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Susan Dupre has 20+ years experience in designing and facilitating innovative, participatory, real work methodologies to accomplish a variety of organization objectives such as: developing common ground vision and action, process re-design and/or improvement, re-structuring, and culture change. She uses processes that strengthen the kind of collaborative working relationships that make change possible and organizational goals actionable. Because successful achievement of community and organizational goals and objectives requires the committed participation of a "critical mass" of people, Susan specializes in approaches that can accommodate large groups of diverse stakeholders. Susan is available to consult with the Center for Collaborative Policy and its clients on participation projects.
Examples of Susan’s work include:
- Susan is currently leading the design and facilitation of a vision for the community of Ione, California. This will include a large public inquiry meeting to discover the community’s desires for their community, as well as a Future Search conference where a representative group of citizens will develop a shared vision and plan for the future.
- Most recently Susan project managed the design and implementation of an international meeting associated with the Parliament of World’s Religions that was convened in Barcelona, Spain in July 2004. This project included designing a meeting methodology for engaging global leaders of religious and spiritual communities to address critical issues facing the world: increasing access to safe and clean water, eliminating the crushing burden of external debt on the poorest nations, supporting refugees world-wide and overcoming religiously motivated violence. This entailed leading 125 consultants in the design and facilitation of meetings in Israel, Kenya, an assembly of 400 world religious and spiritual leaders, and four assemblies during the Parliament. The result of this work was over 500 commitments made to address key issues in local communities around the world.
- Susan designed and facilitated an international strategic visioning conference for British Petroleum to develop an in-depth understanding of social, political, environmental and economic dynamics affecting the future of clean and sustainable energy development from Hydrogen over the next 20-50 years. Participants included people involved in the energy industry, world economic development, environmental activists and academia.
- Over the last six years Susan has planned and conducted large strategic visioning and planning events in Nigeria, Ethiopia and the Philippines at the request of the David and Lucille Packard Foundation. This work focused on regional and country-wide planning for adolescent reproductive health policy and service delivery.
Susan has a Masters Degree in Organizational Communications and a certificate in Total Quality Management. For several years, Susan taught courses at California State University, Sacramento in its Total Quality Management Program.
She was a contributor to a special edition of The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science: Special Issue on Large Group Interventions (December 1992), the recently published Handbook of Large Group Methods: Creating Systemic Change in Organizations and Communities (2006) and has a chapter in the 2007 release of the second edition of The Change Handbook.