BOOKBRIDGE’s Vision 2020 Set

Supported by Heike Rudolf v. Rohr (center), the BOOKBRIDGE core team developped a vision until 2020
Supported by Heike Rudolf v. Rohr (center), the BOOKBRIDGE core team set a vision until 2020

A diverse team with visionary ideas in a great setting! You may sum up our 2015 Leadership Week with these simple words. Following our 2014 BridgeBuilder Summit, the core team of BOOKBRIDGE met in the Swiss Alps to grow together as a team and develop the Vision 2020 for our learning centers and Capability Program.

A lot has happened since the BridgeBuilder Summit. Out of the 16 goals developed in our workshops, 10 have already been achieved. The remaining goals were very much linked to how we see our learning centers and Capability Program develop in the future – reason enough for us to meet before the next BridgeBuilder Summit and work on our roadmap.

Sokhan Khut, Country Manager for Cambodia, during one of the workshops
Sokhan Khut, Country Manager for Cambodia, during one of the workshops

January 25, 2015. Amar, Sokhan and Rasheed, our newly elected President of the Board, flew into Zurich, coming from Mongolia, Cambodia and Malaysia. Together with Lisa, Emilie and Carsten, they drove to beautiful Riein, a place in the Surselva region where people do not speak German, French, Italian or English – but Romantsch. Barbara, our board member, handed us over the key to her house which we from then onwards called our home.

Half of the week was purely dedicated to growing together as a team. For the team building process, we were able to win our Leadership Coach Heike to assist us. Heike helped us to understand better our strengths and weaknesses in the team. A lot of hard issues ranging from roles and responsibilities to best practices in virtual collaboration were discussed.

Enjoying the hike in the snow: Abdullah Rasheed, President of BOOKBRIDGE Foundation
Enjoying the hike in the snow: Abdullah Rasheed, President of BOOKBRIDGE Foundation

The other half of the week allowed us to develop a picture on where we see our learning centers and Capability Program by 2020. We brainstormed a lot of ideas, among them a few crazy ones as well. Everything is still under development but we are happy to give you a glimpse on our key mantras for both areas. For the learning centers, the key mantra for the next five years is quality. We aim at improving the quality of our educational offerings to improve the life chances of young adults. For the Capability Program, we aim at shaping the next generation of leaders in Asia as well. We want to implement the program in Mongolia and Cambodia, thereby creating a Family of Change Makers around the world.

On January 31, we left Riein with a laughing and tearing eye. Laughing because we had so much fun and really enjoyed the great atmosphere in the house as well as the results of our workshops. Tearing because we had to leave such a beautiful place. A big THANK YOU to Barbara for letting her house be ours as well as to Heike for building bridges within our team. Without them, this Leadership Week would not have been possible.

As a FollowUp, we are currently summarizing the results for our Board Meeting on April 10, 2015. And we plan to share the outcomes with all BridgeBuilders as well. Stay tuned for news!

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