Talk:Vision Statement

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Page Move

I moved the content of Vision Statement to this discussion page because it looks more like the starting point for a discussion than a Vision Statement. Also, it doesn't articulate what I think is the formal vision statements of the website. So I would like to start again to collaborate and arrive at a community consensus about what should be said about a Vision Statement. That consensus can then appear on the page. - Cameron 23:05, 14 June 2013 (EDT)

Original content of Vision Statement that was moved to Talk page

Vision Statement We are a virtual (and real) community for everyone involved in SAS to cherish, cultivate, and promote their own (and everyone else's) development, success, and prosperity. Charlie 04:07, 24 March 2009 (UTC)

Current statements about the sasCommunity Goals, Mission and Vision

The Main Page has the following statements that could be identified as a Mission, Vision or Goal statement.

  1. A collaborative online community for SAS® users worldwide.
  2. is an ongoing global community effort
  3. Created by SAS users for SAS users.
  4. is a place to find answers, share technical knowledge, collaborate on ideas and connect with others in the worldwide SAS Community.

- Cameron 23:05, 14 June 2013 (EDT)

Some History (of the Main Page)

Inspection of the history of edits to the Main Page, reveal when the above statements were initially added. An early version of Statement #1 first appears in late March 2007, with edit 962. Then in early April 2007, edit 1470 introduces a graphic containing the current wording of statement 1. This graphic disappears, with edit 14871 but the statement is turned into text with the next edit (15604). The remaining statements turn up with edit 19209 in early November 2009. - Cameron 23:05, 14 June 2013 (EDT)


In its article about strategic planning, Wikipedia distinguishes between the nature of a mission statement and that of a vision statement. The mission statement is a succinct statement about why an organisation exists and what it does now. The vision statement succinctly describes a future state about the world an organisation wants to exist in, or wants to aspire to be.

Vision statemments need to be aspirational, possibly inspirational, and may even be unattainable. They need to be future focused to keep an organisation moving forward.

Unfortunately, I don't see Charlie's statement as being a vision statement. It deals with the current state, not the future goal. That is a fundamental flaw with it, no matter what else it might say.

Of the other 4 statements I identified on the Main Page, only "Created by SAS users for SAS users." comes close to being a vision statement. While written in the past tense, it describes a future state that may never be achieved - simply because it is written in the past tense. Because this is a wiki, and an "ongoing effort", having something created, in the sense that it is complete and final, is never going to be possible. We are always going to be creating new content and modifying the existing stuf. In other words we will alway be creating, never fully achieving created. This makes it a visionary statement about a future state.

The other statements are more like mission statements, or goals, and should be dealt with in separate articles, not here.

Finally, this article should perhaps also discuss the vision statements of SAS and others who work with SAS. It shouldn't confine itself to only be about the sasCommunity Vision Statement. Indeed it might be more appropriate to discuss the vision in a separate sasCommunity namespace article. - Cameron 23:05, 14 June 2013 (EDT)