Connecting to Place
Community Resources, History and Identity
Let us help you bring out the best in both results and people! Community projects rooted in local knowledge and culture are more sustainable—politically, environmentally and economically—than those done from the armchair of an office. Using non-competitive and culturally-sensitive methods, we help you identify, document, and prioritize the shared ideas, spaces and resources key to a community’s health and identity.
"You have created a new community." Susan Burke, Bothell, WA
Focus Group Facilitation
We facilitate small group discussions (8-20 people) using a traditional, non-competitive circle format that brings out the best in people’s knowledge and ideas, raises levels of awareness and compassion, and builds community.
Previous collaborations with: Studio Beju, Duvall, WA; City of Sammamish, WA; North Cascades Institute, Sedro-Woolley, WA; Professionals Council and Graduate Program, Dept. of Urban Design and Planning, UW, Seattle; Swinomish Tribal Community, La Conner, WA; CYO Camp Hamilton, Monroe, WA; Southwest Federation, Chicago, IL; YWCA Camp Olson, Longville, MN; St. Cloud Parks and Recreation, MN.
Interviewing, Surveying and Organizing
Let us do the ground work! We increase levels of interest and involvement by reaching out to community members, interviewing them about their knowledge, understandings and concerns using qualitative and descriptive methods, then providing you with the documentation. The results are more meaningful and useful than those from statistical surveys.
Previous collaborations with: City of Sammamish, WA; Federal Emergency Management Agency Regions IX and X; King County Resource Planning, Seattle, WA; Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation, Seattle, WA; Department of Urban Design and Planning, University of Washington; Swinomish Tribal Community, Fidalgo Isl., WA; Dept. of Parks and Recreation, St. Cloud, MN.
Phase 1 Project Planning: Community History and Identity
Through thoughtful research methods, we provide you with primary and secondary source information useful for beautiful plans and publications, and for making sustainable decisions rooted in local knowledge and culture.
Previous collaborations with: City of Carnation, WA; Federal Emergency Management Agency Regions IX and X; EarthTech, Bellevue, WA; King County Department of Resource Planning; Maple Valley, WA; Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation; Growth Management Planning and Research Clearinghouse and Department of Urban Design and Planning, University of Washington; Swinomish Tribal Community, Fidalgo Isl., WA.
We are passionate about building community and helping communities prioritize. If you are curious about our process, we are happy to meet with you for an initial consultation.