This is our new normal in many aspects of our personal and organizational lives. So how is our 134-year old organization that embraces tradition more easily than change going to survive during this COVID year ahead? And if the pandemic continues into 2022, will we find ourselves in a default position of too late to do anything different for survival?
I believe the answer is not by pacing in a standby position of hoping to return to the way things were in our past glory days of sizeable international membership. Although we are a decentralized organization from the local Circle level and the state/province Branch level to the International level, it may be time for us to set priorities together at all organizational levels for the next two years. From my perspective, the entire organization’s priority needs to be keeping our current members actively connected during this pandemic time with limited ability for in-person meetings and events. To connect and unite our members for survival, I believe we must catch up by purchasing readily available and accessible computer systems and digital communication tools.
Scientists tell us a computer can work 10 million times faster than the human brain, and if we only have one-and-a-half paid staff member brains working for us, we need to equip our staff with up to date technology and software system support. As our membership dwindles and grays, our volunteers need a technological system and digital communication support for work they can’t do anymore. Will we be able to compete for members and donation dollars with those nonprofits already using up-to-date technology tools to support their mission?
As it is certain that 2020 and 2021 hold uncertainty, what priority goals do you think IOKDS needs as part of our strategy not only to look forward but also to survive and support our mission?