Welcome to 2010, already in progress and already challenging in so many ways. Now, more than ever, I feel called to engage with community for peace and justice.
The year that was
2009 was full. A big focus was the transition to Berthoud Consulting LLC. After nearly ten years in a duo, I moved to a new professional home. Like any move, it involved far more than I anticipated but the bulk of the change is complete. Thanks to all who sent well wishes. A major component of the switch was the new website—www.BerthoudConsulting.com. In answer to the question, “Who did it?” I credit Ziv Gil and Adam Rasmussen at Vizualle for shepherding the process and capturing my thoughts and spirit so clearly.
The leadership education pilot at AFSCME, the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees, concluded last year after three years of research, design, and delivery. It has been a pleasure and an honor to work with staff and leaders so dedicated to improving the lives of working people. My colleagues on the design and facilitation team were sources of inspiration, intellectual challenge, frustration, and laughter. Together, through the usual and some unusual trials, we created the foundation of whatever comes next. The organization now moves onto the evaluation phase and will determine future direction later in the year.
I continue to love teaching at the American University/NTL Institute (AU/NTL) Masters in Organization Development and Marygrove College Masters in Social Justice. Cliché as it is, I learn at least as much as I teach. Students come from varied backgrounds, organizations, and experiences and they bring such passion to their learning, that they offer me opportunities to rethink assumptions and approaches.
2009 offered an opportunity to write about the early stages of the diversity consultation at NARAL Pro-Choice America. Thanks to co-author Jen Ray, Chief Operating Officer, for the months of reflecting, reviewing documents, interviewing staff, and editing the article accepted for publication by the Tamara Journal for Critical Organizational Inquiry. Watch for an announcement later in the year when the article is out.
Though the year was full, I found time for my beloved hiking and managed to find remote places in the Canadian Rockies and Sedona, AZ that were breathtakingly beautiful. There is nothing like facing a vast landscape or seeing the ruins of civilizations long gone to shift perspective.
All in all, I’m thankful for another year of doing what I love, with organizations and people who work to bring to fruition our positive potential. I look forward to a year of work for social change as a consultant, teacher, volunteer, and friend.
May 2010 be even better than we dare dream.