Organizational Development

Exploring Present & Emerging Trends – Environmental Scanning

Kaunteya Dasa
Presenter: Kaunteya dasa

When we talk about “Environmental Scanning” we are not talking about ecology or going green but about identifying trends in our communities and in the world at large. This is an essential aspect of strategic planning. This presentation focuses on techniques for making ISKCON more relevant and relatable in the four areas of interaction: new for the new (new programs and approaches for new people), old for the new (repackaging existing programs for new people), new for the old (new programs for existing devotees), and old for the old (improving existing programs for present devotees). Discover the required attitudes, skills, and available tools for effectively identifying important trends.

Org dev-environmental scanning.ppt

Unity in Diversity

Presenters: Braja Bihari dasa, Kaunteya dasa

In a letter dated October 18, 1973, Srila Prabhupada wrote, “I am therefore suggesting that all our men meet in Mayapur every year during the birth anniversary of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu. With all GBC and senior men present we should discuss how to make unity in diversity … Please try to maintain the philosophy of unity in diversity. That will make our movement successful.” What better opportunity than the ILS to delve into the meaning of unity in diversity? This theme is relevant to many aspects of our movement, but it is specifically important for ISKCON’s preaching, our ability to accommodate various opinions on the details of devotional service, and overcoming conflicts between devotees. The presentation focuses on statements from Srila Prabhupada’s books and letters and a GBC resolution that addresses this topic.

Org Dev-Unity in Diversity.ppt

Zonal Configuration


Presenter: Kaunteya dasa 

Org Dev – Zonal Configuration Plenary.ppt

GBC Zonal Configuration – a Vital Work in Progress

Presenter: Kaunteya dasa

In the words of a GBC member: “We need zones that can survive and transcend an individual and that have their own sustainable logic.” This presentation analyzes the history of zonal configuration from Srila Prabhupada’s times (including instructions from our founder-acarya on forming and assigning zones) to our present situation, which in the words of another GBC member has been “a mess that’s been developing in a random way for thirty years.” Zones are crucial building blocks of ISKCON; their size and manageability are an essential aspect of the overall health and effectiveness of the movement. Zonal configuration is already in motion. This presentation teaches you about the GBC resolutions already passed and how they connect with other crucial and interlinked issues: the size of the GBC body, the relationship between the GBC and other levels of leadership, geographical representation on the GBC, relationships with national councils, and more. We are at a point where the GBC is rethinking our global structure and way of functioning–zonal configuration is at the center of it all!

Org Dev-Zonal Config.ppt

Organizational Development

Local Strategic Planning Part One: Solving Problems and Creating a Better Future

Local Strategic Planning Part Two: Executing Your Plans

Presenter: Gopal Bhatta dasa

Gopal Bhatta Das
Part One:

How can we excel at fulfilling our mission? Put another way, how can we structure our Krsna conscious plans so we’ll have the greatest impact on the world and the place we live? The essence is: Happier devotees and more devotees – to make the existing devotees more inspired, energized, and well-cared for while making more devotees. Strategic planning is a simple and spiritually powerful tool. By definition, strategic planning is the method by which any organization defines how it will move into the future. Learn the seven proven steps for creating a plan. This seminar leaves you with easy-to-use skills and substantial handouts to review at your leisure.

Part Two:

Writing a strategic plan for your project is only one-third of the task; executing the plan makes up the other two-thirds. Working on a plan and then simply going home is a waste of everyone’s time. How to stick to plans so they bear fruit? How to create a favorable culture to improving your life and the life of your projects? Learn tips and tricks to keep your plans dynamic and make the difference between wishful thinking and effective strategic planning.

Org Dev – strategic plan.doc

Org Dev – strategic plan statement.doc

Org Dev – strategic plan model 1.doc

Org Dev – Strategic plan model 2.doc

Org dev-socratic questioning.doc

Badrinarayan Das
Lines of Authority 


Presenter: Badrinarayana dasa

Parallel lines – plenary.ppt