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"The future can’t be predicted but it can be envisioned and brought lovingly into being."
Donella Meadows

Whether you work for a business or utility, you are a regulator, an advocate or policymaker, Graceful Systems can help you.

Can We Help You 

You are . . .

A business or utility providing services within the an energy or infrastructure system.

A person or organization responsible for regulating the provision of energy and other infrastructure services.

An advocate for stakeholders in energy and other infrastructure matters, whether for the environment or consumers generally or perhaps segments of stakeholders such as industrial or low-income consumers.

A policymaker in local, state or federal government. 

People expect you to decide.  People expect you to convene and collaborate.  People expect you to take action.  People expect you to . . . lead.

We can help you do that.

Businesses and Utilities

Businesses and Utilities  

You face:

  • Creatively observe your current reality to find opportunities and understand the system structures that act as barriers to those opportunities 
  • Release thoughts that are no longer useful and the business models they hold in place; thoughts that prevent you from changing and following different paths to success
  • Work with your stakeholders to help them release their old thoughts so that they can see you differently or embrace a different way of doing things they have always done
  • Build capability inside your organization and among your stakeholders to re-think, to experiment in newly discovered open space, to assess what has been learned, and then to repeat this as you move toward your goals  

We can do that.

Regulators

Regulators  

You face:

  • Undefined success
  • Unclear energy policies
  • Crushing work loads

You need help to:

  • Use creative observation to build a rich picture of “success” that can guide your decisions and actions as the complexity of the systems you regulate unfolds
  • Release old structures and processes of interaction, freeing cycles of experimentation that leads to more effective and efficient participation by all who care
  • Convene stakeholders to engage in facilitated creative observation and the release of old ideas, renewal of ways of seeing things, planting of different approaches and reaping of the learning made possible by those
  • Train your staff and your stakeholders in methods and tools that help them do this, supplementing long-standing patterns of interaction grounded in litigation or legislative-type practices  

We can do that.

Advocates

Advocates  

You face:

  • Fragmented issues
  • Unavoidable trade-offs
  • Strains on financial resources

You need help to:

  • Use creative observation to see more of the whole of issues, including the trade-offs that exist
  • Release old ideas that cause people to see a matter as an unacceptable trade-off and frame the situation differently so that all stakeholders can envision a reality in which the trade-off does not exist there are ways to move current reality closer to an envisioned reality
  • Build capability within your organization and among the stakeholders you work with to use methods and tools that enable collaborative work on releasing the old stuck places, renewing understanding in a broader field, planting new approaches and reaping the rich information they provide 

We can do that.

Government Policymakers

Goverment Policymakers  

You face:

  • Overlapping jurisdictions that cloud perception and initiative
  • Multiple sets of infrastructure, for each of which the owners, managers and users are attempting to optimize operations
  • Shifting demographics and economies that challenge programs and revenues

You need help to:

  • Facilitate creative observation by representatives from all affected jurisdictions so that a shared understanding of current reality can emerge
  • Release old thinking about boundaries between jurisdictions and infrastructures and what optimization means
  • Ask stakeholders the questions that cause them to confront their old ideas, see things in different ways, and develop and try new approaches that produce valuable learning for innovation
  • Find new paths to aligning goals across jurisdictions and infrastructures, and creating the structures that support effective decisions and actions to move results toward the desired outcomes 

We can do that.

 


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