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  • Announcing the Closing Remarks Newsletter

    Announcing the Closing Remarks Newsletter

    Hi friends! I started a newsletter. It’s called Closing Remarks and it’s gonna be a semi-regular (maybe twice a month?) roundup of links related to non-profit closures and the assumed connection between longevity and impact. You can see the first issue and sign up for it here. Thanks!

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  • A Good Day To Die: Some Reasons To Call It Quits

    A Good Day To Die: Some Reasons To Call It Quits

    One of the major goals of The Wind Down is to help shift the discourse around non-profit endings so that the immediate assumption isn’t that the organization or project closure is the result of loss or failure. Not only is it too often the case that outsiders hold this belief, sometimes people inside the organization…

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  • What I’m Doing – April 2024

    What I’m Doing – April 2024

    These last few months of building this practice have been some of the most satisfying of my life. With every passing networking call, I feel a stronger sense that what I am doing is needed, and every closure hotline call fills me up with an almost-overwhelming sense of purpose. The other day, as another hotline…

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  • AHA!s:February 2024

    AHA!s:February 2024

    This month has been positively revelatory. I have had so many dynamic conversations with people who are/have been thinking through what it means for projects to come to an end. Here are some of my biggest takeaways this month. AHA! #1: There Are So Many Things That (Need To) Close! When I initially conceived of…

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  • What A Dedicated Closure Consultant Can Do

    What A Dedicated Closure Consultant Can Do

    Closure consultancy is a very new field; so new, in fact, that we haven’t even agreed on a name for the practice. Some people call themselves organizational development consultants while others are transformational doulas. Whatever the name, the focus is still clear: we want to help you in the sometimes-messy process of closing up shop.…

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  • Morning Closure Affirmation by Iyanla VanZant

    Morning Closure Affirmation by Iyanla VanZant

    Morning Closure Affirmation  by Iyanla Vanzant from One Day My Soul Just Opened Up Today, I surrender, I release, I detach from every person, every circumstance, every condition, and every situation that no longer serves a divine purpose in my life.Today, I realize that all things have a season, and that all seasons must come…

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  • Some Consequences of Bad Endings

    Some Consequences of Bad Endings

    “A good consumer off-boarding experience should be…connected consciously to the rest of the experience through emotional triggers that are the measurable and actionable by the user. It should identify and bond the consumer and provider together in mutual responsibility.” It’s aim should be to neutralise the negative consequences of consumption. It should be concluded in…

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  • In The Ends, Language Matters

    In The Ends, Language Matters

    “We discovered that exits can also be creative moments, and can generate new opportunities in terms of staff development. They can also catalyse critical thinking about development, and help people to focus on which activities will be most sustainable in the long-run rather than continuing with the status quo.” – Lucy Morris, EveryChild’s Responsible Exit…

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  • Presenting to The Composting + Hospicing Community of Practice

    Presenting to The Composting + Hospicing Community of Practice

    In October 2022, I traveled to the UK to visit family and see some sites. During that time I also had the great opportunity to meet Louise, Cassie, and Iona of Stewarding Loss, an organization focused on supporting civil society organizations through mergers and closures. At that time we talked briefly about bringing together more…

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  • Why close with care?

    Why close with care?

    Over the past two decades, I’ve been a part of many companies, campaigns, and organizations that eventually came to an end either due to inertia, attrition, acquisition, or conscious decision. No matter how or why it comes apart, the process of ending a formation that you have given your time and energy to is difficult…

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