122nd World Board meeting

On Friday 2 October WAGGGS went live with an online broadcast from the 122nd World Board meeting for the first time, to update our Members on the discussions and decisions of their elected Board. We have also proudly announced the name of the 5th World Centre, Kusafiri!

122nd World Board Meetiong_Group_PhotoThe World Board is committed to communicating as soon and comprehensively as possible on their discussions and decisions.  We hope you were able to follow some of our deliberations via WAGGGS Twitter account and below are some highlights of the week: 

 

Welcome and update session from the Chair and Chief Executive

  • We have listened to what Members have told us through your really valuable responses to the annual membership survey and other consultations
  • We want to respond to this, strengthening WAGGGS’ relevance, and being confident to embrace change and become more agile
  • Looking ahead, the focus is on growth through offering value to our Members and supporting volunteers and staff to feel engaged and valued
  • We see 2016 as a year of transition, as we orient ourselves towards delivering on these priorities, whilst still supporting and delivering the things that Members really value.

 

Leading change

  • The World Board talks about change – it only succeeds if the entire organisation is behind it, strong leadership is crucial.
  • We need to change to stay relevant
  • A Movement moves; there should be constant change and learning
  • We want to continue being as inspirational and radical as the Crystal Palace’s girls in 1909 
  • Organisational values and behaviours are the foundation of change and there was high energy as WAGGGS Board discussed organisational cultural values and being one global team


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Membership services

  • WAGGGS is excited to be engaging and collaborating with our MOs to understand how we can deliver value to support high quality GG/GS and membership growth.
  • We have really worked hard to provide as many opportunities as possible for our MOs to tell us what’s important to them in these areas, what they value from WAGGGS and what we can strengthen to better service you.   What has been really clear is that you want a customised approach to how we work together, rather than one size fits all
  • The World Board is exploring new ways of work and models for delivering services to respond to feedback from MOs, for example connecting MOs in a global hub harnessing their strengths and knowledge so they can learn and share with others.
  • And we also heard from you feedback on specific services that we could do differently, so we are doing a service review and have looked at the leadership offer and the international experience.  

 

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Membership growth

  • Outcome 1 in our global strategic plan sets us on a path to reach 12million Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in 154 countries by 2020.
  • To achieve this, we need to do things differently and WAGGGS will better support this ambition by establishing a rapid response team to take advantage of opportunities to set up Guiding and Scouting in new countries 
  • We must also remove organisational barriers to growth and support to MOs to grow, which includes looking at how to take a more flexible approach to federations
  •  An integral component to growth is of course that the GGGS experience is strong and attractive.  And this is really what Global Strategic Outcome 4 is about, the girl experience.  And Outcome 5 is a key enabler for this, focusing on how we strengthen the organisational and leadership capacity of WAGGGS and our MOs 

 

Global engagement

  • The Board is very pleased to announce that we have made a commitment to engage with the very newly agreed Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs.  The great success of our current GAT, together we can change our world, on the Millennium Development Goals demonstrates the impact we can and do have on the lives of girls and their communities.  Over the next few months, we will be talking more with you about how we can best support you to engage with the SDGs, to deliver great programme, connect your members to a significant international experience, to drive publicity, partnerships and ultimately growth. 
  • One of the greatest barriers to growth is awareness of Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting and its benefits.  So we are working at a global level on brand initiatives and looking at how we can support you with this at a national level as well.  Already we have done three brand workshops are engaging an agency to take this piece of work forward
  • One of the practical and immediate ways we can support this work is through our approach to public relations, which we’re calling ‘Leading the conversations’
  • And of course we have just launched our new website, which we hope you love, and will continue to develop our digital platforms as one method to connect and drive visibility


Kusafiri_foot_300.pngFifth World Centre named!

Whilst the week gave us clarity around our strategic priorities and a sense of purpose, it is also important to not lose sight of the here and now and to celebrate what really matters.  And the best example of this was the announcement of the Fifth World Centre name – Kusafiri.  It means going on a journey in Swahili, which is the perfect analogy for WAGGGS right now.  Although not without its technical difficulties, the live online broadcast to announce the new name was an amazing demonstration of the global Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting experience.  We crossed to all the other World Centres who welcomed Kusafiri into the World Centre family and people joined us from around the world, from Hong Kong, to Greece, Costa Rica to New Zealand and most places in between! Thank you for your ongoing commitment to our World Centres and the life changing international experience they provide to Girl Guides, Girl Scouts and volunteers. 


Live broadcast


122nd World Board Meeting_Update to Member Organisations_Live broadcastOn the 2 October, during a live broadcast, the board delivered a summary statement of the week and we have compiled an outline of the presentation from the Board members and some of your questions. Unfortunately we were experiencing technical difficulties for which we are very sorry about but we thank for your patience and understanding and we are looking forward to doing it bigger and better next time!

 


Chair of the World Board Nicola Grinstead  

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"Welcome friends around the world to this live update from the World Board to you, our Member Organisations and volunteers.  This is the first time we have done this and we hope it demonstrates our reinvigorated commitment to engaging with our MOs and connecting our global movement so we can work better together to achieve our ambitious plans.

This week has very much been about moving us from business as usual so that we can  deliver the seismic shift we all agreed we wanted at the World Conference.  We must do things differently, we must do them bigger, we must do them faster.

We have agreed an unequivocal focus on growth - not just for growths sake but so that more girls can have the life changing experience of being a GGGS.  And of course this means looking at how we, as a global volunteer Movement, can best recruit and develop volunteers.

To do this we must better support our MOs and connect you to each other as well as WAGGGS. We have listed to what you have told us through your really valuable responses to the Membership survey and other consultations and one of the things that has come through so clearly is that one of your greatest barriers to growth is awareness of GGGS and its benefits.  So we are working at a global level on brand and visibility initiatives and looking at how we can support you with this at a national level as well. 

We see 2016 as a year of transition, as we orient ourselves towards delivering on these priorities, whilst still supporting and delivering the things that our MOs really value. Practically, what this means is some significant changes in what we focus on and how we do things.  Ana Maria Mideros, our Board member from Peru, Haifa Ourir from Tunisia and Nadine Kaze from Burundi will take us through some of the details of this, thank you Ana Maria".


Ana Maria Mideros (Peru)  - World Board

"Outcome 1 in our global strategic plan sets us on a path to reach 12million Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in 154 countries by 2020.  To achieve this, we need to do things differently and WAGGGS will better support this ambition by establishing a rapid response team to take advantage of opportunities to set up Guiding in new countries. 

An integral component to growth is of course that the Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting experience is strong and attractive.  And this is really what Global Strategic Outcome 4 is about, the girl experience.  And Outcome 5 is a key enabler for this, focusing on how we strengthen the organisational and leadership capacity of WAGGGS and our MOs.

We have really worked hard to provide as many opportunities as possible for our MOs to tell us what’s important to them in these areas, what they value from WAGGGS and what we can strengthen to better service you.   What has been really clear is that you want a customised approach to how we work together, rather than one size fits all and that you want WAGGGS to play a role to better connect the global Movement, so provide opportunities for MOs to connect, share best practice and support one another in different ways.  An example of how we are looking to do this is the delivery of the Membership growth roundtable in November, to bring together MOs on a topic important to them and share ideas about how to address the issue of growing their membership.  And we also heard from you feedback on specific services that we could do differently, so we are doing a service review and have looked at the leadership offer and the international experience".  - Ana Maria Mideros (delivered in Spanish) 


Haifa Ourir (Tunisia) - World Board

"To support growth and to deliver a consistently amazing experience for girls and young women, the World Board has set up a working group to look at what we call Global Engagement, which focuses on brand, communication, advocacy and  partnerships. 

Outcome 2 calls on us to strengthen the visibility and profile of GGGS and certainly you have told us this as an area that will really support you to drive growth in your own countries.  So we are investing in a review of our brand and in being better at external relations, both at a global level and supporting MOs to build this capacity at a national level.  And of course we have just launched our new website, which we hope you love, and will continue to develop our digital platforms as one method to connect and drive visibility.

The Board is also very pleased to announce that we have made a commitment to engage with the very newly agreed Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs. The great success of our current GAT, together we can change our world, on the Millennium Development Goals demonstrates the impact we can and do have on the lives of girls and their communities.  Over the next few months, we will be talking more with you about how we can best support you to engage with the SDGs, to deliver great programme, connect your members to a significant international experience, to drive publicity, partnerships and ultimately growth." - Haifa Ourir (delivered in Arabic)


Nadine Kaze (Burundi) - World Board

"And last but certainly not least is Outcome 6 in the global strategic plan, which is all about funding our ambitions in a more sustainable way.  Our focus in 2016 will be to re-launch the Global Girls Fund, which will be a key vehicle to help us engage with individual donors to complement our strong base of corporate partnerships. 

Regional conferences next year are already looking so exciting, as we bring many of these developments to their next stage and take the opportunity of being with our Members to continue this journey together.  And between now and then our commitment is to continue to listen, to connect with you more and to start to do things differently, right now, so this triennium delivers the change we need". - Nadine Kaze (delivered in French)


Questions (From Twitter, YouTube chat and email)

  1. How do you imagine WAGGGS in 10 years time?
  2. Are we going to reach our growth targets? What are we really doing differently to be able to deliver this step change? What countries are we working with as new members? 
  3. Can you tell us a bit about what MOs have fed back to WAGGGS? What is it that they do value and what can we expect to be different from WAGGGS? 
  4. How is WAGGGS planning to influence the next stage of the global goals?



2015_World Board_Portrait_Group Shot Nicola's conclusions 

"Thank you so much everyone for being with us today and I believe this is just the beginning of closer engagement between the World Board and our MOs as we model innovative ways of connecting our global Movement to be even stronger and more impactful.  

Your commitment to our values and to girls and young women is so evident and I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your tireless contributions, for your commitment to WAGGGS and for the everyday way you delight your own members. Our earnest desire is to help you continue to do this.

We haven’t of course been able to get to all your questions today, which is just another sign of your and our excitement at progress we are making.  We will absolutely make sure that we do answer all your questions, and this will be part of a full progress report from the World Board on how we are tracking against the 2015 - 2017 global strategic plan that we all committed to at the World Conference."

For any questions about the work of the World Board or to contact a World Board member, please contact governance@wagggs.org


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Thank you to everyone who took part in the broadcast made the event happen. We had people watching from Brazil, Mexico, Hong Kong, UK, US, Greece, Luxembourg, Costa Rica, India, Switzerland, Australia and New Zealand! 

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