Strategic Planning Update
The following report contains U.S.G.L. Strategic planning activity for FY20 (through February 2021). It contains information pertaining to strategic planning progress made during the indicated time period.
This year will always be remembered as the year that of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has put much of our planning and action plans on hold and has cast a veil of obscurity over the shape of the future needs of our Order. With that in mind, this report serves as an acknowledgement of the significant body of work that it represents and a placeholder for that future time when we can evaluate our priorities in a “post-COVID” Order. Consistent with last year’s report, which was published just as the pandemic took root, we have an additional section outlining goals made specifically for navigating this period.
Objective: Preserve organizational health, locally and nationally in the face of the current COVID-19 pandemic.
GOAL STATUS: Ongoing, TBD
GOAL STATUS: Ongoing, TBD
U.S.G.L. Strategic Initiatives
Promulgate Thelema and Great Principles of the Order
We envision OTO USA as a model religious and fraternal order of occult initiates, and a leading proponent of Thelemic thought and culture within the United States.
Objective: Fully implement Liber 194 to the extent possible and practicable
Objective: Implement Liber 101 to the extent possible and practicable
Goal: Stress the study of magick, Thelema, Yoga and the Hermetic sciences in local bodies (Duties, Ninth House)
Develop and Strengthen Local Operations
We will maintain a physical presence near every major population center in the country, from which we will offer services in support of our mission to our members and to the public.
Objective: Establish new local bodies in needed areas
Objective: Support growth of existing local bodies
Goal: Increase success rate of masters and organizers
Goal: Improve transitions of mastership
Goal: Improve Mentor Program
Goal: Encourage local bodies to develop their own strategic plans
Strategy: Add requirement for local master applications to provide a basic strategic plan for their proposed tenure
Strategy: Develop and draft guide to strategic planning for local masters
Strategy: Provide guide to strategic planning to local masters
Responsibility: Electoral College, EC Resource Development Committee
Timeframe: December 2020 e.v.
Status: Postponed - 2022 e.v.
Strategy: Provide online training in strategic planning to local masters
Responsibility: Electoral College, EC Resource Development Committee and U.S.G.L. Strategic Planning Secretary
Timeframe: January 2022 e.v.
Status: Postponed - 2023 e.v.
Objective: Support development of Mystic Temples
Improve Effectiveness of Grand Lodge Programs
We will uphold the highest standards of excellence and effectiveness in the practice and dissemination of our religious, spiritual, magical, and ethical teachings.
Objective: Improve communications between Grand Lodge and the membership
Objective: Improve communications within Grand Lodge government
Build a Stronger Fraternal Community
We will espouse and defend the principle of individual liberty while cultivating strong fraternal bonds within our ranks.
Objective: Encourage and strengthen fraternal bonds
Objective: To Promote Diversity & Inclusivity
Goal: To improve our approach to learning from, attracting, and retaining minority membership.
Strategy: Investigating free/low cost resources on diversity training for distribution to local bodies. Developed MoMods Research and Development teams:
Racial Diversity (released 2021)
Consent Culture (target 2021)
LGBTQA+ (target 2022)
Accessibility (target 2022)
Responsibility: Strategic Planning Secretary
Strategy: To provide a venue to support and develop gender-minority leadership in O.T.O. (“Scarlet Tent”)
Responsibility: Kaaba Committee
Timeframe: March 2019 to September 2023
Status: on hold, reevaluate post COVID
GOAL STATUS: Open
Develop Constructive Outside Relationships
We will foster harmonious and constructive relationships with the academic, business, civil, and greater social communities within which we operate.
Objective: Establish relationships with the broader public in our local valleys.
Goal: Represent O.T.O. positively and foster mutually beneficial relationships
Strategy: Design best practices for establishing connections with friendly groups and organizations
Strategy: Provide local masters with best practices for establishing connections with friendly groups and organizations
Responsibility: Electoral College, EC Resource Development Committee, EC Outreach Secretary
Timeframe: April 2022 e.v.
GOAL STATUS: Open