Succession Planning as Continuity of Benefit: January Integrity Conversation (Summary)

For the past several months, a practice cohort focused on succession planning has been working alongside Creating the Future’s Integrity Body (aka our board). Or at least we began by thinking about “succession planning.” After asking just the first few questions in Catalytic Thinking, the focus moved quickly to what succession planning makes possible. The answer: Continuity … Read more

Succession Planning as Continuity of Mission: December Integrity Conversation (Summary)

For the past several months, a practice cohort focused on succession planning has been working alongside Creating the Future’s Integrity Body (aka our board). Or at least we began by thinking about “succession planning.” After asking just the first few questions in Catalytic Thinking, the focus moved quickly to what succession planning makes possible. The … Read more

Succession Planning vs Continuity of Mission: November Integrity Conversation (Summary)

As Creating the Future steps into a larger role in supporting systems change in the world, it is important that we move beyond dependency on our founders. To that end, we have been discussing a topic that many organizations avoid: Succession Planning.  Not that our founders are going anywhere. But in their words, “Any organization doing … Read more

Succession Planning via Catalytic Thinking: October Integrity Conversation (Summary)

Over the past several months, our Integrity Conversations have focused on funding, and specifically about what resourcing social change would look like if it were aligned with the values we all want to see in this world. You can see summaries of those conversations here and here.  Through those conversations, it became clear that our first … Read more

Our Board Recruitment Process

For the past few months, this body has been applying Catalytic Thinking to the topic of board recruitment. This post is a summary of the work we did to design our recruitment process, and a reveal of the final outcome. To see the questions Catalytic Thinking led us to ask, click here. In our February … Read more

Recruiting Board Members for our Integrity Board: Part 2

Creating the Future is preparing to recruit new board members! This is an exciting step for us, as we design a recruitment process that can live on as the organization grows and changes. As with all things at Creating the Future, we are employing Catalytic Thinking to guide this process. Our conversation began at our … Read more

Recruiting Board Members for our Integrity Board: Part 1

Creating the Future is preparing to recruit new board members! This is an exciting step for us, as we have invested so much time in defining the board’s role in supporting the organization’s mission. Having the bulk of that work behind us, and having spent several months finding our way in this new way of … Read more

What Financial Conversations Could Be…It’s About More Than Money

At our most recent board meeting for Creating the Future, we took time to deeply explore the role financial management, reporting, and leadership should play in the organization. As a demonstration project exploring what could be possible for all boards, we spend a fair amount of time engaged in a process talking about process. I personally … Read more

Bylaws: Operations Manual for the Board

 Updating the Bylaws – three words that send shivers to the soul.  Leaders of entities that legally require bylaws quickly relegate the task to a committee (with a mix of appreciation and condolences) or to the organization’s attorney. During its November meeting, Creating the Future’s board (along with participating guests Regina Birdsell, Heather Tunis and … Read more