Most complex problems won't be solved by only one person or organization

Rethinking Traditional Operations

Many (most?) organizations and "collaborations" are organized like a spindle clock: one group or person at the center to whom all other individuals or groups report on a regular basis. In practice, this might be a staff meeting, a monthly Board meeting, a quarterly industry meeting, where every individual or subcommittee shows up and provides their report. Then the meeting ends, and everyone goes back to their respective circles silos. What's missing? Connections among all the players. We like to help groups make those connections, and get real stuff done.


To move the needle in big ways on big problems, whether they are internal to an organization, or major social problems, everyone must play their role. That means we blow up traditional "spindled" models, understanding that every player should be connected to every other player through continuous communication. Resources are aligned and duplication eliminated. Data are shared instead of hoarded, and therefore, successes are replicated and scaled. The key? Effective innovation should be rewarded more than competition. It's messier and harder, but it's more realistic. Real impact requires all stakeholders to play their unique part.


  • Research and case building
  • Project management and related tools
  • Strategic planning
  • Backbone functions
  • Data and policy analysis
  • Grant & business plan writing
  • Survey construction and analysis
  • Meeting facilitation and instruction
  • Reports and white papers

Areas of Expertise

  • Advocacy & Government Relations
  • Consensus building
  • Nonprofit management
  • Philanthropic best practices
  • Process improvement
  • Public Policy: Health, budget
  • Social determinants of health
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Systems theory and development
  • Writing: Grants, reports

Available to Serve

Based in Central Illinois*

  • Higher education institutions
  • Inter-organizational and cross-sector collaborations
  • Philanthropic organizations
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • *Available for travel around the US
  • *Equipped to work remotely

Clients Past & Present