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The BIG Summer Update!
The BIG Summer Update!
Common Ground Email News Update for Summer 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
it's been very successful with participation from our
friends and clients around the world. This month,
many new posts from our work in Belgium, Serbia,
Macedonia and the United States.
"Craig has worked as a consultant with EMT for
several years and has
always delivered superior services. He is responsive,
timely, and has a
highly diversified knowledge base--one of those rare
can write, facilitate, and present workshops and
keynotes equally well. His
knowledge of organizational development is
unsurpassed and he makes
complex subjects easy to understand and implement.
He delivers the best
diversity workshop I've seen.
Conference management is a major part of my job and
working with Craig is
enjoyable and uncomplicated. He is truly a joy to work
with before, during
and after events. He is always one of our highest rated
presenters and I
cannot recommend him highly enough!"
Mentor Resource Center
We hope you'll participate in our online dialogue and
your passion, wisdom, and experience. Please use
blog to ask questions and post your thoughts,
Growth & Expansion
This summer, we've been focusing on our
infrastructure at Common Ground and have made a
few changes that will add benefit to the overall client
experience. We've created a part-time operations
entered into contractual relationships with a few key
consulting partners. Working for us, these partners will
enable Common ground to offer even more
specialized social profit services. We're also migrating
all of our clients into a cutting-edge, web-based
project management tool in order to improve efficiency
and better manage our client services. You can read
about all of these exciting changes in more detail on
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Thanks to everyone who has written or called recently!
After writing about our transition to full-time consulting
in last month's newsletter, many of you sent along
your wishes for our success. We're very grateful for
This summer has been full of really exciting projects.
Seattle, we finished up a series of Mentoring
Resource Center Technical Assistance
Conferences for which I
was asked to provide a closing keynote and had the
chance to work with many
great youth mentoring programs in my sustainability
and diversity workshops.
Over the coming months, we'll be providing on-site
technical assistance and training to thirteen mentoring
programs; and offering several one-day "Trainings
By Request" to mentoring grantees of the
Department of Education.
We also spent time in Bedford County, PA working on
an exciting community-wide effort to expand the
resources available for meeting the needs of youth
and families. We conducted focus groups, provided
training, and sparked critical dialogue.
We conducted diversity training in Camp Hill, PA;
assessed a key partner in a new Compassion Capital-
funded project to enrich the work of the Baltimore
Homeless Youth Initiative; and keynoted a conference
in Detroit for Mentor Michigan.
We also began a new long-term international project
in Serbia as a consultant for the Institute for
Sustainable Communities' USAID-funded "Civil
Society Advocacy Initiative (CSAI)." This new
project builds upon the successful relationship that
exists between ISC's Macedonia program and
Also while in Serbia, Common Ground confirmed that
with support from the U.S. Department of
State, we will once again be providing leadership
to the planning of the International Summer
School to Stop AIDS
(ISSSA), which will takes place in Serbia.
We'll be the primary architects for the curriculum and
educational aspects of this 11-year old
In Bruges, Belgium two weeks ago, Common Ground
conducted a three-day Training of Trainers for
members of the European AIDS Treatment Group
We hope you'll read our blog for more details about all
these projects. Click on the link to your left.
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For almost two decades, Common Ground Consulting
been providing mission-critical consulting services to
profit organizations. We look forward to strengthening
relationship with you.
nothing like a dream to create the future."
In Community, Craig
Craig A. Bowman, President
Common Ground Consulting LLC