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The "Happy New Year!" Common Ground Update
The "Happy New Year!" Common Ground Update
Common Ground Email News Update for Early Winter 2008
EARLY WINTER 2008
The Common Ground Blog
We began the CG Blog (separate from our main
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.
"How can you inspire 40 of the world�s most
young people? Get Craig Bowman. Seriously, contact
but if you attend one of his workshops, get ready to
paradigms and be up late at night passionately
the subject he presents on.
I met Craig at an Echoing Green Fellows' Conference
attended two of his workshops: Fundraising Planning
Courting Major Donors. The room was full with the
most innovative organizations dedicated to social
We all had one thing in mind: how are we going to
Within minutes, Craig was able to instill more passion
already passionate group of leaders. By the end of his
presentation, he had sparked immediate action, we
figured out a way of getting a significant amount of
within a week, but most importantly he was able to turn
enthusiastic and strategic fundraisers. A month has
and as odd as this might sound, Craig's advice,
and insights ignited the 'discovery' of an awesome
sport, fundraising! I've been reading until 3am almost
day and aiming to be the best at it.
You were right Craig, if passion drives you, there is no
but your advice has made the road much smoother.
feeling more creative and driven than ever."
National Environmental Law
Association, San Juan, Puerto Rico
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"Don't ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself
what makes you come alive. And then go and do that.
Because what the world needs is people who have come
alive." - Whitman
There is a cold wind in the air now here in the mid-
Atlantic United States and many of us are becoming
much more reflective as this challenging year draws to
a close. At Common Ground, we're looking forward to
2009 with hope and possibility as our work around the
world continues to grow exponentially.
This year, our staff have worked with more than a
thousand individuals at an unbelievable 45
organizations in more than a half-dozen countries and
15 states! We've logged 140,000+ miles on more
than 110 flights. Thousands of people have visited our
website and blog; and hundreds more have signed up
for our email newsletters.
Click the 'pics' link on the left to view lots of NEW
pictures just added to our website!
More than 90% of all of our work
this year continues to
come from your direct referrals and for that we are
overwhelmed with gratitude. We're so grateful for the
chance to work and live with passion.
Though this has been a tough year for many of us,
we've worked hard to maintain our passion, trust, and
hope. We're exercising our creativity and embracing a
risk-taking spirit. Even in the midst of difficult times, we
saw our nation come together to embrace the notion of
what's possible. At Common Ground, it has caused us
to become more innovative when it comes to the
services and assistance we can offer.
Beginning in 2009, Common Ground Consulting
begin offering Leadership Coaching services to our
social sector clients.
Using telephone and
internet video communications, we'll be able to
you solve tough problems without you having to incur
ever-increasing travel expenses. Of course, we'll still
be on the road with you as often as necessary, but our
hope is that this additional offering will meet some of
your short-term or emergency consulting needs. It has
been our experience that coaching can be especially
effective when combined with our other organizational
development services, making those processes much
To learn more about our new
Leadership Coaching or
to schedule a session before the new year's rush,
please click the 'coaching' link to the left.
At Common Ground, we are also committed to
helping our clients harness the power of
emerging social networks; challenge status quo
change strategies; leverage organizational
charisma; create culture to support mission-critical
goals; and build high-trust
Lately, we've been doing a lot of work in this area; and
much of that recent work has been achieved through
the development of high-impact advocacy campaigns
which include state-of-the-art organizational web
portals. In each case, our goal was to create simple,
effective strategies that provide stakeholders and
constituents with the tools they need to develop their
own micro-movements: small, yet scalable, individual
efforts to affect change in one's own life, a particular
neighborhood, or within a defined community.
If your organization is looking for innovative ways to
tap into the power and creativity of your stakeholders
or you're looking to improve your presence on the
web, please click the 'connect' link to the left to learn
more about what
Common Ground can offer.
Finally this year, please know that we feel honored
and privileged to be even just a small part of your
amazing efforts to make our world more just, more
safe, and more ripe with the spirit of possibility.
May your life be filled
with love, your heart with hope,
and our world with peace.
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about our work and our free social profit resources,
feel free to forward them this email (Click "Forward this
If they are interested, they'll be able to sign-up,
we'll leave them alone. You have our word!
We can't wait for you to get involved in our online
For almost two decades, Common Ground Consulting
been providing mission-critical consulting services to
profit organizations. We look forward to strengthening
relationship with you.
are such things as dreams are made on."
In Community, Craig
Craig A. Bowman, President
Common Ground Consulting LLC