[IAEP] Sugar Labs mission statement.

Sameer Verma sverma at sfsu.edu
Sat Aug 23 02:50:00 EDT 2008

Edward Cherlin wrote:
> On Thu, Aug 21, 2008 at 11:11 AM, Arjun Sarwal <arjun at laptop.org> wrote:
>> IMHO the mission statement should also  include a mention of how
>> educators  are an integral part of defining and structuring the
>> ecosystem.
> I hope that the mission and the ecology include bringing teachers,
> students, and parents together on creating the new curriculum and a
> new kind of Free textbook incorporating Sugar software capabilities. I
> am concerned that we are putting so much effort into software and
> essentially nothing into new textbooks. (FLOSS Manuals and some
> developers are doing a great job on documentation, but that is a
> separate issue.)
The mission of an organization is typically strategic in nature and does
not have the tactical bits needed to achieve it. The mission statement
drives the organization. Goals are "destination points" that the mission
will help reach. You can always have multiple goals (goal congruency).
Vision of the organization is the picture that you can "see" as you look
towards your goals and beyond.

Mission statements are short and overarching strategic statements. So,
the mission statement of Sugarlabs shouldn't address the nitty gritty of
how we intend to fulfill our mission. On the other hand, objectives
should address specific items that are measurable.

Mission --> Goals --> Objectives (measurable)


Dr. Sameer Verma, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Information Systems
San Francisco State University
San Francisco CA 94132 USA

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