Archive for May, 2011

Are we speaking the same language?

Posted by | May 31, 2011 | Blog | 2 Comments

Many of us are talking about creating vibrant sustainable public spaces…building stronger communities…making local-living possible again….  But are we speaking the same language?

A recent attempt to construct a new branch public library two blocks from where I live and work was nearly shut down by community activists because the project did not seem to include a commitment to local hiring.

The New Normal

Posted by | May 23, 2011 | Blog | 3 Comments

This is what it feels like to be in the eye of the storm. Right where we stand, three global problems swirl around us – economic inequality and decline, global warming, and the mounting costs of war and militarism. Some people we know are going through life with their heads down, unable to plan, hoping that things return to “normal” soon. But our world has changed forever. There’s no going home again. This is the New Normal. The fact is, home wasn’t such a great place anyway. It was built on borrowed money and time and we’re paying the price.

The Art of Building Consensus in Groups

Posted by | May 18, 2011 | 11:30 am - 12:30 pm, Sessions | 0 Comments

Sam Kaner, executive director, Community at Work

We know it is good to involve diverse stakeholders and make decisions with high levels of participation. However, these groups can be awfully tough to work with—and knowledge about dealing effectively with difficult group dynamics can be hard to come by. This engaging presentation will deepen your understanding of participatory decision making in the real world. Sam Kaner is a leading expert on collaboration and the author of one of the all-time bestselling books on group facilitation.

Elyse Napolitano

Posted by | May 18, 2011 | Current Boot Camp Presenters, N, Speakers | 0 Comments

Elyse Napolitano is a certified Professional Coach, trained in both individual and organizational coaching, who believes businesses are most effective when they view creativity and inspiration as assets for growth. Through her coaching practice, Elyse works with entrepreneurs to couple their creativity with rigorous planning processes to move them towards (and beyond) their vision. Before opening her practice 9 years ago, Elyse spent 15 years developing innovative marketing campaigns in creative agencies, nonprofits, and startups. Elyse holds a BA from Middlebury College and is certified through the Coaches Training Institute. She has served on the Board of the San Francisco Chapter of the Association of Corporate Growth (ACG), and she co-founded the nonprofit Bay Area Business Advisors Consortium to support budding Bay Area entrepreneurs.
Action Labs

Catherine Houdek

Posted by | May 18, 2011 | Current Boot Camp Presenters, H, Speakers | 0 Comments

Catherine Houdek is a certified Meeting Facilitator, Trainer and Professional Coach. In her private coaching practice, Catherine specializes in working with solopreneurs and artists. She brings integrity, accountability and rigorous compassion to all of her clients, while at the same time challenging them to be more than they ever thought was possible. Catherine was born in New Zealand and grew up in the US. Prior to moving back, Catherine worked in IT as a trainer and as a consultant in a PR and Communications agency. Catherine holds a BA in Psychology from Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand. She served as the Organizer for a MeetUp group for the Institute of Management Consultants and she was on the Board of the Strong Neighborhood Initiative within her neighborhood.
Action Labs

Sam Kaner

Posted by | May 17, 2011 | Current Boot Camp Presenters, K, Speakers | 0 Comments

Sam Kaner, PhD, has been named as “one of the world’s leading experts in collaboration” (source: Sandor Schuman, Ph.D., founding editor of the Journal of Group Facilitation and editor of several textbooks on collaboration and group facilitation.) Sam’s classic bestseller, Facilitator’s Guide to Participatory Decision-Making has gone through 19 printings and is now in its 2nd edition. Sam’s social sector clients have included the California Supreme Court, United Nations, March of Dimes, Special Olympics, World Bank, Omidyar Network, Virgin Unite, Annie E. Casey Foundation, and many foundations, community-based organizations, universities, government agencies and multi-stakeholder initiatives.


Sam has been a featured speaker at more than 40 professional conferences, including several years at IAF North America. Since 1987 he has been the executive director of Community At Work, a San Francisco-based consulting firm that specializes in designing and facilitating collaborative approaches to complex system change.

The Art of Building Consensus in Groups

Creating a Shared Vision for a Community

Posted by | May 16, 2011 | 1:30 - 2:30 pm, Blog, Sessions | 0 Comments

Marsha Murrington, senior program officer, Bay Area Local Initiatives Support Corporation | Roque Barros, director of community building, Jacobs Family Foundation | David Kakishiba, executive director, East Bay Asian Youth Center

To create a vision for the future and long-term change in a community, it’s essential to have a strong, well-conceived community engagement plan and process that allows the voices within the community to be heard. Having outsiders and experts apply their values and preconceived notions of what a community needs is a recipe for failure. This session is led by three skilled change agents, with experiences working across boundaries in a variety of  communities. They will share their insights, stories, and approaches for bringing people of diverse backgrounds, cultures, and generations together to envision what they want their neighborhoods and communities to become, determine priorities, address problems and issues, and take greater responsibility for where they live, work, and play.

Nicci Noble

Posted by | May 16, 2011 | Current Boot Camp Presenters, N, Speakers | 0 Comments

Nicci Noble, CFRE is President of Noble Services LLC, an online fundraising, communications, marketing, and technology consulting company helping nonprofits better leverage technology and the Internet in their communication and fundraising efforts. Noble is best known for her work at The Salvation Army, where she expanded their web presence and pioneered its online communication and fundraising efforts. Additionally, Noble created and implemented the first American online giving programs for Christmas and disaster campaigns, as well as The Salvation Army USA’s Facebook Application to promote the Online Red Kettle. She also frequently presents across the country at fundraising and technology conferences, authored a chapter in the Jossey-Bass book, People to People Fundraising: Social Networking and Web 2.0 for Charities, and most recently wrote a chapter in the new Jossey-Bass book Nonprofit Management 101: A Field Guide for Social Sector Professionals.

Top Ten Fundraising Tips

Anna Bloom

Posted by | May 16, 2011 | B, Current Boot Camp Presenters, Speakers | 0 Comments

Anna Bloom has worked as a reporter and researcher for news organizations ranging from local newspapers to national websites. After graduating from UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism in 2010, she worked for YouTube to launch an innovative news project documenting the Bay Area with user-generated video. Prior to that, she regularly contributed to The New York Times Bay Area Blog and co-founded a hyper-local news site for Oakland in 2008.
Cross-Sector Collaboration

Joel Mahoney

Posted by | May 16, 2011 | Current Boot Camp Presenters, M, Speakers | 0 Comments

Joel Mahoney has been designing and developing web applications since 1999. He is a Certified Scrum Master and has served as the COO and CTO of multiple start-up companies. Recently, he was the lead architect of Pandoxa, a citizen-engagement platform for the 2010 California Special Election. He holds a BA from Bates College in Lewiston, ME, and a MA from St. John’s College in Santa Fe, NM.

Cross-Sector Collaboration