Where there is no vision, the people perish – King James version.
The Barrie Amateur Radio Club is one of the few clubs that I know of that is experimenting with creating a five year plan of acton based on a vision the members articulated to create a better future for the club.
It is a very ambitious action plan and one which likely scares the heck out of people with little understanding of the power of vision and self determination. They behave like some emerging societies (China comes to mind) where social tranquility is more highly valued than personal freedom and creative choice.
People who fear change are easily identified as they will be the most negative and intransigent. For them everything will be drawn out in negative and individualistic terms often culminating in personal attacks on those they see threatening the old established ways of doing things. This is both understandable and inevitable and additionally very sad.
I bet the Barrie club has one or more people who are feeling very threatened right now by the bold steps being implemented around them. A wise and caring club executive will do all they can to support these people and help to quell their fears and keep them engaged in the process.
Other Canadian clubs and club presidents might look at the Barrie ARC’s website to see what is happening with this very progressive club. It really is quite a great leap forward and best of all, it is being implemented and supported by the baseline membership and isn’t the result of some grand plan drawn up by some “special advisor” who is responsible to no one but themselves.
Change can’t be dictated. It can’t be imposed. It must rise from the grassroots in order to thrive. Left in the hands of experts, it becomes distorted and even counterproductive. I’ve seen some grand schemes drawn up by experts that look like they should work on paper but to the amazement of the authors are never picked up by the rank and file.
The experts will whine about the members not accepting their responsibility to act but it’s not that at all. What it comes down to is the rank and file never were consulted in the first place and nobody bothered to ask them for their input so when it came time to implement nothing happened.
Change must include everyone. There is a great difference between spokespeople saying something to the effect that our national organization represents every ham in Canada and taking actions that actually do represent every ham in Canada.
This is a problem we have right now in Canada. RAC represents a dwindling number of ageing Amateur Radio operators. It is doing little to grow the hobby among young people and nothing of significance to bridging old slights of the past and reaching out the vast number of hams in Quebec. Our relations with Industry Canada and all levels of government are virtually non-existent (as evidenced in Ontario by Bill 118) and need immediate attention.
I know all this may seem overly vague but what it comes down to is this: The Barrie club really has something positive to offer the entire Canadian Amateur Radio community. Our national organization should sit-up and take note and any attempts to derail or defeat this process should be actively resisted.
Our national organization should follow the Barrie example and engage the power of the overall membership and stop appointing special advisors of dubious qualifications and purpose.
We should be setting goals to grow the Amateur Radio population in Canada. We should be actively engaging Industry Canada and government in matters that directly affect our future to operate our Amateur Radio equipment. We should find people who aren’t threatened by new ideas and ways of doing things and embrace and enfold them in a cooperative vision and plan for every current and future ham radio operator in Canada.
BTW contrary to some delusional propaganda spouted by some who clearly don’t have the best interest of Amateur Radio at heart, all comments to this blog are posted whether they agree with my statements or not.
What I don’t post are comments which are libellous, defamatory or unnecessarily abusive or divisive. (I also don’t post comments about Viagra, who to send money to in Nigeria and offers to meet pretty girls from the Ukraine.)
And I don’t have to post anything. This is my blog. If you don’t agree with my comments start your own blog. It’s about “manning up” (or womaning up but somehow that doesn’t sound right even if it’s appropriate in your case) and coming forward and speaking your mind in public.
Anything else done behind the scenes is just so Grade 3 IMHO.