California Committee for the Employment of People with Disabilities
The Building the Pipeline Workgroup of the California Committee for the Employment of People with Disabilities held a meeting at CCP headquarters in August 2013. The Committee is establishing itself as the go-to organization for model policy and best practice development related to inclusion of people with disabilities in the work force. CCP worked closely with staff and Committee leadership to design and facilitate a multi-day strategic planning process and facilitated two work groups charged with implementing the group’s goals to increase employment rates for people with disabilities. CCP also developed the charter documents for the full Committee and two work groups, including a collaborative decision-making structure. Another key element of CCP’s assistance was to coach staff to develop their facilitation skills and build productive relationships with Committee members and key stakeholder groups across the state. CCP’s assistance ended in June 2013. The group now has an effective governance structure and tools to achieve its goal: to increase the rate of employment for people with disabilities to one closer to that of the general population.
Sierra Cascades Dialog
The Center designed and facilitated the tenth Sierra Cascades Dialog. This Dialog focused on a bioregional assessment for the Sierra Nevada. The United States Forest Service convened the Dialog to bring together people with diverse viewpoints to discuss and think about issues of importance in managing national forests and grasslands across the Sierra Nevada and Cascades mountain ranges. Approximately 130 people, representing a broad range of interests, have attended each Dialog near Sacramento and 10-25 people typically attend at the remote site in Bishop, California. Dialogs focus on issues that cut across the region and its outcomes influence the management strategies of the Pacific Southwest Region of the Forest Service. At this Dialog, facilitators used crowdbrite to record comments and had several weeks to post additional comments online.