THE GROUNDWORK: DATA + DESIGN + DOING
Our services revolve around data and design, because access to information is the lifeblood of organizations and designing for inclusion, transparency, and fluidity shapes the vessel for data to flow.
But we aren't all aspiration. We pair our data- and design- focused approach and services with services that provide organizations with the capacity to execute on those great ideas.
We support: nonprofit Boards of Directors in efforts to move toward the "Governance as Leadership" model; networks and collaboratives in designing and implementing workable governance structures; and local government in creating community engagement strategies that are actually engaging. Healthy and inclusive governance is the groundwork for change at scale.
Board of Directors training and development / nonprofit governance
Collaborative and network governance
Community and stakeholder engagement and inclusion
Change Management & Project Management
We partner with leadership to identify, frame, and shape organizational evolution, and we offer the tactical capacity to advance those efforts that accelerate organizational change or move forward mission-critical efforts. We do this with a careful eye toward staff buy-in and retention. Change is challenging, it doesn't have to be hard. We also provide more general project management capacity around important initiatives that advance strategic goals. Sometimes organization simply need an extra set of eyes or hands (aka capacity) to move mission critical work.
Change management initiatives - framing and capacity
Project management capacity
Meeting and Retreat Design and Facilitation
A good meeting can generate great ideas, spur effective plans, and/or build important relationships. A bad meeting...well, we all know how quickly a bad meeting can turn us off or shut us down. We bring a human-centered approach to meeting and retreat design to create the experience your after that drives toward the outcomes you need.
Agenda design and content creation/curation
Day of coordination and logistics wrangling
We help organizations and groups to imagine the future they're after in vivid terms, and we work to design practices and structures that can bring this to life. We also facilitate organizational learning and the internal communities that create sustainable practice for learning. Finally, central to all of our efforts in this domain is helping organizations to deeply listen; we use practices like human centered design and action research to create meaningful opportunities to learn from and with stakeholders and beneficiaries.
Inclusion and belonging / organizational culture building
Organizational learning initiatives
Communities of practice
Human centered design initiatives
Leadership development and coaching
User / beneficiary research
No organization is an island. And in a highly connected and networked world, being aware of who is working in adjacent spaces, and forging mutually beneficial partnerships is foundational to success. Additionally, for organization's seeking growth or to secure allies for efforts, we work to establish clear, values-driven criteria and rubrics that ensure time is well spent.
Partner vetting and engagement
Systems Change Efforts
Collective impact initiative design, structure, and facilitation
Holistic career pathways design and assembly
System mapping - landscape mapping, power analysis, relationship analysis, etc