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The BIG Summer Update! The BIG Summer Update!
Common Ground Consulting LLC
Common Ground Email News Update for Summer 2007
Learning And Growing Each Day From Every Moment And Every Experience

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 community; and it's been very successful with participation from our friends and clients around the world. This month, you'll find 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 individuals who 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!"

Lisa Scott
Project Manager

Mentor Resource Center
& EMT Associates

We hope you'll participate in our online dialogue and share your passion, wisdom, and experience. Please use the blog to ask questions and post your thoughts, ideas, and feedback.

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 position and 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 our blog.

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"When work, commitment, and pleasure all become one and you reach that deep well where passion lives, nothing is impossible." Anonymous

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 your support!

This summer has been full of really exciting projects. In 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 Common Ground.

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 school.

In Bruges, Belgium two weeks ago, Common Ground conducted a three-day Training of Trainers for members of the European AIDS Treatment Group (EATG).

We hope you'll read our blog for more details about all of these projects. Click on the link to your left.

If you haven't visited our main website yet, we hope you'll also take a look at that. 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 then create a password.

After that simple step, you'll have access to dozens of fully downloadable resources (many new resources just added!) to help you in your work. You'll also be able to view our snapshots gallery; and we'll be able to involve you directly in our cutting-edge work around the world!

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Remember, "There is nothing like a dream to create the future."

In Community, Craig

Craig A. Bowman, President
Common Ground Consulting LLC

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