WHAT WE DO
meeting design & facilitation
When meetings are facilitated by a professional, they engage the imagination, generate energy, and build ownership across an organization. They're less likely to feel like a waste of time.
When meetings are designed through a trauma-informed lens, they establish the physical and psychological safety for your group to consider bringing all of their intersecting identities into the work.
We design purposeful and intentional agendas that move your group through activities towards the desired outcome. We believe that attention to process, space-making, and content is equally important to the ultimate goal.
Facilitators bring a toolkit of methodologies and strategies that help teams work well together. Your meeting might require brainstorming activities that move the group from divergent to convergent thinking to identify solutions to problems. Because our work is trauma-informed, we cultivate safer spaces that encourage active listening to create an inclusive and productive environment, balancing participation among diverse personalities to ensure all voices are heard and understood.
Our techniques help to break old patterns and create new ones; providing a fresh perspective from your existing team.
Meeting design includes a plan to harvest information throughout the meeting so that the group’s work can be taken forward. Moving ideas from the meeting into action items and next steps shows your team that something is going to come from their contributions.
Design ranges from in-person meetings to online platforms, or a combination of both, to ensure remote workers are able to participate fully.
Organizational Change and Development
With decades of experience in the nonprofit sector, we bring a unique and holistic perspective to the organizational development of socially responsive and responsible workspaces.
From a whole-systems and systems-change framework, we analyze day-to-day protocol, review existing policies, and work collaboratively to better align your practice with your core values.
When organizational trauma or pain is present, innovative and adaptive work typically suffers.
With specific expertise in trauma-informed and trauma-responsive work, we are especially useful as an outside actor when addressing collective trauma among your group, helping you to work forward with empathy and understanding.
training and skill development
Our expertise in work with victims and survivors of trauma allows us to offer basic training on the neurobiology of trauma and how you might embed that understanding into your work, both internally and externally.
With more than 15 years in service to under-resourced communities, we have pushed many institutions to move toward an empowerment model that puts the person first. This mindset helps organizations support their staff in thoughtfully supporting the communities they work with.
If you are looking to build a sustainable, nurturing workplace, we can help your leadership and Human Resources department understand how to support a wide range of employees in a trauma-informed, culturally-responsive way. This pairs well with Organizational Change because your policies must match the trauma-informed practice you seek to build.
Community engagement and listening sessions
Bringing in a professional to facilitate hard conversations for your staff, community group, or constituency improves your access to important input.
As facilitators, survey designers, and focus group hosts, we ask important questions. Creative questioning allows a collective picture of the group to emerge before any strategy is proposed.
This listening prepares decision-makers to act with knowledge and skill that is truly rooted in community data. It is often easier for an external facilitator to ask the common-sense or hard questions that a group needs to discuss or address without further activating any existing power struggles.
While an outside facilitator will never be entirely neutral, it is generally an advantage for the person steering the discussion to not be personally-invested in the group's work. Our relative neutrality can make it easier to capture traditionally unheard voices and potentially point out any missing perspectives.
Don't see what you need?
This list is not exhaustive and we have cultivated a wide network of experts. It's the greatest part of being community builders.
We may be able to help or point you toward someone who can!