At Barr, we don’t think strategic planning requires going quiet until the work is done. That is why, during Barr’s planning efforts, we have striven for open and transparent communications. We want to minimize the mystery and keep our partners connected and apprised of our progress.
In his July “From the President” message on Barr’s blog, Jim Canales outlined the values guiding Barr’s strategic planning work across program areas and committed to managing the process with continued openness and transparency. One important demonstration of this commitment came in late September 2015, when Jim initiated a blog series dedicated to shedding light on strategic planning. Subsequent contributions by other staff explored key trends shaping the fields in which we work and how we are aligning our strategies to be responsive to those trends. Our months of planning work concluded in January 2016.
Barr Planning Series
An Update on our Planning Efforts
July 14, 2015
Jim Canales provides an overview of Barr’s program planning activities and anticipated timeline.
Radio Silence Not Required
September 23, 2015
Jim Canales launches Barr’s planning blog series and shares our intentions for transparency during the process.
Three Trends Shaping Barr’s Arts Strategy
October 14, 2015
San San Wong discusses three major trends Barr’s Arts team is exploring in the context of strategic planning.
October 23, 2015
Jaime Cortez shares how the maker movement is informing Barr’s planning for its Arts program.
Embracing Opportunities for Smarter Travel, Smarter Places
November 5, 2015
Mary Skelton Roberts discusses key trends giving shape to Barr’s strategy to reduce transportation emissions.
Striving for Transformation in our Energy Sector
November 16, 2015
Mariella Puerto shares the trends informing how our Clean Energy program can best accelerate climate action in the region.
Philanthropy and Risk
December 1, 2015
Jim Canales defines the role of risk in our work at the Barr Foundation.
Connecting All Students to Success In and Beyond High School
December 10, 2015
Leah Hamilton discusses the growing national movement to rethink secondary education and its influence on the Education program’s strategic planning process.