In a recent blog post, I wrote about my growing interest in serving collaborative change initiatives in Southern California. While I’m actively researching the subject, I’m also proactively using my existing consultant skill set, including facilitation, planning, leadership development and team building to serve multiple collaborative initiatives. Below is a list of various collaborative efforts I have served so far: Continue reading
I first met Eric Garcetti when he first ran for city council over 12 years ago. I remember him sharing his vision for transforming Los Angeles into a more sustainable city. I was impressed then and I have appreciated his leadership ever since! I’m happy to share my top 10 reasons why I’m voting for Eric Garcetti to be the next Mayor of Los Angeles. Specifically, I appreciate Eric’s:
A Riverfront District in Los Angeles? Absolutely! How do we get there? Collaboration. I just facilitated a retreat for the recently launched North East Los Angeles Riverfront Collaborative, “a holistic, collaborative urban planning effort to take advantage of the River as an economic development asset.” Continue reading
Did you know there are over 80 community gardens in Los Angeles County? Did you also know there’s a fantastic nonprofit called the Los Angeles Community Garden Council working to connect people to community gardens? I’m currently helping the Garden Council hire its first Executive Director (very exciting!) and encourage qualified and interested leaders to apply.
What starts a social movement? How does it grow? How do people work with each other and inspire others to join? I’m excited to facilitate a dynamic discussion on Friday, April 12th: Building a Bike Movement in Autopia: An Experiment in Group Ethnography (1997 to the present). Continue reading
Transitioning Southern California into a sustainable region is beyond the capacity of one organization to accomplish alone. The challenges are too big and complex. Instead, “large scale social-change comes from better cross-sector coordination rather than from the isolated intervention of individual organizations” (Kania & Kramer). This cross-sector coordination is called many things: collaboration, collective impact, Continue reading
It’s not everyday you get to facilitate a team building retreat on Valentines Day with an organization that has “LOVE” in their name. That’s exactly what I did recently with the Pablove Foundation, an fantastic organization “fighting childhood cancer with love”. Some highlights for me:
Relationship Building: Like the retreat I led last year for the LA Neighborhood Land Trust, the number of folks on the Pablove Continue reading