Ascend Partners Group’s Dr. Paul Lanning facilitated the first of three planned community conversations with stakeholders at Filoli yesterday, focusing on the future of the historic country estate located in Woodside, CA. This is the start of a strategic planning process that will include plans for the estate’s Centennial Celebration as well as fund development and long-term sustainability plans. The session included a number of interactive opportunities for Filoli’s membership, volunteers, staff, and board members to express their thoughts in a variety of ways. Activities included table topic discussions, a “dot exercise” with red, yellow, and green dots signifying participants’ reactions to a series of questions, comment cards at each table for additional thoughts, and a “graffiti wall” with seed topics. Information gathered in these sessions will help inform the strategic planning process in the coming months.