Mission & Values

Building Capacity for Collaboration


The National Charrette Institute (NCI) is a nonprofit educational institution dedicated to transforming the way people work together by building capacity for collaboration.


NCI trains and supports professionals and community leaders in the NCI Charrette System – an accelerated, collaborative, design-based process that harnesses the talents and energies of all interested stakeholders to create and support a feasible plan. Through research and publication, NCI continues to bring innovation to the process of transformative collaboration.


Collaborative decision-making that is based on shared values produces holistic solutions. The work of the National Charrette Institute is grounded in four fundamental values:

  • A holistic solution requires a holistic process in which all viewpoints are represented.
  • Openness about assumptions, process, and data builds trust and engagement in the process.
  • Shared Learning. When all relevant stakeholders are present at key decision points, shared learning leads to new understanding and to changes in people’s perceptions and positions.
  • Design Process. Designing a shared solution in detail is the best tool for resolving conflict and achieving a shared vision.