Our Services

Emerging Design Consulting offers a wide range of services. Contact our firm’s Principal, Bonnie Olson, to explore if our services are a good fit for your needs.

We are specialize in:

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Strategic Planning and Public Policy

We offer a wide range of tools for strategic planning, facilitate planning sessions, and produce full planning documents. We specialize in planning that engages broad constituents and allies for larger vision and long-term support.

  • Community-based organizations, networks, coalitions and membership organizations, and public entities.
  • Bringing nontraditional voices to public policy, including: immigrants and refugees, communities of color, low income populations and other specific populations.

Bonnie Olson

Inclusive Outreach and Community Engagement

We can assist public entities to meet their equity goals, serving as a bridge between local government agencies and their diverse constituents. Our priority is to work with clients that want to establish equitable partnerships with communities and build long term relationships.

  • Community forums and large stakeholder sessions
  • Focus groups
  • Interviews and surveys
  • Conduct outreach and engagement in multiple languages

Bonnie Olson

Nonprofit Capacity Building

Emerging Design has been supporting community based nonprofits for more than 25 years. We help you match your mission and values to how you run programs, strengthen community voice and leadership so community-based nonprofits can genuinely be community driven.

  • Retreats and Board/staff meetings to set goals and priorities
  • Grant writing and program planning
  • Board of Directors training and staff teamwork
  • Strengthen accountability to and involvement of community members that you serve

Bonnie Olson

Racial Equity and Social Justice Capacity Building

We can design training and consulting support to realize your goals for Racial Equity: in your organization, in your partnerships, and in your community relationships.

  • Conduct and facilitate internal assessments of policies and procedures that maintain institutional racism
  • Conduct training and facilitate dialogue for staff teams
  • Provide training and support application of this knowledge and analysis across all aspects of your operations.

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Systems Change Initiatives

Emerging Design Consulting uses a broad range of innovative “systems approaches” to enable community-wide change and organizational transformation:

  • Future Search conferences – a large-scale change model, that “gets the whole system in the room” for collaborative design of systems change vision, goals and action planning
  • Participatory tools for community planning – Open Space, Appreciative Inquiry, Community Cafes, storytelling, provocative inquiry and dialogue.
  • Multilingual, participatory meetings that bring diverse sectors together for dialogue

Bonnie Olson


Emerging Design Consulting provides custom-designed training to match client context and goals, using a multi-racial, multi-cultural and/or multi-disciplinary l team approach.

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Building equitable partnerships and collaborations
  • Principles of cultural responsiveness
  • Institutional Racism and its impacts
  • Understanding white privilege
  • Diverse community engagement and relationship building