Vision 20/20

About Vision 20/20: Creating the Future

Campus Conversations

In April 2011, President Johnson conducted several small-group “campus conversations” with internal and external groups to solicit ideas and perspectives re: a vision for Becker’s future. This input helped inform the process of crafting a shared vision and plan for Becker’s future, which was be presented to the College community at Inauguration.

Below are the 20 questions that helped jump-start the conversation. The campus community was urged to think about and answer any, some, or all of them, or pose their own questions and to share their thoughts and ideas during the in-person meetings, or online, using the form below. Questions? Contact Anne Sroka 508.373.1905 / anne.sroka@becker.edu

A Vision is…

A vision is an image of the future we wish to create. The future is not limited to one possible result—your imagination can release imprisoned possibilities.

Don’t limit your ideas by worrying if they are too far-fetched or improbable—we never know what’s possible until we try. Here’s an excerpt about possibility thinking from: How far is far; how high is high? We'll never know until we try by Chuck Gallozzi. The full article is online.

“What we often call ‘impossible' is merely something we have yet to try. How do we know what we can do, or not do, unless we try? By looking for possibilities and trying new things, we break free from our limitations and discover our own power. The following, which was written in 1730 in a church in England, is worthwhile pondering: ‘A vision without a task is but a dream. A task without a vision is drudgery. A vision and a task is the hope of the world.”

“The first step in discovering a new possibility is to search for it…The reward for seeking is discovery. Remember, as Sophocles (BC 495 ~ 406) taught, ‘What is unsought will go undetected.’ After opening our eyes to new possibilities, we need to act . . . Often, the only difference between the ‘possible' and the ‘impossible' is persistence. That is, what we call ‘impossible' to achieve is merely something we gave up on.”

20 Questions:

All fields on this form are optional. Please feel free to take a few minutes to answer any, some, or all of the following questions. No pressure… just some food for thought to start the conversation.

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