Ang Roell: Consulting

Reimagining Business Structures

Taking cues from ecology to cultivate work cultures of cooperative power 

Do you know how bees communicate? 

 

Sure, most know that they dance out their news, but that’s just the beginning of what is remarkable. Bees share information through dance, investigation and verification.  Then the bees work together to build on each other’s knowledge, building consensus to make decisions. 

The longer I’ve worked as an apiarist (beekeeper), the more nature taught me about organizational decision-making.

 

I’ve worked as an Executive Director, Evaluator, Developmental Specialist and Educator. Throughout these roles, I’ve led strategic planning efforts, conducted audits, managed large grants, and crafted innovative programming. I’ve collaborated with community partners for using grassroots strategies. In all of these roles, I’ve seen how building strategies for effective cooperation & communication can improve the workplace. 

We’re in a state of constant production, preventing us from pausing to reflect. When we fail to stop, we can’t evaluate the impact of our actions. In organizations, that can lead to burn out, ineffective teams, and interpersonal conflict.

Cooperative, equitable working structures

 

While corporations often need hierarchies and chains of command, these structures aren’t necessary in every context. Moreover, they often deter progress, stifle creativity, and create toxic organization cultures. With a focus on bettering workplace environments through organic modeling, I work with growth-oriented businesses who realize that their success is rested on their team. You work with people, not resources.

Services

 

  • Organizational systems and/or process audits

  • Collaborative and experiential learning modules

  • Project design, implementation & evaluation

 

The Process

Each business is unique and requires different support to thrive. All my work is highly customized, evidence based, and rooted in justice-orientated, nature-based practices that improve workplace culture. While each working roadmap is different, there are some common practices I do with most clients. 

  1. Initial assessment/project debrief

  2. Conduct internal audit 

  3. Designing frameworks for change

  4. Implementing frameworks which may include group workshops, training, or facilitation.

Cost

Sliding scale rate from $75-150 per hour. 

 

Not all of us have access to the same privileges. Sliding scale creates equitable access to my services and helps address the systemic oppression of marginalized groups.

 

Initial consultations and quotes are always free.

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Collaborators


  • John Kent Alexander
    John Kent Alexander is an independent facilitator specializing in anti-racist and other social justice-related workshops in Northampton, MA.
  • Fertile Ground Schools
    “Fertile Ground is a leading farm to school initiative that empowers children, youth and their families to make smart food choices, to work together across race, class and difference, and to become engaged citizens, improving their communities through school gardens, food celebrations, and caring for the land.”




Clients


PV Squared TerraCorps “TerraCorps works at the intersection of the land trust and urban agriculture movements to create a future where land is the foundation of health and well-being for ALL people in EVERY community.” Pioneer Valley Grows “A collaborative network dedicated to enhancing the ecological and economic sustainability and vitality of the Pioneer Valley food system.” Nuestras Raíces “Nuestras Raíces is a grassroots urban agriculture organization based in Holyoke MA. Our mission is to create healthy environments, celebrate “agri-culture,” harness our collective energy, and to advance our vision of a just and sustainable future.” Stockbridge School of Agriculture: Sustainable Food & Farming Bachelors Degree Program “The university that had its beginning as “Mass Aggie” has become “the place to be” for students in the rapidly growing field of sustainable agriculture and food system studies. In a recent ranking of the “best global agricultural universities,” UMass was placed 3rd best in the U.S. Long recognized for its cutting edge research, UMass is also the home to the fastest growing and largest undergraduate major in sustainable agriculture in the nation.” The Women’s Center at Montague Catholic Social Ministries “The Women’s Center is open to all women and provides a safe place to build a nurturing community with peer support. Women’s Center programs and workshops offer opportunities for connection, healing and growth while increasing confidence and leadership skills. Together, we work to break the cycle of intergenerational violence and isolation and to expand safe environments for women.” Northeast Organic Farming Association “Through education and advocacy NOFA/Mass promotes organic agriculture to expand the production and availability of nutritious food from living soil for the health of individuals, communities and the planet.” Florida International University – College of Arts, Science, and Education “We’re developing solutions to the greatest challenges of our time while training the next generation of leaders, innovators and educators. Faculty and students are working with decision makers on every level to understand and address the problems our communities face.” Franklin County Sheriff’s Office “At the heart of Greenfield’s opioid treatment strategy is the Franklin County Jail, located on the west side, at the base of Greenfield mountain. Sheriff Chris Donelan and his staff treat the jail as a ‘locked treatment facility.’ The jail, meanwhile, has created explicit pathways from addiction and incarceration to [employment in] the food industry through vocational training.”





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