Creating change is hard. You want more impact. We’re here to help.
SHIFT Collaborative is a registered cooperative that helps people make progress on tough social and environmental challenges together. Drawing on our experience designing and facilitating collaboration and engagement for systems change, we harness leading thinking and practices for new results. These enable us to build a better future together by tackling systems, not symptoms, and fostering collaboration between sectors.
We have worked on issues ranging from social connectedness and inclusion to food security, climate change,and public health, to name a few. For a decade we have worked together to support people and groups make meaningful change on the real-world issues we all care about.
What We Bring:
- A wealth of relevant experience and examples
- Breakthrough techniques, processes and strategies
- Fresh perspectives
- Tools, resources and connections
- Enthusiasm, energy, humour and insight
What You Bring:
- Knowledge that something needs to change
- Desire to have greater impact
- Willingness to stretch and grow
- Commitment of time, energy, resources
- Embedded knowledge, experience, insight and relationships
- Create a safe space for breakthrough conversations and action
- Illuminate the underlying patterns at play to create lasting change
- Shift the way we think, work and create change together
- Increase strategic clarity, shared commitment and alignment
Meet our SHIFT Team
Why people love working with Stacy:
Exquisite communicator, creatively strategic, sets sights on highest quality, resourceful
● Designing and facilitating learning
● Finding common ground amongst diverse viewpoints
● Can hold the container for both the big and small picture
● Great intuition about what is at the heart of “stuckness” and how to design processes to break through.
Why people love working with Kerri:
Insightful, intuitive, grounded, uber-organized
● Taking big concepts and making them accessible
● Working collaboratively
● Distilling simplicity from complexity
● Creating clarity and inspiring confidence.
Why people love working with Erica:
Open-hearted, grounded, attentive to detail, playful.
● Tending to both the inner and outer aspects of group process and dynamics
● Responding to the needs of a group in the moment
● Bringing creativity to the table
● Keen insights into fluidity and process
Why people love working with Deirdre:
Compassionate, innovative, solid, resourceful.
● Getting to the heart of issues when facilitating group dialogue
● Always finding a way to move forward
● Creating inclusive spaces
● Brings everything she’s got — her whole self and extensive resources
Why people love working with Michelle:
Practical, Laser focused, Collaborative, Experienced
● Helping groups get unstuck and come up with an actionable plan
● Finding practical ways through sticky situations
● Sourcing the best of the group
● Incredible wealth of resources and connections
What people say about working with us
Throughout Deirdre’s involvement with the committee, she provided a positive, solution-focused approach to our barriers, and this helped the committee members develop a common direction. I would recommend Deirdre for any process-related work that wishes to bring disparate viewpoints together into a single approach.”
Kerri Klein and Stacy Barter […] are consummate professionals offering […] creative survey design, implementation and communication of results in a collaborative, supportive and fun style. They have coordinated and facilitated challenging hands-on workshops in diverse settings with excellent results and been instrumental in filling a crucial niche with the Climate Change Health Policy Group in BC.”
Erica [has an] intuitive ability to keep asking questions until you get past your usual answers until new thinking and impact becomes possible. I also appreciate Erica’s vast toolkit of social innovation processes – having an experienced facilitator who can bring people together to collectively imagine new approaches to longstanding challenges is invaluable.”