William & Flora Hewlett Foundation

Program Facilitation for the Open Education Platform:

Internaut Consulting was also retained to facilitate the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation’s Open Education Platform discussion convened with a number of developers and educators in an effort to consolidate a cooperative strategy going forward.

Proposal Evaluation for Performing Arts Program & Open Education Platform

The William & Flora Hewlett Foundation makes grants to organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area to ensure that art is created, performed, and preserved, and more opportunities are provided to participate in arts experiences. The program required support evaluating a competitive RFP to develop an on online interactive GIS mapping of the performing arts community in San Francisco.

Deliverables:
Internaut Consulting was retained to review the initial RFP before it was released to strengthen deliverables and clarify what was being asked as well as responding to vendor questions and developing criteria for evaluating the proposals. Internaut Consulting reviewed the proposals to select the strongest provider of technical services, content identification and data collection.

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Inside NGO (Humentum)

Facilitation of Newly Merged Board 

Internaut Consulting was retained to facilitate and provide expertise for an internal discussion of the Association of PVO Financial Managers & Personnel Co-op as both boards met to define the strategy objectives of their newly merged organization, InsideNGO (now Humentum). InsideNGO was dedicated to strengthening operational teams and fostering leadership in the international non-profit sector. The facilitation was focused on cross-sector project collaboration, and developing feasible operating structures for a mix of sustainability and donor support.

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Carnegie Corporation

Facilitation of Libraries in Africa Program & ICT Education Proposal Evaluation

Internaut Consulting was retained to evaluate a number of capacity support proposals and international education and technology proposals for a couple of Carnegie Corporation program areas over a number of years.

Internaut Consulting was also retained to facilitate the Carnegie Corporation’s five year strategy objectives discussion for universities and libraries in Africa hosted by its International development program.


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iEARN-US

Board Strategy Facilitation

Internaut Consulting was retained to facilitate the iEARN-US Board Retreat, a two day review of current strategy, progress and goals, and a revamping of that strategy as it moved forward to meet new challenges.

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NPower

Board Strategy Facilitation

Internaut Consulting was retained to facilitate a discussion of long term strategy and tangible initiatives NPower National and individual NPower affiliates could pursue at its national board meeting. A related discussion of network strategy for the very different local NPower affiliates was also delivered post-meeting based on the conversations.

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John Templeton Foundation

ICT Strategy Development & Facilitation

The John Templeton Foundation serves as a philanthropic catalyst for research and discoveries relating to what scientists and philosophers call the “Big Questions”. The foundation required an internal technology strategy evaluation consisting of benchmarking its current status, evaluating its ICT staffing and assisting the new Director develop strategy.

Deliverables:
Internaut Consulting was retained to facilitate the Templeton Foundation IT strategy project meeting of all stakeholders to discuss what they currently liked about their technology implementation strategy, what they didn’t like and what they expected from it in order to build consensus around overall approach and priority definition. This was a precursor the step, a more comprehensive effort to benchmark the foundation’s technology efforts against other foundations and third party entities, assess its strengths and weaknesses and make appropriate recommendations.

Through a series of user interviews, survey, and facilitation Internaut Consulting benchmarked the foundation’s efforts in about 20 areas against those of other foundations of similar size and scope. It identified where the foundation exceeded, satisfied or was wanting in its ICT efforts. Internaut Consulting then reviewed current IT trends, explained them and developed a proposed integrated ICT strategy for the foundation going forward. This resulted in the hiring of an internal ICT director and most of the strategy recommendations being adopted. Internaut Consulting was then recalled to assist the new director in developing an operational plan and prioritizing initiatives to carry out the new strategy.


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