Are you building an organization or a movement?

What is different about movements vs organizations? This question is of critical importance to Creating the Future’s mission, as we are experimenting with different structures guided by the singular question, “What structure will most effectively accomplish social missions?” The chart at this link has been the basis of our explorations as we’ve sought to answer that … Read more

Our Funding Approach to Build Out Our Mission

Ever since our founding, everything about Creating the Future has been an experiment to discover and share systems (i.e. “the way we do things”) that bring out the best in everyone. With that mandate, one of the systems that has repeatedly cried out for change has been the variety of systems for funding social change. … Read more

Event Debriefs: Celebration or Lamentation?

In early July, Creating the Future launched an experiment in online learning. The experiment combined various aspects our team has wanted explore, from the way the content was presented, to the way questions were encouraged, to the way tuition was structured. Tomorrow, we will be debriefing from our first toe-in-the water with this experiment. In … Read more

Statement of our Values in Action (Background for Board Meeting June 12th)

What do our values look like in action? That will be the topic of our community’s conversation (and board meeting) on June 12th at 1pm Eastern time. This post provides some background for that meeting. To watch or participate in the meeting itself, click here. Organizational Values at Creating the Future At Creating the Future, … Read more

Community of Practitioners: Conditions for Success (Meeting #2)

Three months ago, Creating the Future started an online community for practicing Catalytic Thinking. Since that time, the facilitators of that group have been talking about the potential this community has for furthering Creating the Future’s mission – a whole community of people bringing out the best in themselves and each other.  In our first conversation, … Read more

What a Community of Practitioners Makes Possible

Three months ago, Creating the Future started an online community for practicing Catalytic Thinking. Since that time, the facilitators of that group have been talking about the potential this community has for furthering Creating the Future’s mission – a whole community of people bringing out the best in themselves and each other.  The following is a … Read more

Racial Equity: What Will it Take?

There seems no better way to celebrate Lincoln’s birthday than to announce the upcoming episode in our Making Change conversation series – a conversation about racial equity with diversity and inclusion advocates Desiree Adaway and Ericka Hines. (Update: That must-watch / must-listen conversation happened on March 9th. You can watch / listen / download below). Merriam … Read more