It's been interesting to watch the conversations around vision, mission,
marketing, etc. over the last few weeks. Several observations emerge. Here
are a few that I think are relevant to us.

1) There is a lot of confusion over the terms. Vision, Mission, Goals, etc.
2) Perhaps the confusion stems from not knowing how these pieces fit
together, and the roles these play.
3) There are several confounding variables at play. For example, Sugar is a
FOSS project. Sugarlabs is an agency established to
foster/facilitate/support Sugar, the project. However, the two are not the
same. So, in our effort to establish a strategic plan, the unit of analysis
should be clear. For me, as a SLOB member, the unit of analysis is
Sugarlabs, the agency. Everything I look at, is through that lens,
including Sugar, OLPC, Sugarizer, etc.

I've put together a screencast describing how all these things are related.
I hope this will bring some clarity.

Sameer Verma, Ph.D.
Professor, Information Systems
San Francisco State University
IAEP -- It's An Education Project (not a laptop project!)

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