Timeline: Aug 2009 - Dec 2009
The Quilt is the national association of regional IT collaboratives, including our clients OSHEAN, MAGPI and MCNC.
The Quilt seeks to be a dynamic forum where leaders from throughout the advanced research and education network community build on the intellectual capital and best practices of network service providers worldwide.
In this project, The Quilt, wanted to move forward on several strategic and organizational fronts. The primary focus of this effort was to implement a strategic action plan to transition to organization from an interim executive director to a permanent hire. Our role was to facilitate, coach and help manage the process.
United Way of RI
Timeline: 3 months
On December 4, 2009, New Commons began working with United Way of RI to design a process for all staff to re-engage in the process of change begun some years ago, but put on hold during the move and reorganization. The centerpiece of this process was a day-long retreat held in January.
New Commons delivered the following:
â€¢ Provide guidance on the production of the staff interview summary
â€¢ Designed the retreat
â€¢ Facilitated the retreat using a 2-person team of facilitator and visualizer
â€¢ Integrated the retreat outcomes into a summary report
â€¢ Debrief meeting with the change team that planned the process
Jeweler's Board of Trade
Timeline: 10 months
Outcomes desired are:
Our process to achieve this was:
RI Economic Development Corporation
Timeline: September 2009 to March 2010
New Commons was honored to have been selected to facilitate this crucially important project. The project included two initial phases with the third still under consideration.
Phase One involved a comprehensive process of multiple stakeholder meetings to develop core input. Foundational work completed at an earlier roundtable event identified four "acceleration initiatives" and New Commons organized and facilitated workshops for each. We also facilitated follow-up sessions that dug deep into areas of overlap, producing a set of "meta-projects" that are currently under way (comprehensive energy strategy, access to capital for green companies, workforce development).
Phase Two involved an extensive drafting and editing process to create the actual roadmap, both the summary version and the full, 20-page verion. This included a graphical layout with the addition of some images.
Phase Three is currently evolving a network of partners to develop capabilities and take 'ownership' of specific projects.
Timeline: January 2010 to April 2010
Based in part on our ongoing work with OSHEAN here in RI, its counterpart in the Philadelphia region, MAGPI, held its first “Member Advisory Meeting” on March 22, 2010.
New Commons produced three deliverables for the meeting:
Timeline: March 2009 to May 2009
On an annual basis, EPSCoR hosts a Diversity Workshop for a variety of stakeholders to further augment their efforts to attract and retain students of color in the STEM disciplines.
Michelle Gonzalez of New Commons was engaged to facilitate the workshop in order to enhance the sustainability of this project. In previous years the Diversity Workshop engaged participants in principles of diversity, but didn't create a plan to further make the diversity initiative a systemic one.
The agenda started with a panel presentation from the following individuals to futher amplify the question of "What is diversity and how do we harness this initiative for our students?"
Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA)
Timeline: July 2007 to July 2009
This professional association is for practitioners who are furthering green and sustainable buildings and communities. In 1994, a design charrette was done to build a new sustainable building for their headquarters. Recently, New Commons was engaged in a strategic planning and a governance process.
RI Dept. of Statewide Planning
Timeline: 2006 to 2008
Today, design and design mindfulness are critical capabilities and dimensions of planning especially in relation to the creation of liveable and sustainable economies and built environments. The intention of the Statewide Planning design project is to begin reframing Statewide Planning's approach to economic development policies and planning by understanding and creating design capability within the agency. Following this initial pilot, it is intended to expand the adoption of design into other planning areas including implementation of the Land Use 2025 plan.
City of Providence
Timeline: 2005 to 2008
This is a citywide, human and technology network for the Mayor of Providence that connects jobs to people, people to jobs, businesses to each other, and to opportunities: Involved with implementation of this initiative through outreach and coordination.
Timeline: 2005 to 2006
This is a full service community-based organization, including housing: A strategic planning process as well as a program on innovation and entrepreneurship for the leadership team.
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