You're invited to shape the future of Chayn!
You get to tell us what we should do through strategy co-design workshops.
We want your input on Chayn’s new strategy; a lantern meant to guide our work and priorities for the next three years, 2022-2025.
We’re calling on policy experts, researchers, campaigners, designers, user researchers, non-profits, including frontline and grassroots movements, to have their say on the strategy work we’ve done thus far. In true Chayn spirit, we’ve been documenting this process here.
Chayn was founded eight years ago by CEO Hera Hussain, but until recently, we’ve been a volunteer-led initiative with very limited resources. Now, with a growing staff team and big ambitions, it's vital that we create a formal, documented organisation-wide strategy - and we want your help!
Through three consultation workshops in November, we want external input to provide us with feedback, test our assumptions, fill in gaps and develop the ideas for our new strategy. Join us to experience strategy co-design, contribute to Chayn’s development, as well as network and learn from peers in the sector. The workshops will be participatory and interactive, and all will be held online.
Join us for any of the following three workshops:
Workshop for policy experts, researchers, and campaigners - Tuesday 2nd November
2:00 - 3:30pm GMT/ 7:00 - 8.30 pm PKT/ 10:00 - 11:30 am EDT/ 8:00 - 9:30 am MDT/ 7:00 - 9:30 am PDT
Workshop for designers and user researchers - Thursday 4th November
3:00 - 4:30 pm GMT/ 8:00 - 9:30 pm PKT/ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm EDT/ 9:00 - 10:30 am MDT/ 8:00 - 9:30 am PDT
Workshop for non-profits, including frontline and grassroots movements - Wednesday 10th November
3:00 - 4:30 pm GMT/ 8:00 - 9:30 pm PKT/ 10:00 - 11:30 am EST/ 8:00 - 9:30 am MST/ 7:00 - 8:30 am PST
Workshop for funders — Two options
11th November, 16th November: 3:00–4:30 pm GMT/ 8:00–9:30 pm PKT/ 10:00–11:30am EST/ 9:00–10:30 am MDT/ 8:00–9:30 am PDT
During these workshops, we hope to have meaningful, nuanced and joyful conversations around what Chayn is and can be. We want Chayn to be a responsible and impactful organization for the entire ecosystem. Thus, the workshops are both a learning experience for us, as well as the industry, in what it means to co-create a “lived in'' strategy. We’re excited to see partners, stakeholders, funders and supporters who have always taken an interest in Chayn, as well as new faces from the ecosystem who’d like to contribute. Chayn has always been open, transparent and reflective, and with our strategy creation, we will stick to these values.
For many months now, we’ve been working on developing narratives with our community — including staff, trustees, and volunteers past and present. In the workshops, we will be sharing these narratives, which are essentially documents focusing on our vision, leadership, community, movement building, impact measurement and financial plans. We’re especially hoping for feedback on areas where we have less institutional knowledge and experiences, such as fundraising, governance and impact measurement.
To RSVP, please email Naomi on email@example.com and let us know which workshop you would like to attend. We’d also be happy to do anything to make the workshop accessible and comfortable for you. If you are unable to attend but want to contribute, please also let us know; we will be sharing a strategy draft for comment after the workshops.
Preparation instructions and an agenda will be sent to all participants ahead of the workshops. If you have any questions, shoot us an email. Looking forward to seeing you there! And keep reading the Chayn newsletter for updates on what we’ve been up to during this cycle!
p.s. don’t forget to share this newsletter with anyone who should be part of our strategy co-design!