WE CULTIVATE AND COMMUNICATE
WE WORK WITH PEOPLE WHO CREATE A HIGH QUALITY OF LIFE AND PLACE FOR OTHER PEOPLE - ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO DO SO IN INGENIOUS OR WEIRD WAYS.
OUR CLIENTS ARE:
COMMUNITY IMPACT ORGANIZATIONS
SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS
HERITAGE TOURISM & ATTRACTION ORGANIZATIONS
NONPROFITS OF ALL TYPES
OUR WORK IS ABOUT MAKING YOUR WORK MATTER MORE.
Nonprofit Executive Leadership
Deliberate Creativity & Innovation Processes
Fundraising Strategy & Grant Writing
Establishing & Tending Vital Relationships
Network Creation & Enhancement
Social Change Processes
Public Engagement & Involvement
Brand Identity Development
Logo and Tagline Development
Brand Style Guidelines
Online Communications Strategy
Social Media Strategy
Print & Digital Design
PUBLIC RELATIONS & VISIBILITY
Event Sponsorship Procurement
Campaigns & Social Movements
We work with talented collaborators from Maine and around the world to meet client needs. Got ideas? Call us and we'll assemble a team for your project.
WE CELEBRATE AND AMPLIFY UNIQUE, REMARKABLE, AND OFTEN QUIRKY QUALITIES.
WE HAVE A MIX OF TALENT MOST COMMUNICATIONS PROFESSIONALS DON’T.
OUR EXPERTISE IS IN AREAS THAT RANGE FROM URBAN PLANNING, DOWNTOWN REVITALIZATION, HISTORIC PRESERVATION, & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, TO STRATEGIC PLANNING, COACHING, FACILITATION, & LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT.
COO-TYPE: ORGANIZED, THOUGHTFUL, ANALYTICAL
Dugan's work has been about ensuring that our shared history is honored and preserved - through places, buildings, objects, stories, and folk traditions. He uses his ability to refine great amounts of information into simple concepts to create well designed messages and experiences.
He is an even-keeled organizational maintenance man who loves explaining things.
- Led the ongoing revitalization effort in downtown Skowhegan, Maine, including activating hundreds of volunteers and securing over half a million dollars in grants.
- Set strategic direction and managed day-to-day operations of a nonprofit organization as Executive Director.
- Supported the effectiveness of community organizations in underserved urban neighborhoods of Cincinnati, Ohio.
- Worked with public and nonprofit organizations such as the US Department of Transportation, Maine Preservation, Avesta Housing, and Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to identify and build upon assets.
- Championed traditional New England folk dance and music as a contra dance caller and event promoter.
- Earned a Bachelor of Urban Planning with a focus on urban design and graphic communication of planning concepts and a Master of Community Planning with a focus on historic preservation-based economic development strategies from the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Art, Architecture, and Planning.
- Has a Certificate in Historic Preservation and a Certificate in Geographic Information Science from the University of Cincinnati.
CEO-TYPE: CREATIVE, FUTURIST, PEOPLE-FOCUSED
Dela's work has been focused on cultivating leadership in service of community engagement and high quality of life. Whether her work was crafting communications strategies for organizations, directing leadership programming, driving economic development, or coaching, her passion has always come back to supporting individuals in making life more meaningful for all.
She is an artist, adventurer, and entrepreneur - intuitively creative and always willing to move beyond the expected.
- As founder of Institute for a Created Future, consulted with clients from around the globe to make their own lives better, strengthen their organizations, and communicate with impact.
- Directed programs designed to develop leadership capacity and drive economic development for the state of Maine.
- Engaged in many projects that have furthered Maine’s work in food security, cultural assets, and capacity for entrepreneurship.
- Worked in both for- and non-profit organizations in management roles - leading communications efforts, managing human resources, and enhancing organizational capacity.
- Trained in coaching through the Coaches Training Institute.
- Studied Leadership and Organizational Studies through the University of Southern Maine, concentrating in the areas of creativity, creative leadership, global strategy and human resource management.
- Studied experiential training and social change processes through various organizations including the Presencing Institute and Training for Change.
WE MET DOING GOOD WORK.
We met in Maine at a group retreat for folks doing work in downtown revitalization. Dugan was a participant and Dela was a facilitator. Our bond was immediate. Within minutes, we were mutually smitten; within two weeks, we were committed. When you know, you know.
OUR COMMONALITIES SPEAK TO THE LIVES WE WANT FOR OURSELVES AND FOR OTHERS.
We've both been young entrepreneurs, honored to do things we loved while being an active part of a downtown community. Together, we travel as much as we can, treasuring the qualities of each place. We both love antiques and marvel at things crafted with special care. We dance as members of a joy-filled traditional community. We write for fun. Our daily lives connect us to history and to legacy.
Nuf Sed was born of our shared passions, our reciprocal skills, and our complementary styles.
WE LOVE MAINE.
Places are so important to us, and we happen to love Maine most. We feel at home inside her borders and find her many personalities more compelling each day.
Dugan's family moved to Scarborough, Maine when he was a kindergartener and he quickly developed a passion for Maine history. He’s hosted Portland history tours, helped others to appreciate the architecture of old buildings, and invested energy in keeping historic places intact. He's authored articles that describe some of the state's lesser known histories - for fun. He also performs traditional Maine humor.
Ask him now and he'll share anecdotes about historic buildings, strange events, and people he finds most interesting in our state, especially Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr. and John Neal. (He'd also be pleased to show you his antique postcard collection.)
Dela moved from Indiana to Maine at eighteen. More than to the history of Maine, she was drawn to her landscape and people. A stark contrast to the loud billboards and billowing refineries of Chicagoland, Maine’s beautifully worn downtowns, quiet forests, and nostalgic lakes were gentle and welcoming. And Maine’s people were sincere, honest, and as inviting of a bear-hug as any Midwesterner.
Some of her life’s most important and grounded moments were set in Maine - experiences as simple as reading on the Eastern Promenade in Portland, enjoying a spring shower on the shores of Moosehead lake, or night swimming in Boothbay Harbor.
We’re settled in Portland, a place we know intimately and love deeply. We are committed to this special place. Come visit to see why for yourself.
OUR VALUES GUIDE OUR WORK.
QUALITY IS GOOD.
We all know what quality feels like and looks like. It's integrity. It's reliability. It's anti-space-cadet. And it's foundational to our work.
COMMUNITY IS GOOD.
Urban environments and downtowns are important because they are where humans find togetherness, identity, and affirmation. They're where creative flexibility thrives and where our histories live on. These places are special, each displaying unique personality quirks and assets. Once these places are gone, they're gone - so they need our focused attention. We're proud to support downtowns and the people who make them great.
WEIRD IS GOOD.
The world needs to experience more delight, more resonance, and more real connection. This is why we seek out, augment, create, and lead weird. Our work is undeniably designed by humans for humans... quirky, brilliant, self-expressed and joyful humans.
SMALL IS GOOD.
We're a boutique for a reason. We work with a limited number of clients, develop strong relationships with them, and give them personal attention and unique benefits. We’re intentionally small to stay nimble, collaborating with friends and colleagues from all over the world as projects call for their creativity and excellence.
EVIL ISN'T GOOD.
So we don't do it.