Step 6: Harvest the easy wins

As mentioned earlier, taking on easy goals to start with – allowing your committee to become accustomed to work together, figure out the roles and the ‘culture’ of the organisation – builds confidence and momentum as a change process happens. These wins should be communicated regularly and demonstrate a success of the change process, reinforce the success of the committee, and help foster motivation, a sense of achievement and belonging to the movement.

For example:

  • The committee has managed to install the first raised garden bed for a parish community garden. A celebratory afternoon tea is held for the occasion, with committee members feeling appreciated and motivated to continue the next six planned beds, and local community members – inspired by this first ‘win’ – have committed to a fundraising drive to offset the cost of construction materials.