A Note from Craig

Thank you for visiting.

I have made a career of helping people understand each other and make good group decisions. I have facilitated over 3,000 meetings for all kinds of groups, mostly in the public sector. I have written a book called The Wisdom of Group Decisions.

Troubled by the growing political divide and by the growing lack of civility in political conversations, I had the idea for a Make Shift Coffee House: a place for people to talk with each other in person, about political issues, with live music, and good food. No charge. All welcome.

I organized one in my home town on January 14, 2017. Word has spread and demand for Make Shift Coffee Houses has been growing ever since that first one. I do this work as a volunteer and many others have stepped in to volunteer to help also. It’s bigger than me now. It’s us.

This is a new idea, evolving. Not sure where it’s going. If you believe in the idea, thanks for supporting it.

– Craig

Good Group Decisions


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If you would like to support our work and help us bring more Make Shift Coffee Houses to more people, please consider a donation.

Your donation is a tax deductible charitable donation due to our special partnership with Friends of the Maine State Library who you will provide you with a receipt.

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If you have any questions about our future plans or finances, or if you would like a phone call or visit, please contact Craig@Freshley.com.

Thank You.