Converge is a network of strategists and designers committed to social and environmental impact. We help build collaborations and networks taking action on issues as diverse as economic mobility, environmental conservation, human rights, and healthcare reform.
What We Do
We support collaborations and networks in many ways: designing transformational and productive convenings, launching new collaborations, revitalizing lagging networks, and training others to become skilled network leaders.
Establish a strong foundation so that collaborations and networks can achieve their ambitious goals.
Build new collaborations and networks to advance learning and action across organizations, sectors, and systems.
Activate lagging collaborations and embed sustainable network structures to help them thrive for years to come.
Teach others the essentials of network leadership and provide existing network leaders with tactics and tools to expand their impact.
Examples of our Work
Santa Cruz Mountains Stewardship Network
“This network is exactly what I dreamed of and hoped for, for how work should happen in the region.”
Jeff Gaffney, Director, Santa Cruz County Parks Department
The Santa Cruz Mountains Stewardship Network is a collaboration of nineteen federal, state, and county agencies, land trusts, nonprofits, research institutes, a Native American tribal band, and a timber company, formed in 2014 to improve land stewardship in the 500,000 acre Santa Cruz Mountains region. Converge designed and launched the network in 2015, and trained a full-time network coordinator who continues to support the network to this day. Click here for the full case study.
Justice In Motion
"We have been showered with compliments and excitement. For many, including me, it was one of the most rewarding professional experiences ever. Thank you for being on this journey with us."
Cathleen Caron, ED, Justice in Motion
Justice In Motion is an extensive network of lawyers working to promote migrant worker rights across borders in North and Central America. Converge trained network leaders in El Salvador and designed Justice In Motion's first-ever full network convening to increase communication and collaboration across the network and to increase the effectiveness of network member’s individual work.
Leading From Within
"As we try to live into what it means to embody network leadership, it's been very helpful to work with Converge."
Ken Saxon, Founder, Leading From Within
Leading From Within (LFW) is an organization that runs leadership development programs for social sector leaders in Santa Barbara County. Converge helped to design and launch the first LFW “Possibility Lab” attended by over 140 LFW alumni and supporters, to activate their alumni network and explore opportunities for greater impact in their community.
California Summer Matters Network
"I keep getting accolades for choosing you as consultants. Everyone was so impressed and appreciative of the design meeting and what we ended with."
Nazaneen Khalilnaji-Otto, Director, Partnership for Children & Youth
The California Summer Matters Network, a program of the Partnership for Children & Youth (PCY), connects regional leaders and hundreds of school districts to increase and improve the summer learning opportunities for all children and youth across the state. Converge was engaged to design the strategy & structure for the network, and trained leaders at PCY to support the network going forward.
Financial Advantage Network
"This was no common facilitation experience. You bring extraordinary preparation, great wisdom, and an uncanny method for calling forth our better angels. I am confident our momentum will result in fruitful actions." Kathryn Jean Keller, Board Member, Express Advantage
The Financial Advantage Network, an initiative of Express Advantage in collaboration with the Boeing Employees Credit Union, works to eliminate payday lending and create financial resilience for tens of thousands of lower income households across Washington state. Converge helped design and launch the collaborative effort featuring 40 leaders from credit unions, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies.
Elsa Henderson is a facilitator, coach and educator. Her expertise lies in conflict facilitation and training development. She is a diplomate of Process Oriented Psychology and loves the predictable and unpredictable ways of people. Passionate about meeting the challenges of our current times, Elsa focuses on uncovering the emerging dynamics in individuals and groups, mapping complexity and deepening collaboration. firstname.lastname@example.org
We have partnered with the following networks, foundations, and organizations to create social and environmental impact.