This is the first of several posts of the next few weeks that provide information about the new community meetings. Each one will cover a few FAQs. These will all eventually be posted on the new Website.
Why are we changing?
The traditional meeting model has not been successful at Chicago ISPI for years. The community meeting model gives our members more control and allows them, with our help, to create meetings that better suit their needs.
This transition will take place in stages. In the First Stage (also called The Launch), Chicago ISPI will host four meetings to demonstrate the community meeting model, hone the process, and identify members interested in helping with the second stage. One goal is to identify members willing to help us with the Second Stage.
In the Second Stage, Chicago ISPI will identify geographically defined regional communities. The communities will be led by the members, with assistance from Chicago ISPI. Chicago ISPI will provide detailed materials and guidance. Once the communities are formed, Chicago ISPI members (also called contributors) may attend meetings in any community.
While Chicago ISPI will provide a structure and format, the contributors will determine the focus of meetings, suggest changes to the process, determine the date and time, and much more.
In the Third Stage, each community may make changes that best meet its members needs so that the community remains vibrant and continually transforms to meet contributor needs. Additional communities may arise based on practice areas rather than geographical ones.
Just as an instructional designer would conduct a pilot of a new training course, we are conducting a pilot of this concept. We call this the Launch and it consists of four meetings held March 25th through June 18th at DePaul’s O’Hare Campus. Chicago ISPI will obtain detailed feedback, hone the process, educate you about the process, and hopefully bring excitement back to Chicago ISPI meetings. Because each meeting builds on the prior one and the feedback is for the process, Chicago ISPI hopes that our members will want to attend all four launch meetings.One of the goals of the Launch is to find members who want to assist in the creation of a regional meeting in their geographical area. Once the Launch is completed, we will work with those who are interested to help form regional meetings.
Do I Have to Attend All of the Meetings?
We want as many members as can to attend all four meetings. We also realize that not everyone will be able to attend all of them. We encourage you to sign up for however you are able to participate. We have created multiple registration types, allowing you to sign up as best fits your schedule.
What About the Cost?
Chicago ISPI is only charging for the cost of food and beverage at the Launch meetings. If you would like to attend and find the cost prohibitive, please contact Jerry, our Association Manager, at email@example.com. We do not want cost to prevent your attendance.