• Attendees of the MSU Extension training by NCI, listening to a presenter.

    Public meeting challenge? Send in the working groups.

    Published on July 12, 2012

    There was a much informative discussion this week on the topic of advisory committees, or working groups as they are sometimes called, at the NCI Charrette System™ training at the Michigan State University Extension in Lansing.

  • You never know what will happen at a charrette!

    Published on June 14, 2012

    We had a real charrette moment at our public NCI Charrette System Certificate training in DC last week. At around 2 PM on the first day of the training we were asked to evacuate the building.

  • Collaborate? Sure, but how…

    Published on January 18, 2012

    The recent New York Times opinion piece, "The Rise of the New Groupthink," poses a challenge to the rising trend of increased collaboration in business and schools.

  • Tip of the Month: Pre-charrette education

    Published on August 24, 2010

    How can you reduce the learning curve for charrette participants? If you have a complex issue like affordable housing or sustainable street design you may not want to wait until the charrette to start the discussion.

  • Tip: How to start a charrette

    Published on September 16, 2009

    It may seem basic, but the most important thing to tell a community the first time you meet them is that you haven’t started the design yet.

  • Tips for selling charrettes

    Published on October 27, 2008

    One of the most common questions we receive at NCI is how to convince a sponsoring agency or client to do a charrette for their project.

  • Why would a developer want to do a charrette?

    Published on March 3, 2007

    A NCI charrette is designed to protect the project sponsor’s position, whether the sponsor is a developer or public agency, by guarding against commandeering of the project by any one person or group.

  • Public meeting facilitator set-ups

    Published on June 3, 2006

    It is important that a skilled facilitator lead meetings with all of the tools and techniques to handle difficult meetings at his or her disposal. The first task for a facilitator is to gain agreements on the meeting “set-ups.”

  • Building charrette teams

    Published on July 3, 2005

    It is not uncommon for charrette teams to include a mix of people who are used to working together, as well as those who are not.