www.davidsibbet.com > My Strategic Visioning Collaborators

I've included this photo album of some of the people in The Grove's associate network that use our facilitation and Strategic Visioning methods integrally in their work. They are my teachers and I theirs. Collaboration networks are behind most truly innovative, robust methodologies, and our is no exception. Claiming credit as an individual would be like a tree claiming credit for the forest. If you aren't here and know that you should be, send me you picture and a writeup and I'll post it.


Rachel is Director of Digital Facilitation at The Grove. She joined in 2011 from a VP position at the New Media Consortium. She headed up their Horizon Project that tracked the latest in educational technology. She is a skilled graphic facilitator and trainer, and leads a Virtual Facilitation on-line workshop at The Grove.


DAVID SIBBET — Here I am being trained by the RE-AMP annual meeting gathering LOL. It's impossible to illustrate all the associates who brought this work to its present state but I wanted to at least acknowledge the thousands of meeting participants who were in effect my trainers.

Meryem Le Saget

Meryem has worked with The Grove for nearly 20 years, and was integral in the development of the Strategic Visioning system and then later with the Sibbet/LeSaget Sustainable Organizations Model. She and David led the infamous visioning workshop on the Catalyst in Alaska in the 1990's.

Meryem is a well know writer about management subjects in France, a skilled senior consultant working with SV and many other approaches to leadership development, strategy and organization change. She works with the largest companies in France doing deep visioning. Meryem comes over to the United States frequently, and has been a continuing source of inspiration in Europe for her discriminating import of some of the best thinking from America. Her book on the Intuitive Manager reviews some of the best thinking about organizations and management from the states, including a chapter on Team Performance and Arthur M. Young's process theory. To those of us who have been able to enjoy her company, she has brings wonderful sensitivity and insight to her work.

Kayla Kirsch

Kayla is an exceptionally creative consultant (and artist) I met at a Graphic Facilitation workshop when she worked at Far West Labs as an educational strategist back in the 1990's. She joined The Grove in 1995 and among other things, helped create the first Strategic Visioning Graphic Guides® and was one of the first to prototype what is now the Personal Compass. She left The Grove in 2001 to create her own Leapfrog Consulting (and spend more time with her beautiful son!). She continues as a Grove associate and very experienced systems change consultant, with deep experience in educational systems.

Suzanne Otter

Suzanne worked for The Grove from 1985 to the mid 1990s as a lead trainer in Graphic Facilitation. She then set up an independent practice in Santa Fe and eventually transitioned to working as an art therapist

Roy Bartilson

Roy is a Senior Consultant at Lederskarparna, a leadership development consulting firm in Sweden. Roy was an internal change manager at Telia's wireless software group for many years, and then a consultant with KIA consulting before opening is own firm and eventually joining Lederskarparna. He co-led The Grove's Strategic Facilitation Workshop in Sigtuna, Sweden, for four years.

Jonas Kjellstrand

Here is Jonas providing an overview of template-based planning at the Facilitation Mastery Workshop in Donner Lake in 2003. Jonas was a visiting fellow at the Institute for the Future for several years and developed a collaboration with The Grove to bring SV workshops to Sweden. He has returned to Sweden to create a consulting practice with Roy Bartilson and continue as a colleague of The Grove.

Ed Claassen

Ed is introducing himself at the Facilitation Mastery Workshop. Ed joined The Grove in 1995 after 11 years as head of Training and Development at SRI International in Palo Alto and retired in 2008 to Ashland, OR. He was the virtual father of the Strategic Visioning templates, encouraging us to create a way that the visually saavy, but non-graphically adept could do big picture thinking. He was manager of the Grove Consulting group and a Sr. Consultant who worked with clients on Storymap projects, SV, and doing SV training as well. Ed retired to Oregon in 2008 and continues as a Senior consultant on occasional projects.

Bill Bancroft

This is a photo of Bill at the 2003 Mastery Workshop. He has been an active senior associate since doing SV in Central America and with North American clients. Bill is now active with The Grove as an ally helping develop The Grove's Global Learning & Exchange Network.

Virginia Ludvik

Gini listening at a Grove strategy retreat, thinking about the system. She is a former manager and OD consultant at Lucent Technologies. She was The Grove's Director of Marketing. In addition her OD skills have supported The Grove using real collaborative teams in almost every aspect of our work. She and Laurie and Lynette McCormack pioneered the Discovery Workshop for women last year. Gini has now retired to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she is active in the community. She continues to work occasionally with The Grove and the Team Performance System.

Laurie Durnell

Laurie is now Co-President of The Grove. She's the former head of Proaction Associates before joining The Grove as a Senior Consultant in 1996. She's an experienced graphic facilitator, SV consultant, and expert in Team Performance. She is one of The Grove SV trainers. Here she is leading us in a Five Bold steps process down at the Institute for the Future. Laurie headed up The Grove's consulting group for years and in 2016 agreed to take on the role of Co-President with colleague Robert Pardini as I became Chairman.

Gary Merrill

Gary is a long-time strategy and organization change consultant who has even facilitated Grove retreats. He's a member of Pathwalkers, a peer consulting group that has been meeting for four years and works out of Santa Cruz on sustainability and other issues. Gary is an expert on leadership development and career development, working with clients like Granite Construction, Autodesk, and other startups. He's also very active as a community leader in Santa Cruz, tackling subjects like downtown development, water policy, and homelessness.

Rob Eskridge

Rob, my original mentor in strategy work, is presenting in his former Growth Management Center conference room at Donner Lake. He now operates out of a center near Gilroy, CA and specializes in helping mid-market companies on strategy, marketing, and leadership development. He has been and is a consultant to the Grove itself on its development. Rob is one of the allies helping create The Grove's Global Learning & Exchange Network.

Deirdre Crowley

Dee was full time at The Grove for seven years and now heading her own company, Crowley & Company, in Washington D.C. doing SV work, infographic design, and facilitation. She regularly collaborates with The Grove as is considered one of our partners.

Lenny Lind

The Grove's name came from our time sharing office with Lenny Lind's Covision down on Folsom Street. Lenny travels the world supporting groups with Covision's browser-based decision support system running on wireless Macs. We are strategic partners now, bringing a Stakeholder Forum service to our clients combining the graphics and groupware. Lenny and I met working together at the Apple Leadership Experience during the 1980s and have been ODing ever since. His book on Virtuous Meetings is a complete guide to working electronically with large groups.

Tomi Nagai-Rothe

Tomi worked and was trained at The Grove from 1998 to 2014. She is now working with Kayla Kirsche at Leadpfrog Consulting, providing Principles of Graphic Facilitation training to non-profit organizations. Tomi is a skilled graphic facilitator and trainer. She also works extensive on social justice issues.