Welcome

…to my personal and professional workspace. I created the Jim Baumer Experience as a platform to share ideas and theories I’ve been working on and piloting for the past 10 years.

This journey began much earlier than that, in my hometown of Lisbon Falls. I’ve written about that place and it’s where my roots are planted.

For the past seven years, I’ve been building effective partnerships, collaborating with community-based organizations, private business leaders, educators, career development professionals, policy makers, and economic leaders. My interest is in the art (rather than science) of what I refer to as holistic community development—part workforce and economic development, part sustainable growth—with a healthy dose of weaving and connecting disparate parts.

I’m fascinated by the stories we tell, or the ones we don’t; also, by the way some groups work well together, and others can’t get out of their own way. People are amazing, and equally frustrating. It takes skill and talent to bring people together and allow them the space to create magic. I’ve consistently demonstrated these skills and have facilitated many key partnerships that have helped launch and grow important workforce initiatives and programming.

Here are a few other things you should know. I think meaningful work involves equal parts passion and play, yet work is not always fun and easy. While perfection is a worthwhile goal, success requires taking risks and rolling forward before perfect is in place. The enemy of the good can be the procrastination that perfection often perpetuates.

I have demonstrated the ability to get started and move projects towards success. I have managed small, nonprofit projects, as well as working with international corporations.

There are exciting things taking place in Maine and elsewhere. I hope you’ll join me in making magic happen.

Please contact me if you want to talk about a project you’d like me to help you push forward. I look forward to hearing from you.