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The New “Slow Communities” Engagement Firm

We are pleased to be able to announce the launch of Slow Communities – a new engagement consulting service offering help to those who know that they need to “go slow to go fast.” Slow Communities was recently founded by Bill Roper, who served for 14 years with one of our partners, the Orton Family Foundation – first as Director of Programs, then as its longest-serving President and CEO. Bill, along with affiliate Barbara Ganley, is now offering his wealth of experience and knowledge as an engagement professional to foundations, non-profits, and municipalities as they work to build and sustain their communities.

Slow Communities will enlist the expertise of these experienced professionals in creative community engagement, planning and convening approaches, effective evaluation strategies and successful governance. In terms of the Slow Communities approach, their website has this to say:

We at Slow Communities have found that the knowledge you need is often right there in your organization, town or professional community, buried or overlooked. We help you to uncover that local expertise and experience by helping you to design open, creative avenues of participation and inclusion. Because perceptions develop quickly and are hard to dispel, careful planning right from the start will not only save you headaches and money later on, but will unleash incredible energy and opportunities for lasting success.

If you believe that great process is essential to great outcomes; if you believe in the wisdom of the crowds; if you want to build your town or organization’s capacity to steer change, then Slow Communities is the partner for you. Let us bring our innovative, effective and even (gasp) fun techniques and thinking to your town, foundation or non-profit.

We encourage you to explore the full list of services that Slow Communities will offer here, or check out their website at www.slowcommunities.org. You can also keep up to date on Slow Communities news by following their blog. We look forward to seeing how this exciting new service adds to our field, and wish Bill and Barbara the best of luck in their new endeavor!

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Roshan Bliss
An inclusiveness trainer and group process facilitator, Roshan Bliss serves as NCDD's Youth Engagement Coordinator and Blog Curator. Combining his belief that decisions are better when everyone is involved with his passion for empowering young people, his work focuses on increasing the involvement of youth and students in public conversations.

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