I named my business after the shrubsteppe ecosystem that’s found in Eastern Washington and across the Western states. These semi-arid sagelands are where I love to walk, run, climb, and reflect on who I am and how I want to contribute to the world.
The shrubbsteppe ecosystem is the ancestral home of many indigenous people and tribal nations. Sage Step donates time and money to the Indigenous Roots and Reparation Foundation, an indigenous-led nonprofit that preserves history, culture, traditions and language through education and advocacy.
Here are some ways we can work together to make your organization stronger.
Organize and deliver work in an effective and inclusive manner
Plan and launch programs that drive impact
Envision the future and how to get there together
Summer provided change management support for our organization when we had the opportunity to launch a state-wide project and needed to scale quickly. She helped us articulate a new strategy and guided us through processes that set us up for long-term success. She also helped us create our own consulting framework and approach to stakeholder engagement. Her knowledge and ability around collective impact work is second to none!
Summer is excellent at facilitating meetings and at designing an inclusive approach so that everyone feels valued and part of the process. Summer has been coordinating two working groups that are leading large-scale initiatives in the Our Valley Our Future Action Plan. Over a few short months, she has helped build trust and a shared understanding among group members, kept work moving between meetings, and effectively communicated end goals.
Summer is a true delight. She worked with the Community Building for 8 years on everything from website content and design, event planning, project management, and editing and writing a book. During that time we depended on her many gifts including leadership, persistent focus, creativity, relationship building, and her beautiful writing.
Working with Summer has been an absolute pleasure. We partnered with Summer on a project with NCW Tech Alliance to design and launch a website that hosts national community skilling campaigns. Summer’s organizational skills and attention to detail are spot-on! She has a deep understanding of how to move projects forward creatively and logistically, plus she’s an incredible thought partner in every decision. But on top of that, I really want to say that as someone who’s worked with many consultants and producers, I am struck by how much she cares about the process and final product, and how much respect and love she has for everyone she works with! We’d love to continue partnering with Summer.
One-Block Revolution honors the chorus of diverse changemakers who show up every day to build their community. Part counterculture manifesto and framework for participatory placemaking, part handbook for nonprofits and social enterprises, this anthology tells one of Spokane’s most essential stories, while providing inspiration and practical guidance for organizations across the world.
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