About

Who I am

Consultant, organizer, facilitator, writer.

My sole focus is on supporting those making social change: accountability campaigners and reform advocates, local organizers and activists, development and humanitarian aid organizations, donors and multilateral agencies, and their many partners. I work with leaders to shift their organizations and their sectors toward greater impact.

Consulting Services

What I Do

Advisory

Not an injection of specific expertise, but a thought partnership to navigate difficult issues. I’m here to help you (and your team) understand a problem or opportunity, and find a pathway through it.

Facilitation

Bring people together around a common goal, with the right data, and provide a structure for the conversation: that’s the core of facilitation, whether in a single workshop, in a virtual space, or over the course of a program.

Synthesis

For the hardest problems, analysis—separating the whole into its constituent elements—is only a precursor to the creative synthesis that puts the parts back together in a useful way, surfacing new connections that make change possible.

How I Work

My consulting starts with no set toolkit or preferred methodologies. Standardization brings efficiency, but effectiveness requires adaptation and equity only comes from participation—both of which are messy. So each engagement draws on a mix of approaches from strategy design, adaptive management, organizational learning, complexity thinking, political organizing, and more. Some projects are short and focused, others ebb and flow over a year or more. I’m a one-person shop, with all the flexibility that brings, and I work in partnership when other skills are needed.

Blog

Praxis

Want a learning culture to take root? Approach it sideways.

The social change sectors love learning. Being a learning organization, fostering learning, learning and adaptation, adaptive learning. It has many…

Photo of protest sign: "We may have all come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now. - MLK". #NoBanNoWall protest, New York City, 1/29/17. Photo: Dave Algoso. (CC BY 4.0)

One year on: Building the politics we want to see

Hi everyone: I’ve been aiming to write for larger audiences, both out of aspirations to influence broader debates and because standalone…

Co-Conspirators

Experience

Common Cause | Feedback Labs | Fund for Public Interest Research (State PIRGS) | Global Integrity | International Rescue Committee | Mercy Corps | Natural Resources Governance Institute | Open Contracting Partnership | Oxfam America | Reboot | Save the Children | Transparency and Accountability Initiative | UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) | US Agency for International Development (USAID) | World Bank