Our Values

Emerging Design Consulting is committed to racial justice, social equity and the elimination of institutional racism. We strive to improve relationships across culture, class and race. This work applies to all aspects of how we operate:

We invest in the communities we reach - in community engagement:

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Building Equitable Partnerships

We invest in the communities we reach – contracting with grass-roots groups and leaders.

Build community capacity through training and equitable partnerships.

We are committed to authentically capturing community voices, and letting people speak for themselves.

Bonnie Olson

Facilitating Community Planning

Multi-cultural competency - Consciously design meetings to include cultural styles of expression, various learning styles, and make space for different values and viewpoints to be heard.

Principles of inclusion:

  • Include different stakeholders and viewpoints,
  • Those impacted by decisions - constituent groups, consumers, residents
  • Diverse cultures and languages. Conduct sessions in native languages

Bonnie Olson

Effective Outreach

  • Convene consultant team with roots in the communities
  • Connect with communities through how they organize themselves

“Bonnie is a great listener, and can help focus your project to get the information you need. Her collaboration was most helpful in developing and implementing a strategic approach to my project.”

Evelyn Boykan, Human Services Manager, City of Tukwila

Please click on this link read published poem, Home Grown.

Please click on this link to read published article, Walking with Intention.