As studio leads, your job is to maximize the potential of your studio. Start by having a robust vision of DFA that fits into your university and local community. A good vision statement captures the values and goals of your studio in a short, and concise matter. Make your studio push the boundaries of creative human-centered design and integrate with the community to create long-term impact.
Output: Develop a shared vision statement of your studio that summarizes why your teams are enthusiastic about DFA & where your studio will be in the long-term (3 years).
Hold a Vision Quest like DFA Case|CIA
The exec team at DFA Case|CIA held a vision quest meeting at the end of the year to reflect on the year’s progress, evaluate the leadership structure, set goals for all of their studio’s activities, and set a 1 year and 4 year vision. Their 4-year goals included how many members they will recruit yearly, how many projects will reach users, and how they will have a permanent administrator integrated on campus and more. Check out their Vision Quest agenda here!
Write down your vision like DFA USC
Each year, studios that apply for the DFA network build out their vision and goals as part of the DFA application process. This shared vision helps them come together as a leadership team and build support from their university’s faculty and administration to create impactful DFA studios. USC studio identified the need of their community and how DFA would fit into the community. They also shared where they see DFA USC in early years and in 5 years. See their vision statement here!