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Big News from Common Ground Consulting!
Big News from Common Ground Consulting!
Common Ground Email News Update for Early 2007!
The Common Ground Blog
We began the CG Blog (separate from our main CG
website) in an
effort to create a vibrant online social profit
its been very successful with participation from our
friends and clients around the world. This month,
many new posts from our work with Department of
Education Mentoring Grantees.
"Craig, before you came, we were in dire
straits facing an overwhelming transition in our
The Board definitely felt
Then, you arrived.
the tension and apprehension about dealing with all
these changes began to dissipate.
days, you really helped us all to regain our footing
and begin strategizing a plan that we could all live
with - the Board and the staff. You helped us find
common ground in a time when we were having
trouble with simple communication and planning.
You really saved the day and put us on the right
I believe we will be able to survive this
challenging time, succeed beyond our dreams and
sustain our vision into the future thanks to your
guidance. Of course to do that, more than one of us
says WWCD (What Would Craig Do) at least once a
day. Thanks for everything!"
We hope you'll participate in our online dialogue and
your passion, wisdom, and experience. Please use
website to ask questions and post your thoughts,
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Gandhi taught us that "The future depends on what we
do in the present."
Its great to be writing to you again! Over the last few
months, I've been positively overwhelmed by the
transition from part-time executive director and part-
time consultant to full-time President of Common
Ground Consulting LLC.
At the end of April, I left my wonderful job as the
executive director of the National Youth
Coalition (NYAC) where I've been since 2000,
jumping out of my comfort zone into the arena of
international and domestic organizational
I've never been busier in my life, but the work is some
of the most rewarding of my career. I've been blessed
with amazing and supportive family, friends and
colleagues, and I am so thankful for all of your
wisdom, advice, and support.
This spring, we've worked in five countries
England and Bosnia for the first time) and more
a dozen U.S. cities (with our first project in the
gorgeous state of Montana). We've logged
miles on 40 flights, worked with hundreds of youth
development professionals, expanded a nine-month
organizational assessment for the Federal
Employees Education and Assistance Fund,
to launch Crescent Rising--a major new
reconstruction effort for New Orleans, began an
exciting new USAID contract in Serbia, and
than two-dozen unique projects over the coming
We've already hired our first sub-contractors--two
of the best we've worked with over the past 17 years.
Later this summer, we'll be hiring our first part-time
operations staff and moving into new offices in
When I began Common Ground all of those years
ago, I had a vision of the kind of world I wanted to
help create--a world in which every human soul
could live into their power, passion, and potential. I
am an optimist; a dreamer; a hopeful, positive
believer in the best in each of us.
Common Ground is about embracing the
connections that exist between all of us regardless of
where we live or what separates us from our common
I'm grateful for the chance to share this journey with
all of our many clients around the world. I'm looking
forward to an unbelievable future and the opportunity
to live life everyday on the edge of our comfort zone. I
hope you'll join us there!
If you haven't visited our website
yet, I hope you'll take a look. When you get to our site, go
to the login area under "Members" on the left, and enter
the email address where you are receiving this; and create a
After that simple step, you'll have access to dozens of
downloadable resources (many new resources just
added!) to help
also be able to view our snapshots gallery; and I'll be
involve you directly in our cutting-edge work around
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I can't wait for you to get involved in our online community!
For almost two decades, Common Ground Consulting LLC has
been providing mission-critical consulting services to social
profit organizations. We look forward to strengthening our
relationship with you. See you on the web!
In Community, Craig
Craig A. Bowman, President
Common Ground Consulting LLC