About Charlotte | Ideal Projects | Facilitation Style

Charlotte Young, Ph.D. leads envision and works with a network of associates to create the right team for your assignment. Moreover, we can expand your facilitation team for a large project. Or, we can complement your technical capability in sciences and engineering by providing expertise in the “human dimension” or “human factors” of environment, health and natural resources projects. We can enliven any meeting with graphics and visuals.

Charlotte Young, Ph.D.; Director of Practice

Charlotte works with teams, groups and organizations in supporting them to craft solutions for a healthy planet with happy people. Using tools such as facilitation, mediation, consensus building and collaboration, evaluation, graphic recording and capacity building she sets the space to garner everyone’s contribution to address challenges that one individual or organization can’t solve alone while simultaneously paying attention to group process and dynamics.

Charlotte’s best work is situated at the intersection of outstanding group process, visual thinking and building a group’s capacity to collaborate so they are even more effective next time they gather. These diverse processes enable groups to work collectively, cooperatively and collaboratively to create innovative and impactful solutions.

Charlotte holds a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in applied psychology. She is a certified mediator, a facilitator for True Colours personality strengths inventory and a graphic recorder. As a dual Canadian and American citizen, Charlotte works both sides of the border as well as occasionally elsewhere.

Ideal Projects

She’s especially delighted with projects involving multiple organizations which work together on a big problem or thorny issue over the long haul – like planning where forestry should head in the next five years, or how the many players should be collaborating to ensure high quality water for everyone, or how health is impacted by the natural environment. The latter, for instance, could involve bringing air quality specialists, epidemiologists, urban foresters, land use planners, engineers and water treatment plant operators. Through the muddling of collaboration, she has seen more creative, more broadly supported and ultimately easier to implement solutions because everyone’s had a role in creating the solution(s).

Facilitation Style

As a guide by the side, Charlotte advocates for magnificent group process that support the needs of the group with while simultaneously having as much fun as possible. She uses participatory and interactive methods that appeal to both introverts and extroverts; varied pacing of individuals; and visual, auditory and kinesthetic learning preferences. At times these techniques are structured and directive; at other times they are more open and exploratory so that participants can reflect and gain new insights. By balancing activities that both build relationships and enable participants to accomplish tasks, she catalyzes and empowers groups to minimize tangents, reduce duplication, and address conflicts while quickly getting to the heart of the matter.