unaVision stands for the process of achieving regional development. It is the description of a process already years under way all over the world; it is a growing movement. This is no traditional project plan because a project is based on the SMART goal setting principle (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time-bound). As a counterpart to SMART, unaVision takes BRIGHTas its starting point.
We name it a project anyway because this is the accepted method of presenting a project in many social classes. You will, however, find no goals described in it, no planning or schedules and no hard results. But what is actually in it?
unaVision is based on a movement in society which has been visible for a long time. As with all movements, the question ‘why’ is asked. One of the basics of the movement is the motivation of people to contribute – very often for free – to a goal that in itself contributes to this one vision. This motivation is not (just) money but comes from a quite different background, for example compassion, altruism, religion, aversion to economic principles, worrying about the survival of the world and standing up to injustice.
unaVision can express itself in projects concerning sustainability, health care, nutrition, education, health, art, alternative money and facilities in the countryside. These projects are settled according to the SMART principle. Very often the “non-measurable” revenues are discarded. There are many examples of projects which didn’t achieve their goals but contributed to the quality of life. One example is a village garden project. In this project the mutual collaboration is more important than the yield of the village garden.
unaVision asks the participants to support the processes and works with the following key terms:
- Participatory leadership
- Long term orientation
- Sharing of knowledge and resources
- Support of projects and further assistance
- Participants take on responsibility for a greater whole (instead of asking ”What’s in it for me”?)
- Small scale (which can most certainly lead to a big movement)
The project is called “Building unaVision” and conveys the point that the vision is not set in stone. Each time an initiative starts participating, the why-question is asked again and can lead to new insights, growth and cooperation. The description above is a first approach and definitely not the final chord.
And money… you will find very little about it in this document because the emphasis is on the strength of the initiative.