Pursuing with Purpose

By Jennifer ShepherdProjects

PURSUING WITH PURPOSE Clarifying Personal Calling and Vision   1 2 3 4 CHALLENGE The founder of Dandelion Dance Company was feeling pulled in different directions and needed clarity and perspective to quickly make important decisions she had struggled with for months. SOLUTION We created storyboards together of her calling and vision. In the process, … Read More

Engaging the Audience

By Jennifer ShepherdProjects

ENGAGING THE AUDIENCE Developing a TV Show Concept   1 2 CHALLENGE A producer at Rogers Community Television was developing a concept for a new show. He needed a fun and innovative way to tell the story of what the show was about and quickly convey the personality of the show’s dynamic host. SOLUTION Living … Read More

Discovering Common Intent

By Jennifer ShepherdProjects

DISCOVERING COMMON INTENT Creating an Ecosystem of Innovation Labs and Hubs   1 2 3 4 5 6 CHALLENGE Canada’s federal government has set an ambitious innovation agenda, and there are both emerging and established innovation labs and hubs scattered among federal departments. Leaders at Industry, Science, and Economic Development Canada saw an opportunity to … Read More

Building Strong Connections

By Jennifer ShepherdProjects

BUILDING STRONG CONNECTIONS Promoting Wellness and Belonging in Community Housing   CHALLENGE Partners in housing, health services, and community services convened a forum to build a common understanding of the role and impact of belonging and place-based collaborative approaches in supporting the well-being of communities and individuals living with mental health and addiction challenges. They saw … Read More

Engaging in Dialogue

By Jennifer ShepherdProjects

ENGAGING IN DIALOGUE Supporting Reconciliation through the Arts   1 2 3 CHALLENGE The Canada Council for the Arts is administering {Re}conciliation – a “groundbreaking initiative which aims to promote artistic collaborations that look to the past and future for new dialogues between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples in Canada”. In its inaugural year, the three … Read More

Planning Strategic Direction

By Jennifer ShepherdProjects

PLANNING STRATEGIC DIRECTION Supporting Healthy Communities   CHALLENGE The Ottawa Community Housing Foundation was embarking on its inaugural strategic planning process. The Executive Director needed to build collective knowledge and consciousness among Board members, staff, community partners and tenants and begin to collaboratively develop a powerful vision, mission, and guiding principles for the Foundation. SOLUTION … Read More

Creating Shared Vision

By Jennifer ShepherdProjects

CREATING SHARED VISION Preserving Watershed Health CHALLENGE The Ottawa Riverkeeper convened a summit bringing together hundreds of stakeholders from across the Ottawa River watershed for the very first time. The goal was to create a shared vision to preserve the health of the watershed and grow momentum to support a declaration. SOLUTION Collaborating with the … Read More

Understanding and Renewing Organization Culture

By Jennifer ShepherdProjects

PLANNING STRATEGIC DIRECTION Defining Excellence at Payments Canada   1 2 CHALLENGE The Canadian Payments Association (now Payments Canada) undertook an organizational renewal process. Staff from two offices were moving into one building and they wished to cultivate a shared culture of excellence. SOLUTION Working collaboratively with an internal leader, we co-designed and co-facilitated engagement … Read More

Strengthening Partnership in Action

By Jennifer ShepherdProjects

STRENGTHENING PARTNERSHIP IN ACTION Finding Common Ground   CHALLENGE The Ottawa Police Service and the Coalition of Community Health and Resource Centres wished to strengthen their partnership to foster healthy, safe, and sustainable communities in Ottawa. SOLUTION We crafted reflective questions for a World Café conversation, synthesized ideas from over 75 participants in real time, … Read More

Explaining a New Business Model

By Jennifer ShepherdProjects

EXPLAINING A NEW BUSINESS MODEL Pitching the Community Food Hub to Funders   1 2 3 4 5 6 CHALLENGE Just Food developed a viable model to address a complex food systems issue with partners. They needed to quickly explain the business model to potential funders so they could easily grasp what the new enterprise … Read More