Farmers and land owners often face daunting challenges when they are seeking to make big changes. If you are a farmer needing to find a new farm, or create and implement an effective succession plan, or a land owner with a new vision for your land, I can help. Through my 25+ years working with land stewardship and with farmers in the sustainable agriculture movement, I understand the challenges and opportunities you face and the difficult decisions you are trying to navigate. Often what is needed is simply a sounding board, a good and thoughtful listener who can help you gain perspective, navigate a difficult working relationship, or connect with you with resources you need. Sometimes you need someone to help identify and evaluate the pros and cons of various options or consider an option you didn’t even know was there. Other times, you need someone to help you bring a sound plan into being, and help with the wise and flexible implementation of that plan. Whatever your challenges, and wherever you are at in your process, please let me know if you think I can help, my first hour of consultation is always free of charge.
Small and mid-size nonprofits and social enterprises are carrying out some of the most important social change work on the planet right now, generally under very challenging conditions. I have over 25 years of experience leading and helping nonprofits and social enterprises make wise strategic decisions, design effective programs, conduct effective fundraising and manage developmental challenges. Though I work primarily in the food and agriculture sector, I have also consulted with Waldorf schools and educational organizations. Whatever the type of non-profit, the management and developmental challenges are often very similar. Whether you need help navigating tensions on your board, want to revisit the strategic landscape within which you are working, need help designing and launching an effective new project or program area, or need interim executive leadership, please don’t hesitate to be in touch, I would love to be of service.
Starting and leading social change efforts can be both exhilarating and overwhelming, especially since no one leader can bring to the table all the skills and capacities needed for the job. In my experience, leaders, initiative takers and visionaries benefit greatly from someone who is fully aligned with their vision, who groks deeply the context they are working in, but who is not directly involved in their work–someone who can help them remember the big picture, nurture their own personal and professional development, and navigate tough day-to-day, week-to-week, and month- to-month decisions. I particular love helping people launch new non-profits and other social ventures from scratch! Please let me know if I can be of assistance.
I can best be reached at robert.karp (a) newspiritventures.com
Note, my rates are flexible and my first hour of consultation is always free of charge. Sometimes, I can even help you secure funds to cover some or all of my costs.