Work With Me

Sam Chaltain and Charles HaynesMy passion is helping people create democratic work environments where everyone is learning and empowered and supportive of each other, and where it’s always a good idea to ask tough questions, challenge assumptions, and experiment with new ideas and ways of unleashing human potential.

I do this in a few different ways:

Strategic Business Consulting – From designing national campaigns and professional development modules to conducting audits of your current practices and/or finding ways to establish a more democratic culture, I help businesses and non-profits improve their external and internal communications and build stronger interpersonal capacity.

Strategic School Consulting – In K-12 schools across the country, I provide leadership development, professional training, and strategic advice about how to create a democratic learning community that creates the optimal learning conditions for students and adults.

Spatial Design — As a partner at WONDER, we work with schools around the world to help them design new learning spaces, campuses, and learning experiences that can better meet the needs of young people. (To learn more, visit

Meeting Facilitation — Whether it’s a vital board meeting or an organization-wide strategic planning session, I structure and facilitate essential conversations in order to help groups clarify their next steps moving forward.

Professional Speaking – From keynoting major events to presenting at a private business meeting, I address core issues of democracy, learning and voice. You decide what the goal is and then I work backwards from that to decide what to say and how to say it.

Professional Writing – From curricula to Op-Eds to articles, I provide original copy that can effectively communicate the core messages of your work and/or organization.

Want to work together? Email me to let me know what it is you want to do – and where it is you need help – and we’ll see where it takes us.

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