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The Need for Breakthrough Thinking
Many of societys most pressing problems have been researched, debated and inadequately addressed for decades.
New approaches to addressing society's most chronic problems are needed if we are ever going to break the cycle of ineffective social programs.
A Unique Approach to Addressing Societys Problems
Insight into programs that have and have not worked in recent years has led Civil Society Institute to a unique model for addressing society's most pressing problems.
Simply stated, our approach lies in the way we serve as catalysts for change, especially in areas of critical need: global warming and global security and economic change and science policy and regenerative medicine.
In each of these areas, we seek out examples of creative thinking and activities already underway, including those of individuals, community groups, businesses and the nonprofit and public sectors. We create interactions between people, communities, government and business in order to link successful programs to groups who can use them, to eliminate obstacles to success and to encourage informed debate of the issues. We also support these efforts with strategic planning and, on occasion, funding.
Were committed to improving society with breakthrough thinking and creative action.
Pam Solo, Founder and President, Civil Society Institute
Gail Pressberg, Senior Program Officer
For twenty-five years she worked on Middle East development, peace and energy issues including opening the first Washington, D.C. advocacy office for Americans for Peace Now. Pressberg is a co-author (with Pam Solo) of The Promise and Politics of Stem Cell Research and has been honored with the Janet Lee Stevens Prize of the University of Pennsylvania and the Isaiah Award from Americans for Peace Now. She sits on the Board of Directors of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the Foundation for Middle East Peace.
Andrea Pamfilis Camp
In addition, for the past decade, Andrea has been a consultant on communications and legislative strategies for a wide range of clients, including Lifetime Television, the International Women Media Foundation, Women Donors Network, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Early Childhood Funders Collaborative, Center for Policy Alternative, WomenHeart, Votes for Women 2004 Project and the Recording Industry Association of America.
Andrea was the recipient in 2000 of the Keystone Award in Women's Health Research, from the Office of Research on Women's Health of the National Institute of Health. She also sits on the Advisory Board of First Book.
The Hastings Group
Now in its 17th year of operation, The Hastings Group (THG) is a full-service consulting firm that specializes in issues management and lobbying, coalition outreach, public relations, Web projects and branding/advertising. THG works primarily with initially low visibility "white hat" clients that require aggressive and innovative strategies to raise the profile of themselves and their issues. The hallmark of The Hastings Group is an aggressive approach to low-cost/high-impact campaigns that catapult its clients and their issues into a place of greater prominence and influence on policymaking and in other realms. Unlike larger consulting firms that use senior members to pitch clients and then hand off the work to junior staff members, THG achieves superior results by involving senior partners and other seasoned staffers in all aspects of its work for clients.
In addition to the Civil Society Institute, past and present clients of The Hastings Group are AARP, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), The Workforce Alliance, the Consumer Federation of America, the National Consumers League, the Center for Responsible Lending, Calvert Group, the New York Association of Training and Education Programs, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, Opportunity Finance Network, the Nonprofit Finance Fund, Navajo Nation, the National Association of Attorneys General, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, the North American Securities Administrators Association, Environmental Integrity Project, Ceres, and the Securities Investor Protection Corporation.
Key members of The Hastings Group include:
Senior Partner Scott Edward Stapf oversees all PR/Web/advertising work of The Hastings Group. Stapf is a former journalist who has served as director of media relations for two national trade associations in Washington, D.C. He has participated in and/or organized media campaigns in 49 of the 50 states. Op-ed pieces written by Stapf have appeared in the Washington Post, the New York Times, USA Today and dozens of other publications. In 1986, a Washington Post "Style" section profile described him as a "Washington whiz kid". The Post story concluded: "Stapf is something of a PR prodigy ... with the shrewd instincts and almost inhuman self-control of a natural." The newsletter PR Broadcasting has described Stapf as "one of the most highly respected public relations people in Washington."
Senior Partner Maureen Thompson heads up the lobbying and coalition management work of The Hastings Group. With more than 23 years of experience in the lobbying/coalition field, Thompson is a rare breed in lobbying circles in that she is equally at "home" at the federal and state levels. In addition to working regularly with major committees and subcommittees in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate, Thompson has collaborated on initiatives with state government officials in nearly all 50 states. She has worked closely with a wide range of groups representing the interests of women and children, working families, consumers, the elderly, and others and has managed several large coalitions. She has assisted Congressional committees in the organization of dozens of hearings and has drafted testimony for scores of Congressional hearings. Thompson also has extensive experience working with the White House and with Executive Branch departments and agencies.
THG Senior Associate Ailis Aaron Wolf joined The Hastings Group after working at The Washington Post Writers Group, where she collaborated with syndicated editorial columnists and editors at over 400 newspapers across the United States. Prior to her stint at the Post, Aaron worked at Gillis and Associates where, among other responsibilities, she handled public affairs work for the Consumer Federation of America on a wide range of issues. She is a member of the National Press Club.
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