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As of February 2022
This overview provides a starting point for the LFI process. We believe the process is as important as the final result. To that end, the facilitator will strive to make this an equitable, transparent, and inclusive collaboration. If you’d prefer, you can download this Leap Futures Initiative Overview.
We’re currently in discussions and expect to have the facilitator selected and underway soon. However, it’s important to note that the Morino Ventures support and funding for this process are contingent on these criteria:
We see at least three phases for this initial work. To get this effort underway, the facilitator will start by spending time in a Learning and Design Phase with the Leap support team to learn about the community and reach out to the 100+ ambassadors who have already expressed interest in the community’s future. Then an Organizing and Defining Phase will ensure that all ambassadors have a voice and the opportunity to participate in reaching agreement on how to lead and make decisions for advancing the community. With the decision-making process agreed upon, a Planning and Operationalizing Phase will define a minimum viable plan for operating the community. While the full community will be engaged, the core of the work will most likely be done through a subset of ambassadors who have vested stakes in the community, want to see the community continue, and are able to contribute time to this effort.
With these results achieved in 2022, you and your fellow ambassadors will have the remainder of 2022 and all of 2023 to consider and act on the range of options, while the Leap support team keeps the LAC running through 2023.
If a critical mass of ambassadors decides to take this planning effort in a different direction, that’s fine—but they would do so at their own expense. I would still honor my commitment to fund the Leap support team through 2023—and the Morino Institute would continue to hold the community’s assets on behalf of the Leap Community for transfer of the brand and assets when the new entity has the support of a supermajority of the community.
Because of all you’ve done, the Leap Community can be a model for others to emulate at the very time people are seeking better ways to work in a blended, or fully virtual, mode of operation. We hope this becomes a great example of community members coming together in an equitable and inclusive collaboration to transparently define and take ownership of their community’s future.