Our Approach

Our approach is grounded by our experience working with low-income people and communities of color.

We believe working towards an equitable and sustainable future means thinking and working in new ways. It means reimagining how power and resources are shared. It means creating new systems and structures that redefine how institutions partner with the people they serve. We approach our core service areas using a variety of methods and tools.


Organizational Development

In order to support nonprofit organizations with their mergers, collaborations, growth strategies, and sustainability goals, we employ consensus-based decision-making group processes to ensure that key stakeholders are engaged and are bought into processes and decisions at the highest levels. Using processes that prioritize common ground and align stakeholders around decisions allows organizations to move forward with strong stakeholder support that discourages internal politics, silos, and disengagement, while promoting transparency, shared direction, and unified action.

 

Community Development

Our community development work uplifts strategies that promote place-based equity and environmental sustainability. We focus on policy analysis, assessment, implementation and evaluation to ensure that good ideas make change at a meaningful scale. Our practice involves engaging the people who are supposed to benefit from visionary initiatives to ensure that both policies and processes are tailored to achieve clients goals. We use techniques such as targeted universalism and policy readiness assessments to help our clients define their equity goals and take strategic risks with clear metrics to assess progress.

 

Economic Development

We uplift restorative business practices that help enable economic empowerment for business owners, workers, and consumers. We do this by uplifting approaches grounded in co-operative economics. When applied, cooperative economic principles can support self-sufficiency, sustainability, and the growth of businesses and economies in ethical ways. Employing these principals allows workers, consumers, and community members at large to support sustainable business, while economically empowering the community.