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Six Proposal Killers

By Ron Flavin

Ute Mountain Native National Partnership Retreat

Program Description and Graphical Recordings

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Native National Retreat


In April 2015, USGG conducted a 4 day Native National Partnership Retreat for Youth Development and Rural Development to benefit the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe (UMUT). This event was attended by a total of 80 participants: 20 leaders from the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, 20 National Partner organizations, and 40 federal agencies. As a result of its success the UMUT, USGG and its consulting team (Reiner Lomb, author of the Boomerang Approach and Karina Branson, President of ConverSketch, LLC) were invited to Washington DC July 7-8, 2015 to present the process and outcomes to the Bureau of Indian Affairs as a promising best practice for its Tiwahe Initiative. Click here for program.

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Graphical Recordings


During the 4 day Ute Mountain Native National Partnership Retreat, Karina Branson, of ConverSketch, LLC provided graphical facilitation to document the partner conversations; strengths, needs and passions; outcomes and solutions. This was the first time the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe and USGG utilized the services of a graphical facilitator and it was a huge success. Chairman Heart said "our peole are visual people, and many of them prefer pictures over words. These pictures are exactly what we need to take back a message of hope to our membership to explain the plans  we created." Click here for more graphical recordings