- This history begins in 2011 ignoring that what was to become the GPT began with a fraud -- a claimed "consensus" in support of a "Table" in the last minutes of a poorly attended 2010 JFNA Board Retreat where no "consensus" was sought, no vote was taken. From that moment forward, propelled by a dynamic, driven Kathy Manning, what I would estimate as close to $4,000,000 of your dollars was wasted on this wasted, wasteful effort.
- The GPT version of "history" begins with the establishment of the GPT in 2011 "[A]fter more than a year of planning." Here's what passed for GPT "planning" -- a well-used consultant was retained by JFNA apparently to sell the unsaleable. Draft plans were the subject of a series of Regional Meetings at which JFNA "welcomed your input." Uh huh. In Chicago, for example, with Silverman and the consultant present, after a confused and confusing presentation, the audience of federation leaders to a person, rejected the plan as presented. FOBs present at every single one of the Regional Meetings reported that the "plan" was met with similar denunciation. After this uniform rejection of the GPT Plan as presented, Manning, Silverman and the consultant went "back to the drawing board" and presented the same exact plan (with some poor wordsmithing) as if those Regional Meetings never occurred.
- Then the GPT "structure" was formed -- a bewildering set of "governance" and "working group" vehicles including a large "GPT Committee" with no power and an inside group -- The Global Planning Table Partnership Committee -- that would make decisions chaired by the self-selected Kathy Manning who for the next years would sit astride both the Chairmanship of JFNA and that of this GPT Partnership Committee, controlling all. (At a point in time, Washington's David Butler would be given the largely ceremonial position as Chair of the GPT Committee (not that Partnership Committee), a leadership function he performed quite well as the public face of the GPT while Manning played the marionette to David's puppet.)
- Does any federation leader care what the cost of this insanity has been -- or do they prefer, as one of the most senior JFNA lay leaders put it last month at the meeting of the GPT burial society: "...we have to put this (closure) in the best light, because so much money was..." wasted. The air is heavy with total irresponsibility...and it's not that the leaders -- lay and professional alike -- weren't warned from Day 1 of this total fiasco.
Incredibly, chevre, in the comical "GPT history" presented to the Global Planning Table Committee last month, all of the "fault-finding" seemed to be "out there" -- none of the problems were "in here" -- not the convoluted structure, not the top-down dictation from the start, not the disconnection from the federations, not the imperious nature of decision-making. So, there were these according to the Orwellian history of the GPT:
- "...less than a month after the Board approved the...initiatives, Operation Protective Edge began..."
- "JFNA (NB: not the GPT, JFNA) made efforts to reach out to every Large, Large-Intermediate and Intermediate size Federations to pitch each of the three projects, but due to dynamic changes in the marketplace, we had limited success raising funds for the ICZ and JQuest, and JFNA (NB, JFNA not GPT) was unable to launch either program." (emphasis added)
- "JFNA assumes responsibility for failing to solicit the necessary funds from Federations...It is clear that this lack of communication led to Federations' ambivalence about GPT projects."
Through some perverse logic (or, perhaps, it is merely comparing the absolute failure of fund raising for the ICZ and JQuest Initiatives) raising $648,000 for a multi-million "Voluntary Initiative" is considered a "success."
And, finally, the Global Planning Table undertook to mandate a "change of the 'split.'" The GPT acknowledged that "...the Federation collective (hmmm) has not been ready to change the historic 'split.'" This will not stop the GPT from pursuing a goal that is already dictated by the federation "market." The GPT's "help" isn't needed or wanted here, either.
So, the shiva can begin, friends. The GPT, at its meeting, announced, over the fevered, unreasoned objections of Kathy Manning, its author and, at the end of the day, almost its only defender, "as of now, the Global Planning Table and its Committee are retired." According to the GPT itself, its "work and influence will endure." Michael Siegal was reported as "almost gleeful."