The Tamalpais Lands Collaborative: “One Mountain, One Vision”

The Grove’s Laurie Durnell facilitated a multi-stakeholder process with all of the public-land management agencies for Mt. Tamalpais. The resulting collaborative will sustain the well-being of the mountain on which Laurie grew up.



Seeds for a multi-agency collaboration were planted back in 2003 when The Grove facilitated a watershed visioning process for Muir Woods. This culminated in a March 21 signing ceremony that launched the Tamalpais Lands Collaborative. (1)

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Intersections: An Interview with Grove Senior Consultant Giselle Chow

The Grove welcomes Giselle Chow, senior consultant, to our team! In this article, excerpted from a conversation over tea, Giselle reflects on the roots of her graphic facilitation practice.

Q: When did the role of “facilitator” first take hold for you?

Giselle Chow: Back in 1996, I began work as an elementary school teacher while I earned my teaching credential. Along the way, while I was primarily focused on teaching and learning in the classroom, I started becoming interested in the larger cultural issues of the school, some of which are pervasive in many private schools around access and opportunity: who was there and who wasn’t, who succeeded and who didn’t and why.
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The Unity Council’s History Mural: Representing a 50-Year Journey


The Unity Council was born in challenging times. In the 1960s, a freeway cut through the heart of Oakland and, as in many American cities, the result was an era of urban decline and poverty. During this time, the civil rights movement was gaining strength.

Latino activists from several organizations joined forces in 1964 to form The Unity Council, with the purpose of having a stronger, collective voice for their unrepresented community.

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A Look Back: Reflections on 35 Years of Visualizing Change


On October 7, 2013, David Sibbet was a featured speaker at the National Organization Development Network (ODN) Conference in San Jose, California, where he received ODN’s Lifetime Achievement Award. The following article is adapted from his conference presentation and his remarks at the awards ceremony.

I was invited by several ODN colleagues to share with you some of the shaping influences underlying my work and The Grove Consultants International’s methods. It’s an honor to receive this award, and humbling to reflect on the path that brought me here. I’d like to do this with a bit of storytelling.

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Mapping a Vision for Social and Emotional Learning in Oakland

Safe, nurturing environments and excellent instruction have been found to result in higher academic achievement and better preparation for college, career and community life. (1)  Based upon these findings, Oakland Unified School District (Oakland Unified) is working a seven-year plan to transform the educational experience of its students using Social and Emotional Learning principles.


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