NCI expands reach through new university partnership

On January 1, 2017, NCI entered a new partnership with the Michigan State University (MSU) School of Planning, Design and Construction (SPDC) and MSU Extension. NCI’s new home will be at MSU and will grow through this partnership, reaching more people, and more markets. The NCI program will evolve into a universal system for Collaboration by Design, bringing the power of charrettes and other tools to non-traditional audiences, such as agriculture, business and engineering. Learn more…

Transforming Collaboration

In every organization and in every endeavor, creating innovative solutions to complex problems requires collaboration – and necessarily involves conflicting positions. How can you avoid endless meetings and participant burnout while channeling divergent viewpoints into co-action?

The NCI Charrette System transforms collaboration by embedding key participants in the design process, bring them together in a radically creative event to build a supported action plan. This flexible yet prescriptive system cuts project timelines in half, saving money and accelerating implementation.

The Charrette Way 

Everything that NCI does comes from the learnings of hundreds of charrettes spanning 30 years of practice. These charrettes, conducted in the complex and often contentious world of community planning, have taught us how to efficiently co-create innovative and achievable solutions. The Charrette Way brings the power of mindfulness to a project, organization, or community to build trust and foster innovation through:

  • Collaboration by Design
  • Compressed Work Sessions
  • Short Feedback Loops
  • Finding Opportunity in Conflict


NCI Charrette System

How can you save money and time and still create an innovative solution that is supported and implemented? The NCI Charrette System. Centered around the catalytic charrette event, this efficient process harnesses the talents and energies of all interested parties to create and support a feasible plan in three phases:

  • Preparation: Become charrette-ready by preparing for the right people, data, and place.
  • Charrette: Engage the creative moment with all key participants collaborating on a feasible action plan.
  • Implementation: Move from vision to action—ensure that the charrette plan is solidly supported and has implementation momentum.

Learn & Consult with NCI

NCI is an educator, facilitator, and leader in radical collaboration for strategic action. Our mission is to transform the way people work together by building capacity for collaboration. NCI works across the spectrum of engagement to:

  • Teach professionals and community leaders the art and science of the NCI Charrette System through our Training and Certificate Program.
  • Provide on-going support throughout the project process, including on-the-ground coaching and assistance.
  • Facilitate the collaborative design process for organizations that are creating and implementing strategic plans and high-priority organizational initiatives.

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