Turning Conditions Into Actions: Summary of “Sleuthing Process Design” Meeting #4

During our March 13 meeting we pivoted from the outcomes we identified in Meeting #3 (read the meeting summary here) to identify the favorable human-focused conditions we can create so that those outcomes will naturally emerge. It is harnessing the power and reality of causality. We determine these conditions by asking: What would each person … Read more

Reaching For What is Possible: Summary of “Sleuthing Process Design” Meeting #3

During our February 28 meeting (listen/watch the recording here) we began by reaching for what is possible. Guided by the Catalytic Thinking Framework, we pivoted from all that we heard through the lens of Catalytic Listening about the outcomes, strengths and values we identified in our February 14 conversation (listen/watch the recording here) about both … 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

Why Not to SWOT

It’s time for another strategic plan – yay! Wait, that wasn’t your reaction? Is it because you didn’t enjoy your last planning sessions? Or because that last plan didn’t really make a difference? If you are frustrated by the lack of significant results from your prior plans, and you’re not looking forward to your group’s … Read more

Building a Program by Engaging Community

On August 1, I embarked on a month of “semi-sabbatical,” writing and exploring and planning and reading.  I say “semi-sabbatical” because I only decided mid-July that the time was right.  So there are still some tasks to be done, some projects with timelines that won’t allow me to simply abandon ship.  This post is about … Read more

Goals for 2010 and Beyond

The vision of the Community Driven Institute is a healthy, vibrant, resilient, peaceful, humane world. To make that vision a reality for all of us, the mission of the Institute is to encourage and support the Community Benefit sector to leverage its considerable resources to do so. In developing our plans for the next 12-24 … Read more

Why Problem-Solving Doesn't Solve Problems (Part 3)

This post is the 3rd & final installment in a series. To begin at Part 1 head here. The Evidence We’ve established that Problem-Solving solves neither complex organizational problems nor complex social problems.  And we’ve posited that the only thing that CAN solve such problems is to look beyond the problem – beyond “zero” – … Read more