The Way We Think about Human Nature is All Wrong

I wrote the following observations in The Pollyanna Principles back in 2008. The words feel even more true — and an even more necessary message — in today’s troubling times. Our Animal Nature Consider the phrase “Human Nature.” Do we invoke that phrase when we are talking glowingly about our brethren? Hardly. We use the phrase to focus on our greed, our … Read more

Statement of Our Values in Action: DRAFT (Part 2)

The following is Part 2 of a two-part post, the draft Statement of Our Values in Action. For background to provide context for this statement, please click to Part 1 here.  On June 12th, from 1pm-3pm ET (US), Creating the Future community members will discuss an updated Statement of Our Values in Action. Based on … Read more

Statement of Our Values in Action: DRAFT (Part 1: Background)

Statement of Our Values in Action (DRAFT) On June 12th, from 1pm-3pm ET (US), Creating the Future community members will discuss an updated Statement of Our Values in Action. Based on those discussions, our board will then vote to adopt the statement. This post and the post that follows at this link are the draft of … Read more

Stories: Prioritizing Time for Building Trust

What does it make possible when people who work together know each other as whole people? That question led off this post about creating supportive, joyful teams. It also kicked off a whole series of posts in our weekly eJournal, with practice exercises for getting to know each other. Here’s the thing, though: All the … Read more

Bringing Out Our Best (When We’re At Our Worst)

The worst time for having to be with lots of other people is when we’re feeling stressed or even depressed. The holidays often bring both those things at the same time — stress AND being with people. Talk about set up to fail! My Catalytic Thinking practice has changed all that for me. When I let that … Read more

Partnerships Rooted in Shared Values

What does it take for true collaboration and partnership to succeed? What conditions would lead to that success? One thing is for certain: Those conditions will not be about the stuff (the product, the program, the money, the paperwork). They will be about the people. Because when things fall apart, it’s not about the stuff; … Read more

“You better keep on pressing. There are people who need us.”

The day after Election Day 2016, Creating the Future hosted an online conversation for people who were struggling with those election results. You can find that recorded conversation here. Through the many expressions of sadness and disbelief, there was also immense optimism. The longer we talked, the more each person began to realize that the … Read more