Civic Reinventions helps organizations uncover the wisdom in their diversity and implement inclusive practices.  We are experienced at leading workshops, all-staff planning events, and annual conferences in ways that engage all stakeholders, break down silos, and build commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Dr. Mark Smutny, founder of Civic Reinventions, Inc., is particularly skilled in working with nonprofits and facilitating multi-sector planning events.  He is a professional facilitator, consultant, workshop leader, speaker, and author of the book THRIVE: The Facilitator’s Guide to Radically Inclusive Meetings. 

Dr. Mark Smutny can help your organization:

Build inclusive meeting practices that engage all voices and perspectives.

Discover tools and techniques that build organizational commitment, ownership, and follow-through. These techniques include specialized meeting strategies such as World Café, Open Space Technology, and Liberating Structures.

Increase awareness of the impact of privilege and learn how to be allies in increasingly diverse organizations and communities.

Develop specific plans to increase your organization’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion at all levels of the organization.

Facilitate respectful dialogue in polarized settings.


We begin with a free thirty-minute consultation during which we listen to your organization’s unique needs and aspirations.

We design a plan tailored specifically for your organization.

We believe in a whole system approach that includes representatives of all stakeholders in the planning process, including those most commonly ignored. This approach sets the table for system-wide change.

We work with you to develop clear strategies that produce specific, measurable results.

We write our work products in simple, easy-to-read English.

We believe that, with the right tools, patience, and perseverance, you can change the culture of your organization.


“I highly recommend Mark Smutny as an organizer, consultant and strategist for community development work. Mark was instrumental in engaging community stakeholders through retreats, World Cafés, and other tools to empower citizens to make Pasadena’s downtown a safer, more walkable and prosperous destination. Mark was tireless in putting Pasadena’s downtown before city leaders, both staff and elected officials, to achieve the downtown’s objectives.” Marsha V. Rood, FAICP, Vice-President, Downtown Pasadena Neighborhood Association

“Mark Smutny is experienced in assisting faith-based groups, nonprofits and community organizations with recapturing their vision and creating a dynamic and engaging plan for the future. He is easy to work with, thoughtful and creative. He is talented at including key stakeholders in the strategic development and planning process. He possesses the ability to assist organizations develop a clear vision for the future. I would recommend Mark for any organization that is seeking to clarify its vision and re-energize its constituents.” Nancy Davidson, Executive Director, The Foundation for Living Beauty, Pasadena, CA

“When the residents of downtown Pasadena were organizing to create their own city council district and to improve and celebrate our walkable urban neighborhood, Mark lent us crucial support and advice. We wanted a community organization with the political power to get things accomplished in City Hall. We needed a true grass-roots movement to engage neighbors. Mark led us through a World Café visioning effort that tapped the best ideas of residents and focused our work for maximum impact. As a result, the City of Pasadena’s General Plan, which guides development for the next thirty years, strongly emphasizes the importance of walkability and urban vibrancy that Mark helped us design. Several important Complete Streets projects that will create a better city are underway as a result of Mark’s visioning leadership and on-going support. Mark has a passion for building community—connecting people and creating peace. We really benefited from his work and friendship.” Jonathan Edwards, President, Downtown Pasadena Residents’ Association

“Mark taught me to lead by listening, using just a few questions to provoke input and discussion among a team. He brings a wealth of knowledge and strategies on how organizations strengthen their presence in the community. Mark took the skills I brought to the table and built on them. The foundation he created remains a catalyst for my program’s success. I’m proud not only to call Mark a mentor, but a friend!” Robert Taylor, Program Manager, Compass Housing Alliance Shelter at First Presbyterian, Seattle