Insight Unlimited

Non-profit, Community, and Grassroots Consulting


Setting Direction: Strategic Planning and Change Initiatives

"Vision without action is a dream. Action without vision is simply passing the time. Action with Vision is making a positive difference."
—Joel Barker, after a Japanese proverb


Sometimes your organization is in the flow, sometimes you’re not. You face major distractions – dealing with day-to-day operations, putting out fires, getting stuck in the past when things have changed. How do you stay more focused on mission fulfillment? You plan strategically. Strategic planning connects your organization’s daily tasks to your mission of improving the world around you. Strategic planning allows you to choose what direction your organization needs to go, in light of the constraints you currently face. Insight Unlimited helps you find that direction.

Insight Unlimited’s direction-setting services can enable you to:

  • Envision your organization’s future.
  • Clarify your mission.
  • Create a clear strategic plan – one that you will really use.
  • Adapt to internal and external change.
  • Create a fund development strategy.
  • Organize a Future Search conference.

Case Study: Teen Pregnancy Prevention Organization

A teen pregnancy prevention organization wanted to have more input from youth into its programming. Alice Leibowitz of Insight Unlimited had the idea to start a peer education program, planned by youth for youth. The organization hired two high school sophomores through a 6-week summer youth employment program to design a new peer education program. Alice led them through a systematic strategic planning process, integrating research and their own perspectives to create an innovative, culturally appropriate peer education program, which was later funded and implemented with youth peer educators. The program was a great success due to its natural appeal to urban youth, and the two planners went on to take on other leadership roles in their community.

"I can’t count the number of times we’ve done strategic planning and you leave feeling depressed because everything you come up with is so pie-in-the sky. Today, I’m leaving feeling energized because the goals we set are things we can really do, but that we hadn’t thought of before."
—Board member, Connecticut After School Network, after a 5-hour strategic planning session with Insight Unlimited

Create a plan that will really work for your organization. Call Insight Unlimited at (860) 956-9299 or e-mail .