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About Meeting Intentions

Meeting Intentions was founded in 2014 by Robin Rifkin with the goal of helping groups and organizations clarify their vision and goals and succeed through shared leadership.

We work with and across communities and organizations to design and facilitate large and small meetings for system change, peer-learning and training, strategic visioning and planning, innovation, evaluation, advocacy, community, policy and materials development, and team retreats.


We have facilitated projects and meetings in public health, food systems and food security, agriculture, community planning, nutrition education, environmental sustainability, out-of-school time, workforce development, refugee resettlement, trauma, equity, abuse, faith initiatives, advocacy, and organizational transitions.


We are located in the Philadelphia region, and consult nationally. We partner with a team of facilitators, graphic facilitators, planners, evaluators and coaches. We  would be delighted to discuss your meeting or initiative, and the role of our team in its success.

About Robin Rifkin, MS, CTF

Robin is a Certified Technology of Participation™ (ToP) Facilitator (CTF), and Mentor Trainer through the Institute of Cultural Affairs-USA; a certification earned by approximately 100 facilitators nationally.

Robin has a BS and MS in food science and nutrition, and is trained in multiple collaborative community engagement, facilitation, evaluation and planning methodologies, including Technology of Participation (ToP), Future Search, Collaborative Leadership, Appreciative Inquiry, Systems Thinking, Theory U, Human-Centered Design and communications and advocacy strategies. Robin is a Certified PA Keys Trainer, an expert in Health Literacy, with thirty-five years of experience developing and directing projects in the public health and non-profit setting.

“Robin is an absolute joy to work with! We have collaborated for several years to craft learning opportunities for a number of emergency food providers. Robin is incredibly knowledgeable about a wide variety of meeting designs and strategies to help groups brainstorm, make decisions and/or come together. Our sessions were voluntary, but we always had a great return rate, and I’m certain it’s because Robin was always able to strike the right balance between substance and fun.”
- Senior Program Officer, Local Foundation

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