Note: Each committee page has
its own list of projects and associated action plans based on this theory of project
To accomplish the long-range goals listed in the LPB Mission
Statement, we must undertake a series of intermediate goals, or projects. The
Franklin Covey company is one of the most widely recognized and respected institutions in
the world for providing time-management instruction. Their project management class names
four broad steps for successfully accomplishing any project:
In their "TimeQuest" seminar, they use the "Productivity Pyramid"
concept to illustrate the logical structure of "doing right things right". We
will borrow that concept, expanding and altering it to suit our own unique agenda.
THE LPB PRODUCTIVITY PYRAMID
As you can see from the illustration, we begin with certain premises and work our way
logically through several necessary intermediate layers before arriving at the daily
tasks that will ultimately consummate our goals. Let us examine the layers,
starting with the foundation:
- NATURAL RIGHTS (Life, Liberty, Property):
We commence with basic ethical axioms on which Libertarians universally agree. These
axioms are that individual human beings have rights granted by nature (or God) to life,
liberty, and honestly acquired property.
- RECOGNITION OF NATURAL RIGHTS (Libertarian Party
Platform, Non-Aggression Principle): The national Libertarian Party (LP)
Platform provides detailed points for reducing government to its only proper role in
society, which is the protection of natural rights from infringement by others
(including the government). This is summed up best by the Libertarian Oath, which captures
the foundational concept of respect for self-ownership and is a requirement for
membership in the LP: "I do not believe in or advocate the initiation
of physical force to achieve any political or social goal."
- LPB MISSION STATEMENT:
This summarizes how best to achieve the LP platform locally.
- GOVERNING VALUES (Constitution,Standing
Rules, By-Laws, Roberts Rules of Order): Always believing in
self-responsibility, civility, and accountability, these internal standards have
been established to govern the officers, appointed chairs, and membership to assure just
and accountable behavior in line with Libertarian principles.
- ROLES: EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
(Elected Officers, Appointed Committee Chairs): The roles of the Executive
Committee (ExComm) members include the brainstorming generation of project ideas
to help the LPB fulfill its mission statement.
- PERHAPS LISTS: These are the results of
the brainstorming sessions of the ExComm.
- PROJECTS: These are the selections from
the Perhaps Lists that will be formally planned and implemented as projects.
- IMPLEMENTATION COMMITTEES: The various committees
formed at the inception of the LPB have been tasked to plan and implement the
projects named by the ExComm.
- INTERMEDIATE STEPS: The committee
assigned to execute a given project must write a detailed, step-by-step plan for
achieving the project's stated outcome.
- LPB GENERAL MEMBERSHIP: As a regular
part of the LPB monthly meeting agenda, a call for project volunteers is made.
Volunteers receive a copy of the detailed project plan and a target deadline for
completion of that project.
- SEMI-MONTHLY COMPASS: Part of the duties
of the ExComm include a regular follow-up with the project volunteers to offer guidance
and assistance to those volunteers, thus helping them to "stay the course".
- DAILY TASKS: The actual daily actions
taken by the general membership volunteers to achieve the projects. This is where
"the rubber meets the road".
- RESULTS: The end results of the actions
taken. Hopefully, these actual results match or exceed the originally
planned project results.
- EVALUATE: Did local respect for natural rights grow?
All of this activity is only worthwhile if, at the end, local respect of the
essential Libertarian axioms by government and the citizens increases.
If this seems like a lot, don't feel overwhelmed! Just
step back, take a deep breath, close your eyes, and get a clear picture of what you
want. Once you have done that, you can begin to ponder, consciously and
subconsciously, how you will transform that vision into reality.