The Introductory Level for Community-Driven Consulting establishes
the foundation for the rest of the education program through a self-paced
introduction to the concepts behind Community-Driven work. The program combines
reading, audio classes and Learning Community participation to begin immersing
consultants in the thinking behind Community-Driven approaches. The following
provides an overview of the Results a consultant can expect from the
Introductory Level Program, the Course Content, and the Assignments.
Like everything at the Community-Driven Institute, the
Introductory Level Community-Driven Consulting Program is aimed at having
participants achieve specific results. Those results include outcomes for the
your clients, and outcomes for your consulting practice itself.
- Consultants will be better able to understand client issues
and frustrations, by understanding why traditional governance, planning,
fundraising and other systems have created neither community improvement nor
- Consultants will be able to begin aiming client conversations
in a more Community-Driven direction, by understanding how different systems
can align a clients work to create more significant community
- Consultants will have a network of colleagues to share
information with and learn from, as they begin sharing Community-Driven
concepts with their clients.
- Consultants will have an initial understanding of how to apply
Community-Driven logic to the business side of their consulting practice, to
enhance their sales and marketing by aiming at client / community
The readings and audio classes will provide
program participants with introductory knowledge of the following
- How organizational systems such as governance, planning,
program development and sustainability can simultaneously build strong
organizations and strong communities.
Governance and Planning
- How boards can govern by holding themselves accountable for the
end results their community receives.
- Defining what matters most
- Putting what matters into
Overview: Developing and
Sustaining Community-Driven Programs
- Building programs to be strong and sustainable from the inside
out, while simultaneously building community strength and sustainability.
Overview: Building a Community-Driven
- By tethering the consultants sales & marketing to the
clients impact and outcomes in the community, Community-Driven logic can
increase your value, your fees, and the change your consulting work creates in
The assignments below provide a comprehensive overview of all
aspects of Community-Driven Consulting. The combination of these readings /
audio classes, with the opportunities provided by the Learning Community, will
prepare consultants for the onsite, intensive Skill-Builder Level course for
which these assignments are a pre-requisite.
Whether or not you move on to the Skill-Builder Level, these
materials and the Learning Community will provide you with the first steps
towards transforming your practice, to aim your consulting work at creating
more community benefit for your clients.
In January 2009, the Institute will be launching a Learning
Community to provide a supportive environment for consultants who want the work
they do with their clients to create more significant change in the world.
The initial format for the Learning Community will be via email
discussion forum. If you would like to be notified when the discussion forum is
launched, please CLICK HERE.
The following articles can all be found at this website.
Creating the Future
Developing and Sustaining Strong, Engaged
In addition to the specific articles noted above, we recommend you
spend some time browsing our online libraries as well. You will find the
The following sections at Hildys Blog, Creating the Future,
all focus on the philosophies and practical approaches at the heart of this
program. We recommend not only reading the posts in the following sections, but
subscribing to the blog, to receive ongoing notification of new posts.
Lastly, if you are not already subscribed to our monthly
newsletter, please do so. In that newsletter, you will receive updates on
articles and other information regarding the Consultant Education Program -
including dates for the release of materials that are still pending per this
syllabus, and announcements of dates for the intensive, on-site Skill-Builder
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to this Syllabus
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