Bluhon Group | Tags Organizational Strategy

Challenge KM Thibodeaux Consulting LLC and Bluhon Group co-facilitated a strategic planning initiative to establish a new advocacy organization focused on increasing affordable housing supply in Santa Clara County. The initiative — sponsored by the Housing Trust Silicon Valley, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, and the Nonprofit Housing Association of Northern California — engaged 110 opinion leaders in the non-profit and for-profit sectors of the housing industry, elected officials, and special interest advocates. Approach Ms. Thibodeaux and Mr. Bluhon co-facilitated a 12-member steering committee in an in-depth process of benchmarking analogous organizations in California; facilitating a visioning workshop; conducting focus …

Challenge The Rosie the Riveter Trust emerged from a founding group of citizens keen on supporting the National Park Service’s efforts, investment, and outreach to the public following enacting legislation for the Rosie the Riveter National Park in Richmond. The Trust retained Bluhon Group to facilitate and craft its Vision and Strategic Plan, 2005-2008. The process consisted of facilitated board meetings with extended engagement by peripheral stakeholders including business entities and park staff. The plan consists of the Trust’s vision and mission statements, a discussion of challenges and past accomplishments, broad program goals, and specific projects. The Board of Directors conducts …

Setting The City of Palo Alto sought to build a visitor facility on its 522-acre preserve. Acterra, a local environmental group, asked to partner with the City to develop an environmental education facility near the park entrance. Area residents opposed the plan and the City Council stipulated that broad, cross-interest support would be a condition of project approval. The City retained Bluhon Group and Arkin Tilt Architects to build community consensus around an acceptable design and program. Approach The city appointed a ten-member task force of diverse community, property owner, and environmental group representatives as a recommending body. The task force agreed to a set of consensus …