Connecting Great Vision with Smart Planning, Clear Messaging and Ecological Thinking

 

 

Connecting Great Vision with Smart Planning, Clear Messaging and Ecological Thinking

 

 

Over 30 years ago, Philip Conkling started a non-profit organization to develop strategies for integrating community development and environmental goals. Today that is called “sustainable development,” but three decades ago no one knew what that phrase meant.

“In order to show what we meant by sustainable development, we told stories of people whose lives illustrate how natural resources can be carefully used to keep communities vibrant, initially through words and photographs. We launched communications platforms, including a newspaper and an annual magazine to showcase these stories. Along the way, we learned how to raise money to keep these enterprises going and expanded our work across the nation. Still later we connected with others on the internet and through social media and as a result have developed experience and successful partnerships we are eager to share.”

Philip Conkling and Associates bring an interconnected, ecological point of view to organizational development and project planning, helping organizations and businesses navigate the trade offs and long-term costs and benefits of their decision making within the environments in which they operate. These are the interests, experiences and skills we can apply to your business or non-profit challenges to working toward a sustainable future together.

Philip Conkling is one of the most intelligent, practical and effective individuals I know. His abilities as a consultant make him a valuable source of guidance for any organization that is working to be useful. I have total confidence in him.

Horace Hildreth

Director, Diversified Communications

Over 30 years ago, Philip Conkling started a non-profit organization to develop strategies for integrating community development and environmental goals. Today that is called “sustainable development,” but three decades ago no one knew what that phrase meant.

Philip Conkling is one of the most intelligent, practical and effective individuals I know. His abilities as a consultant make him a valuable source of guidance for any organization that is working to be useful. I have total confidence in him.

Horace Hildreth

Director, Diversified Communications

“In order to show what we meant by sustainable development, we told stories of people whose lives illustrate how natural resources can be carefully used to keep communities vibrant, initially through words and photographs. We launched communications platforms, including a newspaper and an annual magazine to showcase these stories. Along the way, we learned how to raise money to keep these enterprises going and expanded our work across the nation. Still later we connected with others on the internet and through social media and as a result have developed experience and successful partnerships we are eager to share.”

Philip Conkling and Associates bring an interconnected, ecological point of view to organizational development and project planning, helping organizations and businesses navigate the trade offs and long-term costs and benefits of their decision making within the environments in which they operate. These are the interests, experiences and skills we can apply to your business or non-profit challenges to working toward a sustainable future together.

SUSTAINABILITY ANALYSIS | COMMUNICATIONS | ORGANIZATIONAL STRATEGY | DEVELOPMENT AND TEAM BUILDING

We help clients clarify vision, communicate goals and plan implementation strategies.

ORGANIZATIONAL STRATEGY

Finding focus on key goals and strategies helps chart a course for organizational growth.

At Philip Conkling & Associates, we have over 50 years of collective experience of assisting communities, organizations, businesses and individuals with the development of organizational strategies that have resulted in dramatic organizational growth based on clear goals, measurable objectives and achievable work plans. But most important of all is that everyone understands how the components of an organization’s plan loop back to the original vision of the group and individuals involved.

DEVELOPMENT AND FUNDRAISING

Identifying key funding opportunities and partners is the foundation for crafting a successful fundraising strategy. 

Philip Conkling & Associates have years of experience in crafting successful fund raising strategies for both non-profits and for-profit businesses. Through successful messaging and networking, the principals have directly raised many tens of millions of dollars in Maine, New England and at the national level, both through private individuals and foundations and government sources to help established organizations grow or leverage new start-ups.

COMMUNICATIONS

Telling your organization’s story helps create a connection with your audience and delivers your message with a greater impact.

The channels of communication continue to expand. Each is an opportunity to present a business or organization’s image and message to the outside world. The “look and feel” of an organization can strengthen its message through subtle design choices. The principals of Philip Conkling & Associates have an experienced eye and ear for delivering clear messaging in both print and digital media.

SUSTAINABILITY ANALYSIS

Research and information gathering helps an organization to make informed decisions for a sustainable future. 

Sustainability is the balance between growth and depletion, and is one of the key concepts of ecology that can be applied to organizational development. This concept, whether applied literally or metaphorically is based on the recognition that all parts of a system are connected.

Philip has a wonderful mix of mission, informed pragmatism, dry humor, and creative narrative. This gets stories across, regardless of medium. His primary craft is writing, but he has deep collaborative experience with visual artists. I’ve worked with him for over 20 years in educational, advocacy, campaign, and creative projects in the worlds of film, web video, television, social media, and print.  Most recently, he’s been an invaluable advisor in the launch of Conservation Media Group, a not-for profit initiative that puts media to work with conservation groups advocating for a future with healthy oceans and renewable energy.

David Conover

President and Founder, Conservation Media Group

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Good storytelling is vital to all organizations.

Explore these stories by Philip, previously published in Maine Magazine.

Catching the Green Wave

maine. | October 2016

By: Philip Conkling
Photography: Fred Field

A new generation of sea farmers is expanding markets and creating new industries.

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The Promise of Place

maine. | July 2016

By: Philip Conkling
Photography: Fred Field

University of Maine at Farmington and President Kate Foster walk the talk on a campus in the foothills.

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