The CCP Story
Our Consulting Project Cycle grew out of the 1995 national conference of the Organization Development Network in Seattle. A preconference workshop track, called ‘The Practicum,’ offered attendees a chance to work in a team to provide a Seattle non-profit organization an intense, real-world, three-day consultation experience. Each team of 6 people was provided with a coach, an experience OD consultant, who would help the team prepare for the consultation. Kathleen Ryan and Geoff Bellman, both based in Seattle, served as coaches to a team. Pat Vivian, also from Seattle, was instrumental in identifying the non-profit clients.
The experience and outcomes were so inspiring, Kathy and Geoff made the commitment to test this practicum concept. Pat readily joined in the effort, along with others who lived in Seattle who had supported and participated in the pre-conference experience. Those who came together—truly on a dark and stormy night in January of 1996—committed to serving as the steering committee for the Community Consulting Partnership and named themselves The Keepers of the Flame. The fundamental values of service and learning–for all involved, regardless of role–were declared. CCP was born.
To align more with the real world of consulting, the timeframe for a consultation was extended to 12 weeks. The first CCP cycle with one nonprofit client and one team launched in the spring of 1996. That summer, CCP expanded to two clients and two teams. By that fall, the model of three teams of 7 volunteers, with three senior OD professionals as a team coaches, serving three Seattle-based non-profits was established. With slight variations now and then—to experiment and learn–this model continues today.
Our Consulting Project Cycle is sustained through the on-going commitment to service and learning of our Senior Consultants, all of whom are experienced OD consultants and advisors. These behind-the-scenes coaches assure the quality of the CCP experience for both our clients and our volunteers, and we’re extremely proud of them and their work:
|Diane Altman Dautoff
Keepers of the Flame
The Keepers of the Flame work behind the scenes to recruit for each Cycle, support our Senior Consultants, and sustain our organization between Cycles. If CCP were a nonprofit like our clients, then our “Flames” would function much like a Board of Directors: