SEPT was founded in 2010 as a grassroot NGO advocating a community approach to preserving the natural environment. Throughout the decade, multiple projects were conducted involving youth, municipalities, partnerships with civil society, and reforestation. SEPT evolved into advocating the active engagement of citizens in the administration of their public affairs, particularly at the local level, as a foundation for sustainable development. In the second decade of its existence, SEPT appended civic activism with a research arm and public advisory network. The Network of Organizational Development Experts NODE is affiliated with the International Society for Organizational Development and Change ISODC to research and advise the enterprise, civil society organizations, and the public administration.