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Good Group Decisions President to Kick Off USM “November Nights” Lecture Series

Sara Litwiller
University of Southern Maine
Muskie School of Public Service
(207) 780-4150

PORTLAND, MAINE—Craig Freshley, owner and president of the Brunswick-based Good Group Decisions, will be the first speaker in the four-part “November Nights” lecture series, presented by the University of Southern Maine’s Muskie School of Public Service.

A professional facilitator and trainer, Freshley has developed a lifetime career studying behaviors and attitudes that contribute to group productivity, efficiency and peace.  He is the author of “The Wisdom of Group Decisions: 100 Principles and Practical Tips for Collaboration” and numerous publications on group decision-making and sustainable community development.  Freshley previously founded and directed the Maine Downtown Center, and has provided leadership for public policy development mostly with Maine state government agencies and statewide nonprofits.

Freshley’s presentation, “The Critical Role of Group Decisions in Sustainable Development,” will be followed by a Q&A session and brief reception.

WHAT: “The Critical Role of Group Decisions in Sustainable Development,” Craig Freshley, owner and president of Brunswick-based Good Group Decisions.

WHEN: Wednesday, November 2, 2011 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

WHERE: Lee Hall, Room 133, Wishcamper Center, USM Portland Campus, Portland, Maine.

Additional lectures in the series include:
November 9: “Reinventing Local Government: Challenges and Possibilities,” Glenn Aho, former city and town manager, Auburn and Lincoln.

November 16: “Maine Politics in a Time of Party Polarization" Kenneth Palmer, professor emeritus, University of Maine and author of “Maine Politics and Government.” 

November 30: “An Aging State: Demographic Change and the Implications for Maine’s Economy,” Amanda Rector, Maine state economist. 

The lecture series is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Sara Litwiller at (207) 780-4150 or:

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The Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine is Maine’s distinguished public policy school, combining an extensive applied research and technical assistance portfolio with undergraduate learning and master’s degree programs in health policy & management, public health, community planning & development, and public policy & management. The School is nationally recognized for applying innovative knowledge to critical issues in the fields of sustainable development and health and human service policy and management.