What is Mission? - Mission 6
|What is Mission?|
The nemesis of Filipino excellence is nigas cogon, the tendency to be enflamed with enthusiasm for an idea but then to fail to put this idea into action and turn it into reality. The movement has placed “implementation” in its very name to emphasize that MISSION will encourage and nurture rapid prototypes in pursuit of a sustainable society.
Rapid prototypes are a key practice of some of the most innovative individuals and institutions in the world. These visionary innovators realize that mistakes in implementation can become opportunities for greater sophistication and refinement in advancing initiatives.
This is the reason why rapid prototyping is sometimes called “Principle 0.7” by innovators at Silicon Valley, a global hotbed for the computer and telecommunications industries of the world. After implementing version 0.7 of an idea, the world responds to it. And this response becomes the basis for the further improvement and evolution of prototype, version 0.8. In the process, the rapid re-invention of the prototype results in a more perfect expression of the vision in the real world, version 1.0.
Implementation of rapid prototypes also has the added advantage of providing a powerful support for maintaining inner change while pursuing initiatives beneficial to society.
Trainers and training participants are all too familiar with the so-called “training effect”. One undergoes training. One is excited about new ideas and new possibilities. However, after a few weeks, one is back to one’s old unimaginative, reactionary and often procrastinating self. This backsliding from the “high” of a training to the “lows” of day-to-day life is called the “training effect”.
Rapid prototyping reinforces simultaneously the individual and societal change process in three ways. First rapid prototyping offers us the opportunity to relate with others in the pursuit of an initiative. This collegial relationship with like-minded and equally enthusiastic individuals reinforces our belief in future possibilities and in the change initiative that we are undertaking. The momentum of the group provides impetus to continue pursuing an initiatve.
Second, rapid prototyping allows us to repeat actions that result from an intention to do something in the world. This repetition has the power to actual rewire our brain and our character making it easier for us to continually do similar actions in the future. Each new activity in the pursuit of an initiative makes it much easier to bring one’s vision into reality.
And, third, rapid prototyping encourages us to reframe our experiences on the basis of our experience with the initiative. Our mind is a very powerful agent of either stagnation or transformation. If we start having doubts about our initiative, then these doubts tend to become self-fulfilling. But, with the proper support from colleagues (relate) and continuous pursuit (repeat) of an initiative not just in the realm of ideas but in action, then our mind convinces us (reframe) that the initiative is doable and that it will succeed.
To aid individuals avoid the disease of ningas cogon and realize their passion for an idea, MISSION has established the Birthing Center referred to above. This Birthing Center is not only to birth the movement as a whole. The Birthing Center will also help individuals walk through the theoretical foundations of rapid prototyping as well as help them translate their vision into reality.