Lyra Colorado

Preparing the next generation to address the impacts of climate change

Lyra Colorado | Franklin Street Studio

The Problem

Colorado’s natural resources, economy and way of life are under threat from climate change. Communities across Colorado are already feeling acute pain brought on by accelerating climate crises. Lyra believes that Colorado youth are critical but under-utilized partners in building economic and environmental sustainability and that our education system needs to catch up and capitalize on youth’s potential to transform our future.

The Work

In 2021, we led Lyra’s team to develop a strategic vision for the work ahead so they maximize their impact across the state. We codified the approach and lessons learned and guided the team to develop new insights for their future work. Ultimately, we designed and facilitated a convening with key partners to gather feedback on the new strategic vision. In 2023, we re-engaged with Lyra to take stock of the progress they had made over the last two years and to set new priorities to guide the organization in its work over the next three to five years

The Learning

Over ~3 months, Franklin Street supported Lyra’s team to:

Ask hard questions.

We designed strategic planning processes entailing three “sprints” whereby the team tackles its most vexing questions. Our goal was never to settle for easy answers and always get to the root of a given challenge.

Develop a strong and collectively held vision.

We guided the team to build a strategic vision that summarizes Climatarium’s origin story, a refreshed mission and vision, and strategic priorities and metrics for the next three years. 

Listen and learn.

Franklin Street facilitated a convening of education and climate leaders from across Colorado. There we shared the newly minted strategic vision, collected feedback and insights, and leveraged collective wisdom to shape the next draft.

The Outcome

Lyra has a crisp vision for the next 3-5 years, including clear priorities and a plan for mobilizing partners that are in alignment with their work. The team continues to measure their impact along the way, seeking input and feedback from community leaders across the state to ensure their vision grows and evolves.