That's what we do
We empower people and groups for meaningful action by unleashing the power of groups.
How we work is a bit different than other consulting firms. We invite everyone to shape solutions for a better future through a broadly inclusive approach. We foster inventing and innovating together.
This is not mumbo-jumbo. We utilize relevant data and a focused approach to help you move quickly from chatter to matter, digging deeply into what is important to you and stakeholders. At the same time, we have fun, yet our playfulness is designed with the purpose to enhance creativity and engagement. The more open and inviting we are, the better the outcomes in all situations.
We will work with you as a partner because we value the competencies, knowledge, and contributions of our clients and your stakeholders. Our goal is serving as a trusted advisor to bring out the best in you and your team.
We help all kinds of groups - economic development, workforce development, place development, disaster preparation and recovery, marketing, non-profits, businesses/entrepreneurs or any group trying to do meaningful work. We guide you through a process to build your customized strategy for what you aim to achieve. Inventing together yields ownership of the strategy, and that means real work gets done and important things accomplished.
We help groups and organizations transform how they communicate, problem-solve, innovate and work together. We utilize Liberating Structures – participatory methods that disrupt conventional patterns in how we work together. One Liberating Structure changes a meeting; the repertoire can change an organization. As the repertoire of 33 structures is applied, many conventional approaches (presentations, open discussions, managed discussions, and brainstorms) become less attractive or fade away.
If you are seeking to jazz up and energize an event for greater participation and valuable outcomes, we can help you design meetings, focus groups, conferences, planning sessions, retreats, etc. While it will be fun, our goal for you is a more worthwhile and productive event, accomplishing more together as a group. Our facilitation services involve a combination of Liberating Structures and Graphic Facilitation.
We offer customized and ready-to-go workshops on a variety of topics – from group engagement techniques and strategic planning to technical subjects in economic development, workforce development, and public policy.
Have an upcoming event and need a world-class speaker? We are at your service on a range of topics - from economic development and community outreach to team building and inclusion.
As certified economic developers (CEcD) and consultants with decades of economic development consulting experience, we offer robust technical services in economic development, workforce development and business site selection.
"At the beginning of the project, my expectations were that I just wanted change. Let me say, that’s happening and so much more evolved from the process. We have been able to engage people that were un-engageable prior to the process. I am very pleased with Allison’s way to bring all different entities together to sing from the same sheet of music."
"I have been through at least ten strategic plans in my career and this was by far the best and most innovative I have ever been involved with. Your firm goes above and beyond the call of duty and your follow-up is very refreshing."
"I feel more empowered than I have in a very long time.
I see a vision, a path forward."
“Allison doesn’t make promises she can’t keep – and she doesn’t lead a community down a path that isn’t truly a viable option."