Shifting Patterns Consulting

Partnerships, Networks and Movement Building

Washington, District of Columbia

United States

www.shifting-patterns.com

About Shifting Patterns

Shifting Patterns helps teams become more efficient and more effective in achieving their social impact mission. Shifting Patterns helps solve the problems that get in the way of healthy, productive workplaces, and they provide support for sustained, improved performance for organizations focused on greater social impact.

Their consulting and coaching services transform social enterprise teams by improving relationships and mission focus, teaching skills for better effectiveness, and implementing strategies to help organizations achieve their social impact goals. Shifting Patterns has worked with social enterprise accelerators like Ashoka Changemakers, socially responsible business associations like Chesapeake Sustainable Business Council, and social justice networks like National Justice for Our Neighbors to determine strategic direction; build stronger, more resilient teams; and mobilize resources more effectively.

At Shifting Patterns, values are more than words on a sheet of paper. They are a reflection of who we are and are at the essence of our work in facilitating social change. We’re proud to be a member of the B Corp Community where the “B” in benefit not only represents the kinds of organizations we work with, but also the principles by which we operate.

The Change We Seek®

Shifting Patterns envisions a world where B Corps, social enterprises, and nonprofits have the skills and other resources they need to make a significant positive contribution to society. Whether they are reducing inequality, advancing civil rights, mitigating climate change, or building community wealth, their clients share a mission to improve the world.

Shifting Patterns is not your typical consultancy firm:

  • They work exclusively with changemaker leaders
  • They share your mission focus to bring about social change
  • Their role is a change partner, not an “extra pair of hands” 
  • They facilitate critical conversations that are not already taking place
  • They develop your capacity to solve problems on your own, providing skills to build and maintain healthy human systems
  • They leave you with positive results that are more powerful, longer-lasting, and essential for better organizational well-being

Shifting Patterns understands that creating transformational benefit for marginalized communities requires a level of organizational function that is not always found in social benefit organizations. They help create and strengthen those internal support systems as well as the ecosystems that facilitate social change activities.

A gap between projects created an opportune time for the Ashoka Changemakers Network Activation Team to set strategic goals for the coming year, improve its work processes, and enable team members to get to know each other better. Shifting Patterns worked closely with the Director of Network Activation to co-design a retreat that centered on key issues identified by team members and supported the Director as the main facilitator. The retreat strengthened team members’ leadership skills by tasking them with determining a strategy and improving work processes. Among the results achieved by the end of the retreat were: a purpose statement, strategic goals and an action plan to guide the work of the team over the next year; greater clarity about team members’ roles and responsibilities; and processes for improving team meetings and for increasing support among team members. Equally important, team members formed stronger bonds during activities that took place within and outside of the retreat.

Blessed Coffee is a benefit corporation that directly connects Ethiopian small coffee farmers, representing one million families, with specialty coffee consumers in the United States. To raise the capital needed to open a coffeehouse, Blessed Coffee assembled a team of businesses and individual professionals, including Shifting Patterns, to launch the Brewing Change Campaign. Where most groups launch straight into task, Shifting Patterns began with a different approach that involved laying the groundwork for effective performance through relationship building. An important part of this process was developing a team charter that explained the purpose of the campaign, individual roles and responsibilities, and how the team would work together. Investing in team building and backbone support enabled team members to build the relationships needed to successfully develop a crowdfunding campaign.

Kimberley Jutze, Shifting Patterns’ Founder and Chief Change Architect, is an active member of the B Corp community. In May 2015, she helped form B Local: Mid-Atlantic Region and currently serves on its Steering Committee. B Local’s mission is to help grow the B Corp community in the Washington, DC metropolitan area by encouraging companies to become Certified B Corporations and provide opportunities for B Corps to do business with each other. In addition to designing and leading a strategic planning session that resulted in the development of an action plan, Kimberley facilitates monthly Steering Committee meetings and helps organize events. In 2016 Kimberley attended the B Champions Retreat where she co-facilitated a session to promote greater collaboration in the B Corp community.

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

September 2014
Summary:

Company Score

Median Score*

Environment

Environment

The Environment section of the Assessment evaluates a company's environmental performance through its facilities; materials, resource, and energy use; and emissions. Where applicable, it also considers a company's transportation/distribution channels and environmental impact of its supply chain. This section also measures whether a company's products or services are designed to solve an environmental issue, including products that aid in the provision of renewable energy, conserve resources, reduce waste, promote land/wildlife conservation, prevent toxic/hazardous substance or pollution, or educate, measure, or consult to solve environmental problems.

4
7
Workers

Workers

The Worker section of the survey assesses the company's relationship with its workforce. This section measures how the company treats its workers through compensation, benefits, training, and ownership opportunities provided to workers. It also focuses on the overall work environment within the company through management/worker communication, job flexibility and corporate culture, and worker health and safety practices.

18
Customers

Customers

The Customers section of the Assessment measures the impact a company has on its customers. The section focuses on whether a company sells products or services that promote public benefit, and if those products/services are targeted towards serving underserved populations. Questions in this section will measure whether a company's product or service is designed to solve a social or environmental issue (e.g. improves health, preserves environment or creates economic opportunity to individuals or communities, promotes the arts/sciences, or increases the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises).

55
N/A
Community

Community

The Community section of the survey assesses a company's impact on its community. The Community section evaluates a company's supplier relations, diversity, and involvement in the local community. The section also measures the company's practices and policies around community service and charitable giving. In addition, this section includes if a company's product or service is designed to solve a social issue, including access to basic services, health, education, economic opportunity, arts, and increasing the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises.

31
17
Governance

Governance

The Governance section of the Assessment evaluates a company's accountability and transparency. The section focuses on the company's mission, stakeholder engagement, and overall transparency of the company's practices and policies.

13
6
Overall B Score
102
55

80 out of 200 is eligible for certification

*Of all businesses that have completed the B Impact Assessment

*Median scores will not add up to overall

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