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Transitioning of Executive Director

The Quilt
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.

Governance Model

HELIN Library Consortium

HELIN, a regional higher education library network, wanted to redesign its governance model and align its committees to the go-forward strategic priorities as outlined in its strategic plan. The project built a hybrid governance model drawn, in part, from these sources:
1. High Performing Governance by New Commons 
2. Board Policy Manual by Michigan Library Consortium
3. HELIN Strategic Plan Framework
4. Crafting a Charter to Help People Work in Groups by New Commons

Staff Change Process and Strategy

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:
• Provide guidance on the production of the staff interview summary
• Designed the retreat
• Facilitated the retreat using a 2-person team of facilitator and visualizer
• Integrated the retreat outcomes into a summary report
• Debrief meeting with the change team that planned the process

Advancing the Green Economy

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.

Leadership for Change

Boston College
Timeline: 1994 to Present
Robert Leaver is a co-founding partner in Boston College's Leadership for Change program, a graduate-level seminar offering within BC's Winston Center for Leadership and Ethics.

Each Spring Leadership for Change recruits a learning community of participants who integrate responsible and accountable leadership skills into their workplace. Each cohort of twenty-five working professionals meets for eleven monthly learning modules, workshops, and team meetings starting in September.

Participants of Leadership for Change represent several levels of leadership and different sectors of business and society that include race, ethnicity, culture, age and gender. Such diversity and collaboration of experiences and skills create a microcosm of society and a strong learning community.

Next Generation of Leaders

Providence Foundation

In 1992, New Commons helped the Providence Foundation convene a series of workshops to create a vision of Providence in the year 2010. In 2009, Providence Foundation again convened a series of workshops to envision a future Providence. This time, the foundation invited young and emerging leaders to share their thoughts on what Providence could be in 2030.

Participants came from large and small businesses, non-profit and advocacy organizations, and from within city government. In late July, the emerging leaders presented their vision document to the Providence Foundation's Board of Directors. The vision was subsequently presented at Pecha Kucha Night: Providence. At present, the visioning process is in transition to become a network that can begin to implement some aspects of the vision. 

Strategic Planning- Northeast Sustainable Energy Association

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.

Family Service of RI

Timeline: 1985 to 2009

This is RI's largest and fastest growing comprehensive human service organization that responds creatively to the unmet needs of individuals, families, and the community by building partnerships that help people help themselves: Projects included strategic planning, coaching, team building, and organizational structure to the states.

NRI Community Services

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.

Rhode Island Housing Corporation

Timeline: 1994 to 2010
RI Housing serves as the state's Housing Mortgage and Finance Corporation. New Commons has provided ongoing strategic planning (3 plans); network structure to respond to cities, towns, and for-profit developers; coaching; and professional development. Current major focus is sustainable development sustainable homes.
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