Dawn present to statewide gathering
Opening design thinking brainstorm with statewide leader from across NJ

Our Story

We’re the helping people people. Founded by Dawn Ellis in 1990 as a Vermont-based sole proprietorship, the business got its start in New England in inclusion and creativity. We design organizations that tap diverse perspectives and learning systems that adapt. Core areas included education, innovation, remote learning, the creative sector, access, and government.

The firm grew as its founder’s expertise expanded through the 2000’s. Dawn spearheaded national research projects for a White House Presidential Commission with work that still provides direction to policymakers, associations, foundations, and states today. Incorporating as an LLC in 2007, the firm began advising in research, policy, and strategic planning.  Coalitions began to call as worked across communities and states to work on tough problems no one organization could solve alone. We helped clients tackle questions such as:

  • How do we mobilize people to seize change?
  • What works, what doesn’t, and why? What can we do about it?
  • How do we find the root causes and change systems?
  • Where are the key points of influence worth investment?

DME increasingly integrated sustainability practices and concepts into its work. By 2014, businesses and communities tapped DME to innovate or build their socially responsible practices.

Service areas now also include radical adaptation during crisis times, change management, creativity in innovation, organizational development, design thinking, leadership training, economic development, designing thoughtful use of remote, blended, and in-person connections, public health, recreation, and sustainability at all levels: people, families, organizations, and planet.