The national Pagan community is undergoing a rapid transformation from fragmented, unorganized and unilateral action to a more focused approach to the challenges that face the community. Recent events like the unified response to discrimination in Georgia make it clear that the future of our actions will be cooperative in nature.
This new model of “Transformative Pagan Service Leadership” presents an opportunity for the community to achieve substantial progress in the pursuit of Pagan rights. It also will present some challenges for the community leaders involved. Suddenly activists are mindful that it is collective effort that presents the best possibility of effectiveness.
So what will be required to nurture this new ‘Transformative Leadership' model? First we must continue to encourage organizations to rise above self-interest for the good of the collective community. Second we need to assist established organizations in understanding the need for change. Finally, investing our community with a sense of urgency when action is needed.
If we set some clear goals in pursuit of weaving this web of cooperative action future efforts will be more focused and effective. A short list of goals could include:
• Transform the nature of Pagan service projects from process oriented to an outcome based system.
• Systematically harness, recognize and manage knowledge, skills and abilities among activists.
• Encourage organizations to view accomplishments as community wide rather than proprietary in nature.
• Establish organizational funding for collective action in response to community events.
For successful Pagan activism to occur, it requires strategic application that fuels support for vision and strategy by empowering and inspiring others. This model of “Transformative Service Leadership” ultimately requires that the community focuses on the results not the individuals involved.
Are we ready to let go of organizational pride, individual accolades and old rivalries? If we intend to be successful in serving our community we will have to be!