Herschel Hardin Associates - Consultants
Public policy, public interest, economics,
co-operative development, culture and communications
Serious mental illness, related public policy,
Strategy workshop
Case histories

The mission

Herschel Hardin Associates works exclusively on public-interest projects that help create a more democratic and egalitarian society and that strengthen creativity in Canada, both locally and nationally. Eligible clients include governments and government agencies, labour unions, NGOs, crown corporations and co-operatives, cultural organizations, local non-profit societies and community economic development organizations. Only in rare circumstances, where it is satisfied that a firm is genuinely socially responsible, will Herschel Hardin Associates work for a privately owned corporation or other private business.

Our leading interest currently is helping organizations with the development of strategic thinking. We explore with our clients how to change the “frame” – the perspective, environment, ideology, or context, as you wish – in which they strive to reach their objectives. Without such framework change they are usually handcuffed, whatever their resources and energy. (For more on this, see the feature commentary, The Need for Strategic Thinking, and the Workshop on Strategic Thinking.)
The principal
Herschel Hardin brings to bear unique qualities for work on strategic development – intellectual breadth and diversity, multi-area expertise, an iconoclastic and creative mind, and experience in strategic planning going back 45 years.

Specialized expertise ranges across several key economic, business, political, media, cultural, and activist areas, among them:

The frame
•   Ideology, politics and advocacy
•   Media power and politics
•   Resource allocation between private and public sectors
•   Impact of culture on economics, society and sustainability
•   Advertising and marketing, and their power of propaganda

Business and economics
•   Economic and business history
•   Entrepreneurship and the history of economic creativity
•   Crown corporations (state enterprise)
•   Credit unions and the co-operative movement
•   Privatization
•   Corporations and the corporate business scene
•   Rate regulation/financial analysis

Organizing and governance
•   Grassroots organization and activism
•   Small organization development
•   Governance and planning
Presentations and services
Herschel Hardin Associates is a full-service public-policy and public-interest consultancy, offering the following products and services:

Speeches to conferences, conventions and management groups
•   Herschel Hardin is available for bookings for major speeches on his areas of
    specialization and for appearances on selected panels.   Sample topics
    include the ideological downgrading of the public sector (and what might be
    done about it), waste and folly in the private sector revisited, community (or
    "socially rooted" enterprise), and left-wing populism gone missing.

Workshops, seminars, studies and facilitation
•   Feature workshop on strategic thinking
•   Strategic planning facilitation
•   Studies, briefs, reports and analytical papers (research, documentation,
    critical analysis, development of options) touching on areas of specialization
•   Customized seminars on those subject areas
•   Political strategy and advocacy

Governance and management assistance
•   Business plans and budgets
•   Grassroots organizational development assistance
•   Governance advice and problem-solving

Herschel Hardin biography
Books by Herschel Hardin

For bookings or for additional details in any of the above areas, please contact our office.

Special consultancy: serious mental illness, related public policy and implementation
Herschel Hardin Associates, through the personal involvement of Herschel Hardin and of wife and associate Marguerite Hardin, triggered by their son's struggle with schizophrenia, has developed unique expertise in key areas of severe mental illness, related public policy, and the delivery of mental health services.  The expertise derives first of all from their being family members (those with a seriously mentally ill relative), and hence bringing with them a critical independence from mental health services, and, second, from intensive work and advocacy in the field  over a span of 30 years.

This special consultancy is of particular value to provincial governments and policy makers; mental-health-service managers;clinical heads; curriculum committees (medicine, psychiatry, and psychiatric nursing programs); organizations representing those with an illness and/or their families, and family members themselves.

Key areas of expertise
•   System failures and their solutions
•   Negotiating the system
•   Family involvement
•   Information sharing
•   Involuntary admission; common misinterpretations; its proper
•   Crisis intervention and emergency services
•   The experience of family members and those with an illness
•   Pro-active approaches to treatment
•   Politics of mental health (including coverage of such phenomena as the anti-     psychiatry lobby and mission creep)

•   Intentional communities with therapeutic or developmental objectives

For more detailed background, please contact our office.  See, also, Commentaries/Miscellaneous for selected articles.

Workshops and services
For governments and mental health services
•   Consulting and/or in-depth analytical workshops on the above subjects
•   Participation in strategic planning
•   Developing accountability and changes in system culture to reduce
    system failures and avoidable tragedies
For faculties of medicine, departments of psychiatry, and psychiatric nursing schools
•   Classes and workshops on the above subjects
•   Curriculum consulting; development of new training modules and/or
    amplification of applicable existing modules
For family members
•   One-on-one family peer crisis counselling; negotiating the system (free)
•   Ongoing one-on-one family peer support

Related organizations 
•   Marguerite Hardin Schizophrenia Foundation.  The Foundation, with grants   and projects, focuses on key strategic issues, among them a proactive approach to treatment and care, involvement of family members as an integral part of the treatment team, and the development of peer family support.  Website: www.mhsf.ca.
•   Riverview Village Intentional Community Society (RVICS).  
RVICS has developed a ground-breaking model to help those serious mental illness: an intentional community of those with an illness and those without, living integrated together.  The model was developed for the səmiq̓ʷəʔelə/Riverview Lands, whose future is still under discussion.  RVICS provides, as well, a dedicated consultancy for such projects.  Website: www.riverviewvillage.ca

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