The major areas of my work include:
Helping Leaders use digital and face-to-face strategies to communicate, connect, and inspire action.
Helping Organizations use small group and other intentional community building strategies to strengthen communication, deepen relationships, and increase productivity.
Helping Religious and Value-Based Communities have a greater impact in people’s lives, the local community, and our world.
Producing live action content for nationally syndicated children’s television shows and web series, primarily PBS Kids projects.
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Getting Started with Small Groups
Raised a Unitarian Universalist, I grew up discussing big questions, from world religions and the mysteries of the universe to present day social justice issues. When I was in my 20’s, our denomination didn’t have strong models for gathering in small groups. Their evolution towards religious pluralism didn’t include a strong group model for bringing their diverse members and friends together. With congregation’s filled with theists, atheists, agnostics, Buddhists, Pagans, Jews, Muslims, and every spiritual hybrid imaginable, there was a huge need for a more open and engaging group model.
I helped develop just such a model working with a youth group. We grew from 8 teenagers to 60+ by grounding our program in small group process, leadership development, and an emergent content curriculum. As we explored life issues, world religions, and spiritual questions I found myself not just wanting to offer that experience for teens, I wanted a group for adults.
Going National with Small Groups
That led to launching a Unitarian Universalist small group revolution. In 2001, I launched the UU Small Group Ministry Network, a website dedicated to sharing resources on leading group-based programs. Re-launching with a team in 2004 as a national organization with a membership program, we worked to promote and support the development of small groups in congregations across the country.
This developed into a national consulting and training practice with a focus on small groups, team building, community building, leadership development, and organization health.
Broadcast Television & Digital Media
While starting to develop this practice, I worked with children’s television. I worked with a team producing educational content for many of the top nationally syndicated children’s programs on PBS.
We have produced content for the following Emmy Award-winning broadcast and web-based programs:
In 2007, after the launch of Youtube, I chose to study digital media through Boston University. At that point I recognized that all organizations were going to be in the media business. For a time I was working with community building and media separately, but that changed after social media hit the scene.
Connection: From Small Groups to Social Media
When social media exploded, suddenly the web became about relationship. This brought my community building and media work together. Over time, my work has expanded from small groups and community building to looking at how our technology is changing human behavior.
My Work Today
Today my work is focused on helping leaders and their organizations increase communition, collaboration, and performance through intentional community building, both face-to-face and online. Fom business and education to faith and justice work, the capacity of our human institutions is determined by our relationships.