Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Accepting Applications: Common Grounds 2011-2012 Client

As summer begins to wind down, it's time to start thinking about going back to school and getting back to work. In that vein, Common Grounds, comprised of some thirty graduate students from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and Law School, is seeking out its 2011-2012 client. Could it be your organization? To throw your name in the ring to be the beneficiary of thirty thoughtful minds seeking to support your work, sharpen your pencils and get ready to fill the Request for Proposal below!

Common Grounds 2011-2012 Client Request for Proposal
DEADLINE: September 1, 2011
SEND TO: info@CommonGroundsMN.org

The Common Grounds Steering Committee requests proposals for a consulting project for the 2011-2012 academic school year. This year, we are opening up projects for semester or year long timelines in order to better fit client and student needs.

Guided by the principle that complex problems require collaboration across disciplines, Common Grounds brings together approximately thirty students from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management, Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, and Law School. Common Grounds engages community issues from an interdisciplinary approach by providing professional research and consultation to businesses and organizations. In addition, Common Grounds provide students with a forum to develop collaborative ideas and to promote integrative leadership.

Members of Common Grounds will work together in groups to research the project over a two-month period. We will ask you to direct us to materials you think we should investigate and take our own initiative to find resources to provide the best research product.

We ask that any participant is able to attend a meeting of our whole group on a Monday morning in early October during which you can present the project and outline several areas of research for our members to pursue. We also would like to schedule a midpoint and final presentation of deliverables where appropriate.

We are happy to answer questions about past projects and our method of working, and find that gaining the basic information this form provides is a great starting place. We would also ask to have at least one meeting with your organization prior to selection so we can shape the project together and set expectations. Common Grounds does not charge for these services, but may ask your organization to contribute something of value for our members, for example a meal for a meeting.


Amelia Brunelle (Chair), Astrid Brouillard, Jay Creagh, Leah Lundquist, Chris Schmitter http://commongroundsmn.org/

If you have any questions, please contact us at: info@CommonGroundsMN.org

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