new strategic directions emerge from inclusive engagement and an historic Summit
SOLID partners designed and facilitated the 2005 Sierra Summit, the first large-scale gathering of its members and leaders in the organization's 123-year history. But it wasn't just a gathering. "It was like democracy broke out," according to one member. SOLID designed a total engagement process that included timed, self-guided small group sessions, volunteer facilitator training, step-by-step process guides, materials and reporting mechanisms to garner mass member input leading up to the historic Summit. The Sierra Summit process drew participation from thousands of members in chapters and groups across the country, culminating in gathering of nearly 1,000 delegates in San Francisco, which SOLID also designed and facilitated. The Sierra Club emerged from this transformational process with a new strategic vision based on "building a new energy future" that shifted the Club's priorities, gave members, clubs and groups shared purpose and focused the efforts of leadership.