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.
We design purposeful and intentional agendas that move your group through activities towards the desired outcome.
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. We cultivate safer spaces that encourage active listening to create an inclusive and productive environment that balances participation among diverse personalities, to ensure all voices are heard and understood by the group.
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 and turning them into action items and next steps help people know that something is going to come from their hard work.
Our skillset can be translated from in-person meetings to online platforms, or a combination of both, to ensure remote workers are able to participate fully.
Bringing in a professional to facilitate hard conversations for your staff, community group, or constituency improves your access to important input.
We ask dozens of questions. Creative questions allow a collective picture of the group to emerge before any strategy is proposed
This listening prepares the 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 all the voices and potentially point out any missing perspectives.
With decades of experience in the nonprofit sector, we bring a unique and holistic perspective to socially responsive and responsible workspaces.
From a whole-systems and systems-change lens, we can analyze your day-to-day protocol, review your policies, and work collaboratively to align your practice with your core values.
With a specific expertise in trauma-informed and trauma-responsive work, we are especially useful when addressing collective trauma among your group 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 a basic training on the neurobiology of trauma and how you might embed that understanding into your work in communities.
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. If you are looking to build a sustainable, caring 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 manner.
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