In Stage 2 of the P=ENTS community builder's journey, known as Mission, the Scholar progresses from theoretical knowledge to practical application. This stage marks the beginning of their mission as a community builder, where they actively engage with a community and apply the P=ENTS methodology in a real world context for the first time. The primary objective of this stage is to put into practice everything they have learned during the Scholarship stage, gaining practical experience and refining their skills as a community builder.
To progress from stage 2 to stage 3, the Missionary needs to successfully apply the P=ENTS framework with their community and deploy the community building plan they have created. This involves active involvement with the community, implementing the identified strategies, and utilising available resources such as GitHub and the P=ENTS Telegram Group for guidance and support.
During the Mission stage, the Missionary undertakes the following key actions and responsibilities:
Engaging with the Community
The Missionary establishes a close connection with the community they are working with. They actively listen to community members, understand their needs, aspirations, and challenges, and build relationships based on trust and mutual respect. By fostering open communication, the Missionary ensures that the community's voice is heard throughout the community building process.
Applying the P=ENTS Framework
Leveraging the P=ENTS framework, the Missionary develops and implements a community building plan tailored to the specific context and goals of the community. They utilise the values, pillars, principles and tenets they learned during the Scholarship stage to guide their actions. This includes conducting community assessments, identifying stakeholders, mobilising resources, facilitating collaborations and promoting active participation.
Deploying the Community Building Plan
The Missionary takes a leadership role in implementing the community building plan. They coordinate and execute the identified initiatives, projects and activities aimed at achieving the community's objectives. This may involve organising events, workshops, training sessions and or campaigns, as well as initiating communication and engagement channels to involve community members in decision-making and action.
Monitoring and Evaluation
The Missionary continuously monitors the progress and impact of the community building efforts. They collect data, feedback and insights to assess the effectiveness of the implemented strategies and make necessary adjustments. This includes evaluating the community's growth, the level of stakeholder engagement, the achievement of goals and the overall satisfaction and well-being of community members.
Collaboration and Support
The Missionary actively engages with the P=ENTS community through resources like GitHub and the P=ENTS Telegram Group. They seek guidance, share experiences and learn from other community builders' journeys. They collaborate with peers, mentors and experienced practitioners to address challenges, gain insights and leverage collective wisdom to enhance their own community building initiatives.
By the end of the Mission stage, the Missionary has gained practical experience in applying the P=ENTS methodology. They have implemented the community building plan with their community, witnessing the initial outcomes and impact of their efforts. This stage equips them with valuable insights and lessons learned, setting the stage for further growth and advancement as they progress to stage 3, Engagement, where they will experience deeper integration into the P=ENTS methodology community, be allocated a personal mentor and further explore other resources to help their community progress.