Although it has become fashionable over the past few years to focus on creating elaborate mission statements, that doesn’t mean bigger is always better. On one hand, conducting a thorough institutional self evaluation can produce a multitude of positive results. Yet on the other hand, attempting to put each of those results into words via a mission statement can complicate the task of communicating core values. Recently, Holly Mulcahy published the second article of a two part series which compares the Slow Food Movement to classical music. She does an excellent job at illustrating how many problems they have in common such as public perception, relevancy, and branding and she talks about how the Slow Food movement managed to successfully build international cohesion around a simple set of core values. All in all, both articles are well worth your time: Part 1 and Part 2.