My consulting and facilitation work has been centered on developing processes for genuine and inclusive participation and engagement of local stakeholders. How can we engage people in the decisions that affect the future of their cherished places, neighborhoods and cities?
I have designed welcoming spaces/moments for people to connect with each other in meaningful ways. These spaces/moments have helped people build social and creative capital; share ideas and resources; identify assets, opportunities and goals; and develop and decide on plans for action.
I am experienced in bringing together people from diverse ages, backgrounds, classes and viewpoints, and I use arts and storytelling as tools for connection and engagement, as well as my own unique workshops, events and walking excursions.
For more than 25 years I have been engaged in work related to civic engagement, from facilitating conflict resolution workshops in California to developing and public engagement processes for urban planning projects in DC to bringing diverse residents together for community dialogues in Miami.
My work has helped clients navigate through times of change and benefit from the diversity of voices, ideas and opinions that can contribute to more just, inclusive and sustainable neighborhoods and cities.I have facilitated community dialogues, charrettes and other types of gatherings (e.g., strategic planning sessions), using dialogue techniques such as World Cafe and Open Source but also my own unique, art-based techniques for sparking dialogue and the sharing of knowledge, resources and ideas.
For instance, I have facilitated public conversations on topics including:
- building a system for healthy, local food;
- connecting local assets to create a stronger city;
- addressing limited access to healthy food in low-income communities;
- connecting artists with activists and people working for social change;
- cultural and historic preservation in a changing city;
- arts and civic engagement;
- urban planning/transportation projects affecting neighborhoods or commercial corridors.
My consulting clients have included planning agencies and firms, developers, small businesses, community development corporations, civic and neighborhood groups and nonprofits, faith-based organizations and foundations. Based on the success of my work as a consultant and facilitator specializing in public engagement, my profile was included in Becoming an Urban Planner: A Guide to Careers in Urban Planning (Wiley & Sons).
I offer my services in both English and Spanish.
Partial Project List:
- Director, World Cafe Dialogue Facilitator, Workshop Instructor:
- Imagine Miami Changemaker Conferences I, II & III (Miami, 2008, 2009)
- Summit on Arts, Culture & Civic Engagement (Miami, 2008)
- Public Participation Consultant:
- Florida Atlantic University. Served as a Graduate Teaching Fellow and Advisor for “Civic Engagement & Neighborhood Revitalization: Issues and Options for Miami’s Little Havana.” This final planning project for Master’s students in the School of Urban and Regional Planning at Florida Atlantic University involved connecting students to local stakeholders, leading walking tours of the neighborhood, and assistance with research projects focused on the neighborhood, with final presentations to the community (Miami, FL, 2015-2016)
- Urban Land Institute Technical Assistance Panel, City of Ft. Lauderdale’s Sistrunk Corridor (Ft. Lauderdale, FL 2014)
- 2006 Revision of Washington, DC Comprehensive Plan (DC, 2006)
- Georgia Avenue-Petworth Metro Station Area and Corridor Plan (DC)
- South Capitol Street Corridor Study (DC)
- Adams Morgan Transportation Study (2005, DC)
- Gateway Arts District (Mt. Rainer, MD) (consulting on public outreach)
- New York Avenue Corridor Study (DC)
- Broward Local Food System Community Roundtable (Hollywood, FL, 2012) (and Public Participation Consultant)
- Board Retreat, Next@19th (Miami, 2012)
- Greater Everglades Local Food Summit (Miami, 2010, 2011)(led group exercises)
- Virginia Key Master Plan Public Planning Charrette (Miami, 2010)
- Strategic Planning Retreat, Neat Stuff, Inc. (Miami, 2009)
- Board Retreat, Neat Stuff, Inc. (Miami, 2009)
- Conversation Cafe Discussion on Urban Food Deserts (Miami, 2009)
- Preserving What Matters Workshop & Community Dialogue (Miami, 2008)
“Group synthesis activities are very challenging. You just cannot pop up a PowerPoint and hope your message gets across. You need someone who can communicate to the group and to each individual, in multiple modalities. Corinna has a deep,intuitive sense about different learning styles, interpersonal reactions to group activities, and creating space for individual co-learning and expression. She sees the forest, and each tree at the same time. She can communicate complex material in a form that everyone understands: via word, image, sound, motion, and silence. I would never venture into a group synthesis activity without her wisdom.” — Anthony Olivieri, Owner, FHEED, LLC
“Corinna Moebius is the embodiment of talent, passion, compassion, boundless generosity and above all action. I have enjoyed working with her and have watched all of her community empowerment projects grow into networks of proactive communities and successful civic engagements. I look forward to continue working with her and highly recommend Corinna Moebius for any endeavor she may wish to pursue.”
— Evelin Ramirez, District IV Representative Community Relations Specialist, Florida Commission on Human Relations
“Corinna is the architect of the famous ‘Quadrangle Strategy’ that is the foundation on which ALL the rest of what we did for public involvement rests. I recall the first time Corinna sketched it out for us at HNTB’s office. It was like ‘Damn, that’s brilliant!’ So on behalf of everybody on the project team and all the residents who will never know how they came to be informed, educated and engaged as well as they did, Corinna, ‘thank you for everything’.”
— Don Edwards, Principal, Justice & Sustainability Associates, LLC (Lead Public Participation Consultant for the 2006 Revision of the DC Comprehensive Plan)
“Awesome conference! Thank you, and everyone else who worked so hard to arrange it, and pull it together the day of the event. The speakers were great, and the attendance was strong. All came together to make this a very insightful day. I went through life in Miami for years looking for something like this, without knowing who, how, where, or what. Such a cool idea. I look forward to the next conference, and any formal or informal conversations, or workshops that may come up between here and there.”
— Darrill A. Gaschler, attendee of Imagine Miami Changemaker Conference (I directed, designed and facilitated the conference)
“I wanted to take the opportunity to thank and congratulate you and your staff for putting together such a wonderful conference. It was exciting to meet so many people working for the community and the diversity of programs out there working for this cause. The speakers were impressive and inspirational transmitting their passion and belief in the community’s potential through their work. I look forward to more to come and again thank you for your commitment.”
— Attendee of Imagine Miami Changemaker Conference
“The conference increased my interest in seeing Miami become a better place … [It] allowed me to see even more of the potential held within Miami as we continue to grow. Bigger isn’t always better, but with the growth, we have the chance to make changes along the way to make the entire county much more user-friendly, and enjoyable. My interest in being INVOLVED in Miami’s betterment was definitely enhanced by attending this conference.”
— Attendee of Imagine Miami Changemaker Conference
“THANK YOU! You did an amazing job facilitating the Broward Local Food System Roundtable.”
— Teina Phillips, MPA, Program Director, TOUCH Program, Broward Regional Health Planning Council
“You wanted to create a network of collective voices with ‘making Miami-Dade a better place’ as the goal. You saw how many people were ready to the same. I think they all found new ways to realize those goals after your Summit.”
— Attendee of Imagine Miami Summit on Arts, Culture & Civic Engagement
“… it was truly uplifting, connecting, energizing and transformative.”
— Linda McGlathery, participant at Imagine Miami Changemaker Conference
“[The Imagine Miami Changemaker Conference] was a huge success! It was fun and stimulating to be around creative people who care deeply about Miami. There are excellent opportunities for connections and collaboration as we seek to make Miami an even better place to live and thrive.”
— Richard Albritton, former candidate for U.S. Congress
“Corinna, I want to say that you are really an incredible consultant. I love working on projects with you and the way you add your own creativity and intelligence to every little task. Thank you for all your work for CTCNet and the many communities you touch. You’ve done such great work on this project.”
— John Zoltner, Director of Strategy & Development, Community Technology Centers’ Network (CTCNet)
“Corinna is a bright star, and it is hard to just sum up what a valuable asset she was to our startup. She was not only effective and detailed, producing more work than her peers in less time, she produced outstanding quality day-in and day-out. She contributed far beyond what was expected of her with ideas and insights that were always aimed at improving content and business processes. She is all that, as well as forthright and honest, the kind of person and employee you can count on at all levels, a bright star.”
— Jeff Morrow, Owner, Career Marketing Online, LLC (former VC, Content Development, Luckman Interactive)
“Corinna, Thank you very much for working with us on the overall process [for engaging the Latino community]. Obviously, you know that some things are essential in events with the Latino Community. Mil Gracias.”
— Lillian Perdomo, Executive Director, Multicultural Community Services
“Corinna designed and implemented an online marketing strategy for an online community and resource website we created at the Morino Institute, YouthLearn. She did a fantastic job. Was thorough, quick, personable, on time and on budget, brought lots of expertise and creativity to the task and presented it all very professionally. She was a pleasure to work with and I would recommend her without reservation.”
— Victoria Vrana, then Director of Interactive Media at the Morino Institute