About New Directions Collaborative

Beth Tener, Principal

Beth Tener, PresidentBeth Tener, Principal of New Directions Collaborative, is a facilitator and strategy coach who works with collaborative initiatives that bring together business, government, and the social sector to address complex challenges, such as transitioning to a clean energy economy and revitalizing communities. She helps organizations working on similar issues find their shared purpose, align their work, and create networks for collaboration so they can achieve greater impact. Her work weaves together strategic planning, facilitation with high levels of interaction and participation, network thinking, and leadership skills. Her skills in clear communications and graphics help clients clarify strategy and generate alignment to move forward.

Her work is informed by broad experience in how organizational change happens, systems thinking, and sustainability issues, gained through work with over 150 companies, government agencies, foundations, and non-profits. Examples of client projects include working with MA Global Warming Solutions Project, United Way of Greater New Bedford, Success Boston, Great Neighborhoods Network of MA Smart Growth Alliance, New Hampshire Farm to School, Vermont Farm to Plate Network, and Farm to Institution New England.

In her previous role as Executive Director of Sustainable Step New England, she trained hundreds of people in principles of sustainability and how to put these into practice in their work. She helped internal “change agents” take leadership within their organization to adopt green practices and facilitated networks of change agents from government agencies, businesses, and non-profits. She also convened dialogues between sustainable business leaders and government about how government policies could help advance sustainable practices. Prior to that she was a Senior Consultant at Arthur D. Little, where over nine years, she consulted with dozens of companies in diverse industries to help them create strong internal management systems to deliver on their sustainability goals.

Beth has a B.A. in Political Science from Bates College and a M.S. in Environmental Technology from Imperial College in London. She also has a Permaculture Design Certificate (principles of ecological whole-systems design.) She was awarded a fellowship with Center for Whole Communities to participate in Whole Thinking Retreat exploring how diverse leaders in the social justice and environmental movements can find common purpose.

We cannot intentionally create unless we are able first, to imagine. Imagination may be the most essential, uniquely human capacity – creating both the dead-end crises of our time and the doorway through them.

- Geneen Marie Haugen