Go Pro and Give Back: Conteneo Announces 100% Donation Program to Benefit the Every Voice Engaged Foundation

Mountain View, CA — August 5, 2015 — Today, Conteneo Inc. announced its Collaboration Superhero donation program to support the work of the Every Voice Engaged Foundation. Every Voice Engaged is a 501(3)(c) nonprofit co-founded by Conteneo CEO Luke Hohmann. The nonprofit foundation’s mission is to help citizens, governments and nonprofit organizations collaboratively solve problems that are unsolvable without civic engagement.

“We founded the Every Voice Engaged Foundation to help communities take advantage of the agile practices and methods we had used so successfully to tackle intractable problems in the business world,” said Hohmann. “And we are proud to have helped communities around the world collaboratively solve complex issues in municipal budgeting, urban planning and environmental issues.”

The donation program is designed to fund civic engagement projects in communities around the world, such as the Let’s Talk Water project focused on the California drought. Conteneo will donate 100% of the fees paid for a subscription to the Conteneo Collaboration Cloud’s Idea Engine and Decision Engine when new users sign up using the Every Voice Engaged Coupon Codes:

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  • evef100 — $100 donation & a one-year pro license.
  • evef250 — $250 donation & a one-year pro license.
  • evef500 — $500 donation & a one-year pro license.

Individuals can sign up at https://innovationgames.com/user_mgt/sign_up

Want to know more about Every Voice Engaged? The Every Voice Engaged Foundation and its community partners are a sponsor of Agile 2015. Join the EVEF team at its booth on the Exhibit floor to find out more about how you can bring these collaborative techniques to your community. Or join a webinar hosted by Director of Partnerships Laura Richardson on September 2, 2015 at 9:00 AM. Sign up at: http://everyvoiceengaged.org/webinar/

About Conteneo
Conteneo is the leading provider of multidimensional collaboration solutions for the public and private sector. The Conteneo Collaboration Cloud and our Collaboration Consulting services enable organizations to improve performance across the enterprise, including culture and change management, market research, strategy, complex sales, and innovation and product development. Current and past clients include Adobe Systems, Cisco, Emerson Climate Technologies, HP, Rackspace, Reed Elsevier, Qualcomm, SAP, Yahoo! and others. For more information, go to http://conteneo.co.

About Every Voice Engaged® Foundation
Every Voice Engaged® is a 501 3(c) nonprofit that that helps citizens, governments and nonprofit organizations collaboratively solve problems that are unsolvable without civic engagement. Find out more at http://everyvoiceengaged.org

Tackling School Enrollment Growth with Strategy Engine

In April, we began working with the Los Altos School District (LASD) on a project to tackle the district’s growing enrollment population.  Part of our mandate is to help the LASD improve community engagement, enabling a wider segment of the population to explore options and reach consensus to solve these problems.  With $150 million in bond money on the table, the district felt it was critical to get broad input into the decision process from the community.

“We want to make sure we have a representative sample of our community,” Superintendent Jeff Baier told the Los Altos Town Crier. “We want to tease out new ideas and reactions to what is being presented. Then through conversations, new opinions can be formed and eventually consensus.”

On April 22, the Conteneo team, led by Laura Richardson, and the Los Altos School district kicked off LosAltosCommunityMeetingthe project with a community meeting to begin the necessary work to complete the “framing” of the problem for the next phase of the project where 100s of Los Altos residents will participate in structured online discussions using Conteneo’s Strategy Engine to find common ground regarding the district’s options for tackling the enrollment growth issue.

More than 100 Los Alto School District parents, teachers, administrators and interested residents attended he “open to all” public meeting where they were able to share their ideas, thoughts and concerns on how to handle the growing enrollment. The Conteneo facilitation team used the collaborative framework called Speed Boat to structure the conversations with the goal of uncovering where people were confused and where they needed facts.

“The Speed Boat collaboration framework may look a little simple at first,” said Laura Richardson, vice president of sales at Conteneo,”but it’s an effective way to solicit new ideas from people who might not normally give feedback at public meetings. Public meetings might feel like open mic night, and it can be incredibly difficult to get information from everyone. The few people who actually get a chance to talk are an incredibly small percentage of the community.”

Richardson continued,  “While this input is important, it is not sufficient.  LASD really wanted to find a way to include citizens who are unable to attend public meetings.  By going online, we can give people an opportunity to express their ideas even if the only time they can do so is at 6:30 am in the morning.”

When the online Strategy Engine forums begin, participants will be seeking to find common ground, exploring three options around the enrollment growth issue, including one created from the actions and drawbacks gleaned from the public meeting.  For more information regarding the engagement or Strategy Engine, contact us at info@conteneo.co.


Luke Hohmann to Give Kickoff Keynote at Agile 2015

We’re thrilled to announce that our CEO & Founder Luke Hohmann has been selected as the main stage keynote at Agile 2015 in Washington, DC. Customer collaboration is a key tenet in the Agile Manifesto, highlighted on the first page, and underscoring and supporting the other tenets. This year’s Agile 2015 conference will highlight the importance of communication and collaboration in agile practices, and the keynote speakers have been tasked with bringing together diverse experiences, perspectives, skills and ideas on collaboration and communication.

Collaboration is at the heart of what we do at Conteneo and in our nonprofit foundation Every Voice Engaged. And we’re honored that Luke has been selected to speak.

Snow Flurries, Snowstorms and Snow Falls. LhohmannPlantoReplan

The agile values and practices we hold dear affect all aspects of our lives, not just our work lives. They also affect our schools, our relationships, and even how we choose to practice democracy.

In “The Difference Between Snow Flurries, Snowstorms, and Snow Falls, “ on Monday, August 3rd, Luke will show how collaborative, social, and serious games have blossomed into multidimensional collaboration frameworks. Many of these frameworks and games have roots within the Agile community and are being used to make world a better place in simple and profound ways. Often in ways not related to software at all.

But what does snow have to do with collaboration? Luke grew up in a place which was cold and often had a lot of snow. A snow flurry is a lot of activity with no accumulation. Typically frustrating. A snowstorm is just a wreck. A snow fall is a nicer, more gentle accumulation of real results. Luke will use the snow metaphor to frame his subject– collaboration & communication. He will make distinctions between talking past each other (a snow flurry), arguing (a snowstorm) and true collaboration (a snow fall).

Finally, Luke will provide you with clear actionable advice on how you can improve one of the most fundamental agile practices – retrospectives.

We hope to see you there!



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