AARP North Dakota
What we at AARP North Dakota have so appreciated about the Consensus Council and its staff is not only the work they have done for/with us, but also the connections they have helped to make throughout North Dakota.
We have utilized the Council to assist our Executive Committee in strategic planning and, of course, the sessions have gone smoothly and the outcomes have always done more than meet our expectations. We have also been involved with other groups and state agencies in processes that have required skilled facilitation in order to bring people together and moving forward. The Council staff have helped provided outcome-oriented processes whenever we have participated in sessions they have staffed and facilitated.
The Council recently brought AARP North Dakota together with the North Dakota Association of Counties (NDACo) when, because of their work with both organizations, the Council learned that both of our organizations’ boards were particularly concerned with rural community development and the need to enhance opportunities in rural areas. Working with Council staff, AARP North Dakota and NDACo have invited stakeholders from throughout North Dakota and developed a discussion group, which is beginning to develop a vision, mission, goals and strategies to assist, especially those in rural areas, develop greater capacity and hope for the future. These kinds of “connections” are invaluable for AARP North Dakota and for the people of ND as we work together to enhance our future.