Clients: 2008

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Androscoggin Land Trust (2008)

The Androscoggin Land Trust is dedicated to protecting, through land conservation and stewardship, the important natural areas, traditional landscapes, and outdoor experience along the central Androscoggin River corridor. We were hired to facilitate a full day retreat of the board of directors to assess the current organizational capacity and environmental trends, develop strategic goals, and refine the organization’s mission. In addition to facilitating the meeting, we also prepared a complete report that will serve as the basis for a strategic plan.

Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce (2008)

The Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with the Town of Bar Harbor and other key institutions, convened a series of meetings among business and community leaders to discuss innovative approaches to developing more business activity in the shoulder seasons. We were hired to facilitate these multi-stakeholder meetings and prepare the resulting summary reports.

Bar Harbor, Town of (2008)

The Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with the Town of Bar Harbor and other key institutions, convened a series of meetings among business and community leaders to discuss innovative approaches to developing more business activity in the shoulder seasons. We were hired to facilitate these multi-stakeholder meetings and prepare the resulting summary reports.

Bowdoin College (2008-Fall)

Bowdoin College is a nationally renowned college of liberal arts and science in Brunswick, Maine. We were hired by Bowdoin to work with staff of an administrative office to improve communications and team effectiveness. We conducted advance interviews with all staff within that office, facilitated a half-day retreat and prepared a summary report.

Bowdoin College (2008-Spring)

Bowdoin College is a nationally renowned college of liberal arts and science in Brunswick, Maine. We were hired to conduct a professional development luncheon among all the Student Affairs staff of Bowdoin. We reviewed basic mediation principles and discussed specific case studies.

Brunswick Economic Development Corporation (2008)

The directors of both the Brunswick Economic Development Corporation and Topsham Development, Inc. convened a workshop on design and impact issues, opportunities, and challenges presented by the potential development of a midcoast regional business park. Through the workshop, the two organizations solicited public comments and ideas regarding how design standards might be used to manage appearance, community and environmental impacts, and even what sorts of business tenants should be targeted to align with such standards. We were hired to facilitate the workshop and prepare a report.

CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) (2008)

Headquartered in Portland, Maine, CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) is the leading U.S. non-governmental international education organization. CIEE creates and administers programs that allow high school and university students and educators to study and teach abroad. As in 2007, CIEE management hired us to facilitate a multi-day retreat among regional directors from all over the country at which they worked through many issues, made decisions, and engaged in fun team-building exercises. Following the retreat, we prepared a summary report.

DFD Russell Medical Centers (2008)

We facilitated a board retreat to develop a new three-year strategic plan for the DFD Russell Medical Centers (DFDRMC) in Leeds, Turner and Monmouth, an independent public/private partnership founded in 1975 to provide affordable and accessible health care to area residents.

Disease Management Collaboration (2008)

The Disease Management Practicum Group and the Daniel Hanley Center for Health Leadership, in collaboration with The Institute for Civic Leadership hired us to facilitate a half-day retreat to explore new ways of preventing and managing chronic disease in Maine.

DuPont (2005-2019)

DuPont (formerly FMC) manufactures carrageenan in Rockland, Maine. As part of its Responsible Care initiative, the company retains us to facilitate a community advisory panel. The group meets every two months and serves as a forum for learning and dialogue between plant managers and community leaders.

Elder Issues Partnership (2004-2012)

A large coalition of organizations that serve elderly in various ways banded together in a coalition and retained us to facilitate their monthly meetings which always consisted of exchanging information about state and federal policy initiatives and often included outside speakers on topics of interest. In addition, we provided complete secretariat services which included meeting write up and distribution, handling all correspondence, managing a website and list serve on behalf of the group, and arranging meeting facilities. The group tried to influence state policy to better serve elderly people. More recently, we were hired to facilitate a strategic planning meeting for the coalition.

ENE – Environment Northeast (2008)

Environment Northeast (ENE) is a non-profit organization that researches and advocates innovative policies that tackle environmental challenges while promoting sustainable economies. We were hired to facilitate a board retreat and a staff retreat in order to help establish a strategic direction and improve effectiveness. We prepared summary reports for both retreats.

Greater Portland Landmarks (2008)

Greater Portland Landmarks promotes preservation and revitalization of historic buildings, neighborhoods, and landscapes and encourages high-quality new architecture to enhance the livability and economic vitality of Portland and surrounding communities. They hired us to facilitate a board retreat.

Green Building Council (2008)

This energetic and rapidly growing non-profit is Maine’s foremost coalition of leaders from across the building industry working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work. Like the year before, they hired us again to facilitate a full-day board retreat and prepare a complete report.

Gulf of Maine Research Institute (2008-Fall)

Regulations for groundfishing in the Gulf of Maine and on Geroges Bank are changing to allow fishermen to gather in cooperative “sectors.” How will the catch be monitored and reported under the new system? We were hired to facilitate discussions among fishing trade associations, regulators, scientists, and environmental groups to explore consensus on monitoring and reporting methods.

Gulf of Maine Research Institute (2008-Summer)

Regulations for groundfishing in the Gulf of Maine and on Geroges Bank are changing to allow fishermen to gather in cooperative “sectors.” How will the catch be monitored and reported under the new system? We were hired to facilitate discussions among fishing trade associations, regulators, scientists, and environmental groups to explore consensus on monitoring and reporting methods. We also prepared a complete report of the meeting, which was submitted directly to the New England Fisheries Management Council.

H.O.P.E. (2008)

“Healing Of Persons Exceptional”. Since its inception in 1987, the non-profit H.O.P.E. has provided support for individuals facing illness and life challenges to find meaning, value and purpose in their lives. We were hired to facilitate a planning retreat.

HealthInfoNet and Maine Quality Forum (2008)

As a result of a recent legislative resolve, HealthInfoNet and the Maine Quality Forum jointly convened a multi-stakeholder group to study and make recommendations for creating and financing a fund to establish and sustain HealthInfoNet, a statewide digital clinical information network. The group also considered future options for developing a strategic health information technology investment fund. We were hired to facilitate this multi-stakeholder process, which included regular meetings over an eight-month period.

Healthy Androscoggin (2008)

Healthy Androscoggin is dedicated to improving the health of all Androscoggin County citizens through collaborative planning, community action, education and prevention. We facilitated a board retreat where directors reviewed recent accomplishments and built consensus around a strategic direction.

Hydrogen Energy Center (2008)

The Hydrogen Energy Center, an organization dedicated to advancing the transition to a renewable hydrogen economy through education, demonstration, and advocacy, engaged us to facilitate a strategic planning retreat of its board members.

Machias School District and SAD #37 (2007 & 2008)

We were hired by two Maine school districts, the Machias School District and School Administrative District #37, to facilitate a series of meetings and try to broker an agreement to jointly govern a regional High School.

Maine Coast Heritage Trust (2008)

Each year, Maine Coast Heritage Trust hosts the Maine Land Conservation Conference. The theme of 2008’S conference was Connecting Conservation and Communities. We facilitated the conference Idea Forum, a session designed to give colleagues in the field the opportunity to share and brainstorm new partnerships, financing mechanisms and other tools for land conservation in Maine.

Maine Department of Agriculture (2008)

The Maine Department of Agriculture engages in several activities that overlap with the Maine Farmland Trust. We were hired to facilitate a full-day retreat of leaders from these two organizations to discuss how to coordinate activities most effectively.

Maine Downtown Center (2008-2009)

Van Buren is a small community on the St. John River in Northern Maine with a downtown that has been in decline over the past 40 years. Now designated a Main Street Maine downtown, community leaders are taking steps to reverse the trend. We have been hired by the Maine Downtown Center to help with strategic planning, downtown revitalization training, and related activities.

Maine Downtown Center (2008-Fall)

We created an online resource library for the Maine Downtown Center to assist the organization in its mission of fostering downtown development that is dynamic and community-based, and that results in economic development, business growth, job creation, housing revitalization, historic preservation, and cultural enhancement. Maine downtowns of all sizes can access the downtown revitalization information from this online resource library.

Maine Downtown Center (2008-late Winter)

We facilitated a full-day retreat of the Maine Downtown Center Advisory Council, a diverse group of leaders who lend advice on how to foster the vitality of Maine’s precious downtowns. We helped them examine the past year’s activities and establish priorities for the next year and years to come.

Maine Downtown Center (2008-Spring)

The Maine Downtown Center administers the National Main Street Program here in Maine. They hired us to work with Main Street organizations in both Skowhegan and Livermore Falls. In Skowhegan, we interviewed all members of the board, and facilitated a full-day board retreat to work on organizational development issues. In Livermore Falls, we facilitated a full-day retreat that will result in a strategic plan.

Maine Environmental Funders Network (2008)

The Environmental Funders Network (EFN), an alliance of Maine-based foundations with environmental interests, helps to identify and create ways to improve and sustain Maine’s natural environment. We were hired to facilitate two meetings which explored potential collaborations around the theme of “Quality of Place.” Members discussed how the environmental philanthropic community can work together to improve the quality of Maine’s environment.

Maine Global Warming Action Coalition (2008)

The Maine Global Warming Action Coalition is administered by the Natural Resources Council of Maine and consists of twenty nonprofit organizations concerned with global warming. They came together to discuss a common agenda and how best to work with each other. In addition to facilitating a meeting, we also helped with an advance survey of all coalition members and we prepared a summary report.

Maine Interfaith Power and Light (2008)

Inspired by diverse faith perspectives, Maine Interfaith Power and Light works to protect the natural world from climate change by engaging the faith communities and people of Maine in energy conservation and the use of clean, renewable energy. They hired us to help the board establish strategic direction and work on specific issues.

Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (2008)

The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) hired us to facilitate a discussion among the MOFGA board of directors and the board of directors of MOFGA Certification Services, LLC, the wholly-owned subsidiary of MOFGA that certifies organic farmers on behalf of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Maine Primary Care Association (2008)

The Maine Primary Care Association works to strengthen and sustain Maine’s Primary Care Safety Net, providing high quality health care to underserved populations in Maine. We facilitated a board retreat, and prepared a complete meeting report that will serve as the basis of a strategic plan.

Maine Sustainable Agriculture Society (2008)

The Maine Sustainable Agriculture Society explores, develops and promotes agricultural systems and practices that allow Maine farmers to retain a greater share of consumer expenditures for farm products. We facilitated a half-day board retreat focused on strategic planning. In advance of the retreat, we interviewed each board member and prepared a report of the findings which informed the discussion around the future direction of the organization. Six months after the planning retreat, we facilitated a follow-up board retreat.

Merriconeag Waldorf School (2005-2009)

In various capacities, including volunteer Board Chair, Craig has served as a consultant to the Merriconeag Waldorf School parents, faculty, and board members on issues including the school’s overall growth and development and specific projects.

Mid-Coast Resource Development Center (2008)

Craig delivered a keynote address entitled What’s Next? Same Old or New and Different? This fits with this year’s annual conference theme: Come to Camp for Change. It was an interactive discussion of how we welcome change, or not.

New England Forestry Foundation (2008)

The New England Forestry Foundation is dedicated to providing for the conservation and ecologically sound management of privately owned forestlands in New England and beyond. We were hired to conduct a strategic planning board retreat.

Northern Forest Center (2008)

The Northern Forest Center convened a two-day conference to advance recommendations of the sustainable economy initiative. One hundred people from Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and New York convened to develop consensus on top-priority activities to advance the Northern Forest economy in a sustainable manner. We were hired to facilitate the Regional Coordination and Advocacy Work Group.

Penobscot Community Health Care (2008)

Penobscot Community Health Care is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) serving the 38 towns of greater Bangor. Its mission is to provide access, regardless of ability to pay, for people of the region to quality community health care services, and to promote access for all in Maine. We were hired to facilitate a retreat of board members to launch the development of PCHC’s strategic plan.

Pentucket Regional School District (2008)

The Pentucket Regional School District, serving the towns of Groveland, Merrimac and West Newbury, Massachusetts, hired us to facilitate a four-hour meeting of the school committee where we developed annual priorities and operating guidelines. In addition, they hired us to work with the administrative team consisting of the superintendent and six principals, to refine roles and responsibilities.

Portland Public Health (2008)

The Public Health Division of the City of Portland hired us to help them develop a strategic plan. We interviewed key stakeholders and facilitated a series of management meetings that resulted in a prioritized list of activities to be done over the next three years. The plan contains specific performance measures with data presented graphically.

Portland Symphony Orchestra (2008)

The Portland Symphony Orchestra recognizes and takes seriously its role as a leading community educator about orchestral music. To be most effective, the orchestra wanted to nurture collaborative relationships with music educators and organizational partners from throughout the community. We were hired to facilitate a Music Educators and Organizational Partners Forum to brainstorm and prioritize ideas.

Quality Review Council (2005-2012)

The Quality Review Council is established by state law to review homecare services provided by Elder Independence of Maine. The Council reviews quality reports and also works on short-term, high priority projects to improve home care. We were retained to facilitate all regular meetings of the Council.

R.H. Foster Energy, LLC (2008)

R.H. Foster Energy, LLC of Hamden, Maine, with about 370 employees, operates convenience stores, transports oil and propane, and provides energy services and sales. Like last year, they hired us again to facilitate a full-day retreat of 25 managers to review 2007 initiatives and establish a strategic plan for 2008. The day was a productive mix of critical decision-making and fun team building. We prepared a complete report to serve as a preliminary strategic plan.

Redington-Fairview General Hospital (2008)

We were engaged to facilitate a mission retreat by Redington-Fairview General Hospital, an independent community hospital located in Skowhegan, Maine, that has provided quality, comprehensive health services to the residents of Somerset County since 1952. At the retreat we helped the organization develop a mission statement that is simple, understandable and compels enthusiasm.

School Administrative District #37 (2007 & 2008)

We were hired by two Maine school districts, the Machias School District and School Administrative District #37, to facilitate a series of meetings and try to broker an agreement to jointly govern a regional High School.

Topsham Development, Inc. (2008)

The directors of both the Brunswick Economic Development Corporation and Topsham Development, Inc. convened a workshop on design and impact issues, opportunities, and challenges presented by the potential development of a midcoast regional business park. Through the workshop, the two organizations solicited public comments and ideas regarding how design standards might be used to manage appearance, community and environmental impacts, and even what sorts of business tenants should be targeted to align with such standards. We were hired to facilitate the workshop and prepare a report.

Transformit (2008)

Transformit is a Maine-based company that produces and installs interior tension fabric structures for companies and events around the globe, and is known as the artistic and technical leader in tension-fabric structures. They hired us to facilitate a full-day retreat of managers designed to improve team effectiveness and build leadership capacity.

United Way of Greater Portland (2008)

Given how much United Way staff are involved in facilitating meetings both internally and externally, they invested in a full day of meeting facilitation training. We discussed principles, techniques, and even did some fun role-playing.

University of New England (2008)

The Colleges of Arts and Sciences at the University of New England hired us to work on organizational issues within a particular department. Our work involved individual interviews followed by a full-day retreat.

Volunteers of America Northern New England (2008-Fall)

Working in partnership with government agencies, businesses, individuals, and other nonprofit organizations, this VOA chapter seeks to meet the most pressing social needs in the communities it serves in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. We facilitated a day-long board retreat to establish the future vision of the organization, which will inform the staff in shaping an upcoming strategic planning effort.

Volunteers of America Northern New England (2008-Fall)

Volunteers of America Northern New England hired us to facilitate a two-day conference called Fertile Ground, the purpose of which was to help communities look beyond traditional types of support to find solutions that will sustain social impact into the future. Good Group Decisions managed several facilitators for breakout sessions and also prepared a summary report of the conference. Click here for the Fertile Ground website.

Volunteers of America Northern New England (2008-late Winter)

For more than 100 years, Volunteers of America has partnered with individuals and organizations to serve those in need. Their goal is to transform lives and involve people in serving their community. Volunteers of America Northern New England hired us for two projects: to facilitate a meeting of Information Technology experts to advise them on future IT investments, and to facilitate meetings of the Senior Team.

Volunteers of America Northern New England (2008-Spring & Summer)

Leaders of community justice projects in Androscoggin, Lincoln and Sagadahoc Counties are collaborating to form a tri-county effort to promote safe communities by reducing crime and violence. We were hired by Volunteers of America to facilitate initial organizational meetings of the Tri-County Justice Project and prepare summary reports.

York County Community Action Corporation (2008)

The Transportation Program of the York County Community Action Corporation promotes self-sufficiency by providing York County residents with a means to get to work and/or services and resources which otherwise would not be accessible. We facilitated the Annual Transportation Gathering, a half-day retreat where employees focused on improving how they work together as a team and serve their customers.