Energy and ideas came together beautifully for the OUT for Sustainability Winter 2016 Board Retreat. It was a brilliant weekend consisting of bonding and productivity in Portland, Oregon. Here are a few highlights.
The weekend started off with our first OUT4S Salon meet and greet in the “City of Roses.” Portland’s Q Center hosted our intimate event where we mixed and mingled in an all ages environment, with a closing circle to share with the full group of community members our motivation in sustainability as LGBTQ people. Often moving and occasionally funny, there is definitely energy in Portland for future action!
Saturdays are typically big days at our retreats, with eight+ hours of content; the main moment of our strategy and planning. This winter we focused on how to use the tools built out in the past year including: contribution system, grant writing, budget process, CRM (Salesforce), committee charters, volunteer onboarding, etc. These internal systems have ramped up our capacity for change like never before.
After a rousing morning of budget process review and CRM needs mapping, we transitioned to part two of our Theory of Change, a process which began last summer. Here we crystallized our approach to long term goals and reevaluated short term goals (hint: we’re on track!). Key pieces of our long term goals include:
- LGBTQ issues are part of sustainability issues, with links to social justice
- Celebrate LGBTQ participation in sustainability
- Reduce LGBTQ vulnerability to Climate Change
These and many more specific goals, like intergenerational inclusivity, publishing platform for intersectional thinking and LGBTQ rights becoming a metric in sustainability, inspired us as we continued into concrete planning for programming in 2016, especially looking at Fab Planet Summit 2016.
Our biennial Fab Planet Summit will be in San Francisco, California this year June 3-5, with most of the content on June 4th. It’s our biggest initiative yet! For our six panels, we came up with nearly 20 session ideas ranging from ‘Climate Justice in the age of LGBTQ’ to ‘Intentional Q-mmunity’ to ‘LGBTQ and Communities of Color’. We invite you to add your voice to this planning, and suggest panelists to lead these sessions guided by a key principle that all attendees have space to actively contribute to the dialogue.
To add your voice, please go to this very short survey
Other programming targets include even more Earth Gays and Salons in regions around the country (click here to learn more about getting involved), content series exploring our values in greater depth and a strategic partnership program (as a means of broader engagement).
We’re excited for 2016, and appreciate your dedication to this vision of a Fabulous Planet. Thank you for supporting our work to mobilize the LGBTQ community for environmental and social action!