.
  • What will you show them?
  • What activities will they see?
  • What achievements have been made?
  • How do organizations collaborate?
  • What institutions, attitudes, paradigms have been changed? etc…
  • What are the livelihoods of the people?


Step 2: Brainstorm

Individually, on a piece of paper list the elements of your vision, the concrete things you see in the future, the things you dreamt about.

Do not yet talk to your neighbors.

As a pair agree on the 5 most important concrete elements of the vision and mark the two most important ones

Share your ideas in plenary!


Step 3: Grouping of ideas

Which ideas go together because they have the same intention, the same direction?


Step 4: Naming the vision elements

Give a short name to each of the groups of ideas, that will form our vision

What is the common direction, the key element of these ideas?

How can we name this element of the vision? 


Step 5: Reflect

How do these elements link to each other?

Are they all important or is there a hierarchy?

Could we come up with a one sentence vision, or could we keep these separate elements of the vision as they are?

Reflect: What are the strengths/weaknesses of the tool? Where can you apply it?