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a Catalyst for Social Change

Applegate Consulting Group is an organization development (OD) practice that assists national and international nonprofit organizations, government agencies and socially responsible for-profit corporations with developing human and organizational capacity and building a more just and equitable society.


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Beth Applegate contributed to a recently published book
on cultural competency

Author: Patricia St Onge
Beth Applegate, Vicki Asakura, Monika K. Moss, Brigette Rouson, Alfredo Vergara-Lobo

Publication Date:
July 15, 2009
 ISBN: 978-0-940069-68-8
Publisher: Fieldstone Alliance
Pages: 272
Price: $29.95

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There is no such thing as a “how-to” manual on cultural competency. It’s an ongoing journey organizations choose to take because they know the end-result is a more inclusive, connected, and effective organization. This forthcoming book by the Alliance for Nonprofit Management collects the voices of many nonprofit leaders and capacity builders to help nonprofit organizations begin to understand the complexity within diverse communities.

Through a range of methods—literature review, personal interviews, peer dialogue, insights of contributing authors—readers get a mosaic of perspectives that surround cultural competency. Plus, the book presents the insights of authors who represent five major ethnic communities in the United States: Asian/Pacific Islander, American Indian, African American, White, and Latino. [Read Press Release]


15th Annual White Privilege Conference

Beth Applegate, co-presented a day-long institute on  using Polarity Thinking to interrupt White Privilege. Polarity Thinking is not new. The focus on interdependent pairs (polarities) is as old as Judaism, which recognizes an interdependency between a god of mercy who loves you and a god of justice who holds you accountable for your actions. Polarities are interdependent pairs in which we live and that live in us. In the literature they are also called dilemmas, paradoxes, or tensions. They are unsolvable, unavoidable, indestructible, and unstoppable. Each polarity is a powerful energy system that we can learn to leverage to achieve positive change. For example, which one is more important? Intention OR Impact; Individual Racism OR Structural Racism; Making a Difference OR Enjoying Life; Mercy OR Justice; Freedom for the Part OR Equality among the parts within the Whole. These are all polarities. Opposite pairs which can't function well independently - You cannot choose one as a solution and neglect the other over a sustained period of time without experiencing negative results. A very relevant and life-sustaining polarity is breathing. We breathe in; we breathe out. Do you prefer one over the other? Is one better than the other? Choosing inhaling

White privilege, in the United States context, is about inequitable distribution of power, money, education, healthcare, housing, and work, to name a few. Most of the issues associated with interrupting and dismantling white privilege are polarities to leverage and not problems to solve. It is easy to identify white privilege as a "problem to solve." It is also easy to simply identify the "solution" as the move From white privilege To racial equality. This is based on a "gap analysis" in which we identify three things: 1) what is wrong with the present state = white privilege, 2) what would be a preferred future state = racial equality, and, 3) a strategy to bridge the "gap" between the present state and the preferred future state. We suggest that gap analysis and typical problem solving, alone, is not only inadequate to interrupt white privilege, it undermines our efforts by generating unnecessary resistance. We suggest that the absolutely essential move From white privilege To racial equality is more effectively seen as a segment of an ongoing polarity energy system. When we can see it as a part of one or more key polarities, it will increase the attainability, speed, and sustainability of our efforts to interrupt white privilege, which in turn will support building relationships, and achieving justice faster and more sustainably.


In Our Lifetime Network

Beth Applegate, was selected to serve on both the Governance, and Campaign Committees for the In Our Lifetime Network. We are a network of racial healing practitioners and racial equity advocates who are committed to ending the impact of racism in our lifetime. We heal communities and dismantle beliefs. We advocate for just policies and lead change. We learn, We listen, We act. Email:; Twitter: @wolnetwork

Art of Transformational Consulting: A Master Class

Beth Applegate, was selected to participate in the Robert Gass, Art of Transformational Consulting: A Master class for a week in May 2014. Current and past Applegate Consulting Group clients provided 360 Feedback to Beth in preparation for the class and Beth presented a case study to the cohort.


NTL Institute Advisory Committee

Beth Applegate, was selected by the NTL Board of Directors to serve on the Member Board Advisory Task Force. The purpose of the Membership Board Advisory Group is to provide input and feedback to the Board on restructuring options and approaches. The advisory groups role will included: Identifying one – three potential restructuring options for the board to consider. Providing feedback on restructuring options and plans that the board created. Socializing potential restructuring options with other NTL members to provide broader feedback and input.


WIN Insights

Applegate Consulting Group has been selected to be a "thought leader" contributer, to a WIN pilot program designed to create an online space where people with very divergent perspectives can engage in real dialogue with each other about all aspects of diversity and inclusion. (