With HUMAN resources, we are much richer

With thanks to Rituu for the invitation to all Constellation members to share experiences on fundraising! The request reminded me of an 'old' story that I shared during the International Knowledge Festival in India. I am sharing below as I think it is still relevant in the Constellation today!
The Constellation is made up of communities from all over the world. The Constellation’s Support Team is stimulating and connecting those stars.

Up to the end of 2011 this team, consisting of five people, had its base in an office in Chang Mai, Thailand. We were doing our work with a lot of joy and satisfaction. But unfortunately in 2011, for various reasons, we were facing severe financial problems. We couldn't pay the team that was working on a daily basis for several months.

Our board asked if we wanted to scale down, working with only one manager. This would allow the rest of us to find other sources of income. So we sat together with the team to discuss this. We decided that this was not an option. On the contrary, we all committed to go an extra mile. We would apply the Community Life Competence process to ourselves.

What followed were conversations with Constellation friends and members around the world. We were very transparent about the challenge. Constellation communities and members looked again at the Constellation's dream. With input coming from many communities, we were able to describe our dream for 2050. We knew where we wanted to be. And we did the Self Assessment to find out where we were.

We drew on our own resources in the Constellation to address our challenge. We asked Constellation members what they wanted to contribute to the dream. Many raised their hands. I can translate key materials; I can connect to new partners; I can help with proposal writing; we can organise a Global Learning Festival; we can contribute with financial donations.

Our work plan for 2012 was based on that. We were stimulating and connecting local responses. By that time the work was being done not by a small team, but by over 40 people spread across the globe. Each of us contributes our time and talents from within our possibilities.

This ownership has paid off. Very quickly financial resources came back and, little by little, we came back to a much-needed healthy financial situation. We were able to pay modest fees to those who are contributing. At the same time, our reach into the world has spread and strengthened

With HUMAN resources you are much richer. When we make sure that members of the community relate to the dream and are given opportunities to contribute, the response will come.

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Comment by Paul LOKOTO ONYUMBE on December 18, 2014 at 3:34pm

Bon jour Malou avez vous reçu mon Mail du 17/12/2014? merci bon travail

Comment by Loli Rey on November 21, 2014 at 7:02pm

Thanks Marlou to share this story. I came to the Constellation in this difficult time and I have seen how gradually the financial situation improved, thanks to the effort of everyone of us all.  Today we have a delicate situation and we continue to work with illusion, interest and a lot of joy to overcome this setback. I know that our efforts will have their reward.

I am agree with you, with Human resources we are much richer!!!

Comment by Joke D´haese on November 20, 2014 at 5:17pm

Hi Marlou, 

Thanks for sharing this story! Also the lesson you formulated from it is very clear. I think it is also exceptional that the team at that time accepted to continue doing the same work without the regular fee. As this to me seems the most challenging part of such a situation and I'm not sure all teams are ready to do that, can you tell a bit more on what inspired them to make that 'offer'? 

Cheers, Joke 

Comment by Paul LOKOTO ONYUMBE on November 18, 2014 at 2:49pm

il s'agit de quoi ?

Comment by Paul LOKOTO ONYUMBE on November 18, 2014 at 2:47pm

wot probleme ?

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