Movement Vs. Institution

by Sebastian TIRTIRAU

Movement Vs. Institution

We’ve all been there: being a member of an institution, an organization, a church or a club.  Following a set of rules, principles and guidelines.  Large corporations are similar: targets, responsibility, timelines, even intense pressure to reach the corporation’s goals.  While structure is definitely needed in our society, it is getting more and more obvious in our world today that people are getting tired of the status quo.

The global pandemic revealed a growing trend of abandonment of set rules and regulations and an interest in being more fluid, more adaptable and not dependent on institutions, which typically are seen today as manipulative and narrow minded.

So why a movement?  Is this the direction the world is moving into?  What’s the difference?

In a movement, the mission defines the ultimate goal the group intends to achieve. When a movement achieves success, “Mission accomplished!”—everyone goes home.

In organizations, the mission defines “what we do.” Success in an organization means that everyone gets to stick around!

Movements define success globally. If a movement is successful, things change for everyone.

Organizations often define success internally, by what the organization accomplishes for itself.

Movements seek sweeping change.

Organizations are often satisfied with incremental improvement, correctly understanding that one entity alone cannot achieve large-scale change.

In movements, accountability is to a cause greater than any one individual. When it comes to making tough decisions, the cause is the top priority.

In organizations, accountability is first to the organization; when leaders face tough decisions, their top priority is organizational sustainability.

The word “movement” means “to create action,” to go from one place to another. Sustaining a movement is about sustaining action.

Per Merriam-Webster, the word “organization” means “the act or process of putting the different parts of something in a certain order so that they can be found or used easily.” Sustaining an organization is about sustaining order.

DEFINING MEANS

In a movement, form follows function. As functional needs change, movements value forms that are agile and effective.

In organizations, function is guided by form, beginning with the very first official act of most organizations—filing articles of incorporation, bylaws, and other declarations of the forms around which the entity will fit its functions. From there, organizations value stability and efficiency: “This is how we do things.”

Movements are supported from the inside out—first by those most involved and most directly affected by the cause, and then in concentric circles rippling outward. Movements define “resources” as the actual resources needed (labor, materials), which are abundant even in communities that seem to have very little.

Organizations are primarily supported from the outside —by customers, donors, grantors, investors, or patrons. Defining “resources” as cash, community benefit organizations in particular do not assume that the recipients of their services will be the primary contributors to the group’s success.

Movements tend to adopt structures and systems that mirror how societies progress toward people living well together.

Organizations tend to adopt systems that mirror how businesses and nations maintain sovereignty over others.

As you’ve seen above, you don’t have to leave any institution or organization to be part of a movement, but being part of it is an extraordinary way to be the change and see real results.

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Providing a platform for people who long to leave a durable legacy of good behind them.  A legacy of real results, with no strings attached, no hidden agenda and no search for self-gratification or vain glory. What we say we do, we are doing and we provide long term support for people and communities in real need. 

We have little use for empty words and empty promises. 

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1. To promote, support and develop the well-being of underprivileged, marginalized and remote children of the world, orphans primarily but not necessarily as a general rule.

2. To create the appropriate infrastructure for such projects, like water systems powered by solar technology, irrigation and agricultural systems to feed them, school buildings, sports facilities, skill development facilities, education sponsorship, medical help and humanitarian support.

3. To bring true care, true love and true commitment to these children by encouraging the local communities to get involved in raising these children in the local culture, language and circumstances, so they grow up to be confident and happy members of their own society.

4. To educate the adult community in protecting the children from abuse, exploitation and neglect, by implementing stimulating programs in the community to foster their well being as a whole.

5. To teach these children and youth the definition of the only true religion: “The purest religion is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.” James 1:27. No other definition will be accepted in connection with our work with the orphans. This will keep all the other religious agendas at bay and the children will be given a fair opportunity to choose their destiny.

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