Why is ActionMap different? (What are its unique strengths?)

ActionMap services have several unique strengths compared to conventional nonprofit consulting services.

ActionMap® online workshop programs are:

Fast – significant results can be created in a few hours of online workshops over two or three weeks or less.

Reliable – the ActionMap workshop procedures have been proven in over 100 engagements.

Versatile – ActionMap has been applied to a wide range of purposes, from strategy to action plans.

Affordable – ActionMap workshops can produce significant results in strategy, team building and capacity action planning at a fixed cost of $995 (and see our “you set the price” offer above.)

Collaborative – ActionMap can be used in conjunction with many other methodologies and services, including for initial engagement stages.

Scalable – Extensively supported by software, the ActionMap® workshop method is widely learnable, greatly increasing the number of people that are able to contribute to organization and process optimization for environmental action organizations.

Collaboration with other service providers

ActionMap welcomes and is actively pursuing the opportunity to partner with other nonprofit consultancies in order to add value to their service offerings while broadening ActionMap’s scope of impact.

How do ActionMap workshops produce value?

(Secret sauce part 1)

The resources needed for large amounts of capacity building already exist within the organization.

Those resources are the knowledge, values and ideas in the minds of the staff, volunteers, and other stakeholders. 

Those resources need to be surfaced, captured, combined, structured and shared in program process models and action plans.

That’s what ActionMap workshops do.

Why are ActionMap workshops fast and reliable?

(secret sauce part 2) 

ActionMap employs an innovative software application for conducting reliable, fast-paced, high-engagement workshops, both online and in-person.

35 Second Workshop Overview Video

One of the best ways to appreciate the value of ActionMap workshops is to look at examples of the work products they produce.

What about organizational stress?

Organizational stress is reduced by increasing shared understanding

What valuable “people” results are produced by ActionMap workshops?

  ActionMap workshops strengthen knowledge sharing, teamwork and engagement, helping to increase productivity, distribute workload and reduce stress.

  Board member engagement is increased through stronger shared understanding of operational details.

Communications and support between grantmakers and grantees is enhanced by strong shared understanding of activities and plans. 

What are multi-workshop programs like?

Workshop Program Designs

General Guidelines

❑  Workshops use an online software application, accessed through e-meeting services such as Zoom or WebEx. Participants need to be able to view the application via individual workstations or large display screens or projections in meeting rooms.

❑  Identify the right people to attend and participate.  The group will ideally consists of people that together have knowledge of the entire topic area, and who are central for creating strong shared understanding and alignment.

❑  Workshops are initially scheduled for two hours, with 90+ minutes effective working time.

❑  No advance training or knowledge exchange is required for participants or facilitator. Just schedule the time and get started.

❑  Results are exported to PowerPoint and Excel for broad distribution.

❑  The PowerPoint and Excel work products can be used after the workshops to capture additional information from a larger group.  That information can then be added into the software for re-export.


ActionMap offers subscriptions and training in the software so that groups can run their own workshops with no further ActionMap service fees.

What do ActionMap services cost?

How much are ActionMap services worth to your organization?

You decide.  That’s our offer. 

Below is our target pricing. Our offer is this. We will deliver the core program, described below. After 30 days, you decide how much you think it was worth to your organization, and pay us that. Including if you think it should be pro bono, or of no value to you. *

We make this offer in part because we believe the services will advance your positive impact in any case (and we want that to happen.)


Core workshop programs deliver significant standalone value in terms of:
❑ knowledge sharing,
❑ team building, 
❑ detailed process maps, and
❑ concrete, doable action plans

These core programs can be conducted within a few weeks (or even days) at a fixed cost of  $995.

Again, this is a standalone value: we would love to have an ongoing relationship, however one goal of these programs is that you will not need us afterwards.

This core program package covers:
❑ Initial consultation and program design conversation (see “Program Design” above.)
❑ Communications for meeting planning and coordination.
❑ Up to four hours of online workshop time, producing the work products described our examples page (click), along with strong shared understanding, knowledge sharing and team buliding.
❑ Post-workshop document preparation (for distribution in PowerPoint and Excel).
❑ Up to an hour of action plan organizing, formatting and review.
❑ Workshop and program review conversations.

This investment can be rapidly returned through increased productivity and impact, and has lasting benefits in terms of shared understanding and process documentation.

This investment can also be compared to impact that will not occur if you do not increase capacity in this or another way.

Additional services are billed at a target rate of $195 per hour, always on clear mutual agreement. (That rate is based on mostly doing workshops and related planning and coaching; we do not regularly do general business analysis or detailed document creation. Happy to define that work for other people though!)

The times above are flexible; our goal is to deliver the results.

Alternative fee and payment structures are also available.

And again, you decide, after 30 days, whether the services have produced value for your organization, and how much that is worth.

(* This offer is available for a limited time, and some conditions apply.)

How does ActionMap support capacity building?

ActionMap workshops: 

Quickly produce strong shared understanding among stakeholders of operational processes along with each other’s interests, concerns and ideas with respect to those processes.

 ❑  This strong shared understanding is a foundation for engagement, teamwork, and all other capacity building functions and stages, from vision to detailed implementation.

Rapidly accomplish detailed discovery of organizational processes along with stakeholder’s views of those processes.

Produce high quality process maps, evaluations and action plans based on strong shared understanding among stakeholders of operational details.

Systematically uncover actionable opportunities for process improvement and organizational change. 

Provide fast, effective, affordable support for in-house capacity building efforts.

Quickly launch extended capacity building projects and accelerate extended capacity building implementations.

How does ActionMap work with other consulting providers?

All of the features above are part of ActionMap’s abililty to add value in collaboration with other consulting providers.

ActionMap workshops can quickly accomplish detailed discovery while creating shared understanding among stakeholders, including other consultants.

Other consulting services with greater specific expertise then have a strong foundation for adding value in the areas that they focus on.

This can support a wide range of purposes, as described in the “Who has used / where used” section above.


Who delivers ActionMap workshops?

About ActionMap

ActionMap services are delivered by Jim Johnson, co-founder of ActionMap Inc., a consultancy and software provider based in the San Francisco Bay Area.  

Jim’s career includes over 40 years of:
❑ IT development, management, support and sales
❑ Tier 1 consulting business development and account management
❑ IT performance management and compliance
❑ Professional meeting facilitation.

Jim has a B.S. in Mathematics from Harvey Mudd College, where he served as student body president. 

For more information about Jim see his LinkedIn profile here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jimjohnson
or see the “Company Info” item on the main menu above.

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