NSPE/MSPE Enter New Leg in Race for Relevance

    Over the past year, as NSPE approaches its 80th anniversary and MSPE celebrated its 76th, fundamental questions are asked about the Society's role in the profession of engineering.  How can we remain relevant to the 21st Century Professional Engineer? 

    Why? Much has changed since David Steinman founded NSPE in 1934—changes that have been experienced by all nonprofit societies and associations. To remain relevant to their members and successfully carry out their missions, organizations need to adapt.

    What's changed: 1) decreased availability of time that members have to dedicate to association activities, 2) increased value expectations, 3) increased industry consolidation and specialization, 4) increased generational differences, 5) increased competition caused by the growth in the number of associations, and 6) technology explosion, according to Coerver and Byers in the association management book Race for Relevance.

    What hasn't changed: the need to engage with members in meaningful and effective ways; to provide real and tangible value; to make a difference for members and create opportunities for members to make a difference; and have an impact on the profession and society.

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