ECOS – Environmental & Cultural Organization Systems
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- Boulder, Colorado
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Back in the 1990s, I founded Environmental and Cultural Organization Systems (ECOS) as a way to meld my biology and political science academic backgrounds through a cultural anthropological approach to the world. I did quite a bit of social justice work, empowering entrepreneurs in Mexico, tobacco use prevention and the like and now facilitating cohousing communities as they form assisting with their story, mission and values, how to get to know one another.
I tend to look at life as a web of interconnected systems. Saving the world isn’t like it used to be. Things are so fast moving and complicated these days.
ECOS melds human society as an interactive part of ecosystems at many levels by creating new creative and sustainable (low input – high output) communities in context of the human environment.
ECOS offers a wide variety of strategies to individuals, businesses, government agencies and non-profit organizations:
Community Development – I have quite a bit of experience helping create partnerships and collaborations that clear a path of least resistance. A current project being developed is an urban mixed use intentional community development in Cheyenne, Wyoming. It is envisioned to include affordable housing, cohousing, convenience retail and other compatible uses. Over the years, I’ve developed a diverse background in economic and community development having worked with local, state, national and tribal governments on a wide variety of issues from assisting with boom and bust cycles, with business startups, planning and zoning issues, developing affordable housing in Wyoming and Colorado.
Grant Writing and Fund Raising – I would say the one thing that I’m good at is grant writing. My success rate is pretty close to 100 percent. I’ve always been a writer having written for newspapers and written movie scripts. I’m a pretty good storyteller and can translate your project stories not into ones that are eligible for funding, but ones that get funded. Whether it’s $30 million for a water pipeline project or $500 for a community garden, years of experience has given me knowledge to help you tell your stories better and increase the chances for funding from public and private sectors.
Cultural Competency and Diversity Training – Having been through a lot in life, I can help you be better managers of change. The American culture is at a crossroads. The digital socio-political landscape is changing faster than the analog culture. The fast pace of life has resulted in the proliferation of subcultures and micro-cultures. Cultural competence is a developmental process that evolves over an extended period. At any given moment, depending on past histories and experiences individuals, groups, communities are at various levels of cultural awareness, knowledge and competency skills. I can lead you through this process.
Cultural Brokerage – Hand in hand with cultural competency is reaching out of personal and organizational comfort zones. During these times of intercultural conflict, businesses and organizations are seeking ways to become more inclusive without being paternalistic. I can help you understand your organizational needs and how to reach out to diverse communities and facilitate mutually beneficial outcomes.