Board / Community Meeting August 2020: Racial Equity Work

Creating the Future's
Board / Community Meeting:
Monday, August 10th from 10am - 12pm Pacific time

Walking the Talk of Racial Equity 

Logistics: The meeting will happen right here at this post. Details are below.

Watch the meeting LIVE at this post.
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Note: if the meeting does not start on time please be patient as we may be running a few minutes late.

Protest Sign: No justice no peaceBackground:
At our last meeting, Creating the Future's board and community members began one of the most important conversations we can have: What will Creating the Future do to ensure we are walking the talk of our values when it comes to racial justice and equity.

As our board takes on its new role of monitoring and ensuring our integrity, what will that role look like regarding the issue of racial equity?

Using Catalytic Thinking to guide us, we will be considering our own education into these issues.

1) We will begin with questions that focus us on the outcomes we want from engaging around this issue. What do we want our own education to make possible - and especially, possible for whom?

2) From there, we will establish the conditions for success of that engagement. In order to achieve the goals we envision for this work, what would we need to know and understand? What would we need to believe? What would we need to be assured of?

This is such a meaty issue, and truly there is no more important issue we can be discussing - not just our organization, but every organization. And we want YOU to be part of that discussion.*

How to Prepare

First, please let us know if you plan to attend by sending a note at this link 

This PDF graphic of the Catalytic Thinking Framework will give you an understanding of the flow of the conversation. We recommend printing it out or having it otherwise available during the meeting, to spark your thinking during the discussion. You can also follow along with the questions that guide Catalytic Thinking at this link

How to participate

If you have never been part of Creating the Future's work, all our strategy and board meetings are open and participatory, for anyone who wants to be part of the discussion. You can see more about that at this link.

Where we meet:

The board meeting will take place right here at this post. If the video does not appear precisely on time, please be patient – we are probably just running a few minutes late.

There are 3 ways you can participate in our meetings.

  • If your familiarity with and commitment to Creating the Future’s work - or your own experience with re-imagining organizational systems - is calling you to be actively involved in the meeting discussion side-by-side at our online “meeting table,” let us know, and we will send you an invitation to join us online.
  • If you want to participate but are unable to be in the meeting itself (perhaps you’re at work, or maybe at home with kids running around, etc.), watch the live-stream in real time and tweet your questions and ideas to us via the hashtag #CreatingTheFuture. We read those tweets aloud during the meeting, just as if you were there. This is a great first step for those who are not as familiar with our work, but want to get more involved.

(Please note: We will only see your tweets if you use the #CreatingTheFuture hashtag. In addition, during the meeting, we will not look at blog comments here at this post. While we will check those comments later, during the meeting we will only be following the #CreatingTheFuture hashtag in the Twitter stream.)

  • Lastly, if you want to simply watch, or you want to think about what you’re hearing and respond later – or if you will be watching the recording after the meeting happens – please add your thoughts into the comments here at this post. We will include that thinking into the mix of things.

We look forward to your being part of our discussion on Monday, August 10th!

* All Creating the Future's board meetings are open for anyone to participate, or to watch afterwards. To learn more about the thinking behind this openness - and our experiences with being open - click here. 

Logistics: The meeting will happen right here at this post. Details are below.

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Photo Credit: Johnny Silvercloud - No Justice No Peace, CC BY-SA 2.0

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