LIBRARY RESOURCES & BLOG
This area is filled with how-to articles, engaging conversations, and tons of examples of Catalytic Thinking in Action including actual planning sessions. Much to explore and learn from!

Creating the Future’s Community Engagement Plan 2022

For the past few months, Creating the Future has been applying Catalytic Thinking to the topic of engagement – convening our community members to determine what’s next for this organization. All along this journey, we have shared the conversations that led to the action plan we’ll be kicking off in the next few weeks. You … Read more

A Grab Bag of Community Engagement Resources

Community engagement means different things to different people. The more we have been diving into our own community engagement efforts, the more we’ve focused on what it means to be “in community with the people whose lives are touched by our work.” Beyond a transactional tactic for getting people to help an organization (so often … Read more

Community Engagement Planning: August 30, 2022

Community Engagement Planning Conversation: Tuesday, August 30, 2022 12pm-2pm Pacific time / 3pm-5pm Eastern time / 8pm-10pm UK time Watch the meeting LIVE at this post. Just scroll to the very bottom of the page. Details about how to participate are below. Crafting a Community Engagement Plan Over the past few months, the conversations of … Read more

Community Engagement Planning: SUMMARY of Meeting #5

Our planning conversations continue – and this one was a lively one, as we seek to wrap up this plan by the end of August. You can watch the whole conversation at this link. Please join us for the final meeting in this process on August 30 – info about that meeting is here. For … Read more

Community Engagement Planning: August 8, 2022

Community Engagement Planning Conversation: Monday, August 8, 2022 10am-12pm Pacific time / 1pm-3pm Eastern time Watch the meeting LIVE at this post. Just scroll to the very bottom of the page. Details about how to participate are below. Crafting a Community Engagement Plan Over the past few months, the conversations of our Integrity Body have … Read more

Community Engagement Planning: Summary of Meeting #4

Our fourth planning meeting for our community engagement efforts was a time for more personal reflection on what it means to be in community with others.  For background, you’ll find the summary of our first planning meeting here. Our second meeting is summarized here, and our third meeting is summarized here. This particular meeting was … Read more

Community Engagement Planning: July 14, 2022

Community Engagement Planning Conversation: Thursday, July 14, 2022 12pm-2pm Pacific time / 3pm-5pm Eastern time Watch the meeting LIVE at this post. Just scroll to the very bottom of the page. Details about how to participate are below. Crafting a Community Engagement Plan Over the past few months, the conversations of our Integrity Body have … Read more

Community Engagement Planning: Summary of Meeting #3

Our third planning meeting for our community engagement efforts was a real brain-bender, as we followed Catalytic Thinking to consider the conditions under which people would want to be in conversation with us. For background, you’ll find the summary of our first planning meeting here. And our second meeting is summarized here. In addition to … Read more

Community Engagement Planning: Meeting #2 Summary DETAIL

The following are the detailed notes from our June 27, 2022 Community Engagement Planning conversation. Prior Meeting Recap During our first meeting, we asked the first question of Catalytic Thinking: Who will be affected? After coming up with a long list, we then discussed why community engagement is important, what makes it good when it … Read more