10,000 Girl Scouts Weave Their Stories
Ten thousand Girl Scouts from around the world gathered at the 2008 Girl Scout National Convention. In addition to the traditional business conducted by elected delegates using Parliamentary Procedure, girl and adult members were invited to share their leadership stories and to engage in strategic conversations regarding the future of the Girl Scout Movement. Think Robert's Rules meets Conversations that Matter.
The StoryWeaving Initiative, described below, is an incubator for culture change. This change is powered by the passions of hundreds of volunteer Girl Scouts who support the initiative before, during and after the convention.
The StoryWeaving Team self-organized by using the principles and practices of Appreciative Inquiry, World Café and Open Space Technology to design and implement StoryWeaving.
Cultural change is a form of organizational transformation which involves changing the fundamental assumptions, values, norms, beliefs, and behaviors among members of the organization in order to improve organizational performance. In the Girl Scout transformation, culture change is interwoven into each aspect of the Core Business Strategy.
Throughout the convention, 14-18 year old girls captured video segments of members sharing their leadership stories.
Girl Scouts of all ages brought bits of fibers, yarns, strips of old camp t-shirts, weeds, leaves, bark, feathers and almost anything from nature to place within the fabric of the StoryLoom. They created gifts of friendship together and, as a result, a common call to action for the community of Girl Scouting.
Open Space: Sharing & Learning
800 members engaged in self-organized conversations to share successful council membership practices. The conversations helped to identify ways to bring the newly revitalized program to even more girls and ways to promote and expand the reach of Girl Scouting. A 242 page Book of Proceedings was produced and made available online.
Conversations That Matter
All members were invited to engage in conversations that matter most to them. From Opening Night through the final morning of the convention, four different methods were on tap to provid opportunities for members to discover, connect and take action.
Take It Forward
After the convention, StoryWeaving volunteers and Girl Scouts of the
By employing the stories and data collected at the convention, measuring the results of StoryWeaving, collecting more stories and embedding the outputs of the convention into the Core Business Strategy, the legacy of StoryWeaving promises to impact the Girl Scouts for years to come.
Christine Whitney Sanchez, a lifetime Girl Scout, led the StoryWeaving Initiative.