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

November 2013 Board Mtg: Bylaws & the Role of the Board

At today's meeting, Creating the Future's board will continue to the link between bylaws and the role of the board. Going through our original boilerplate bylaws section by section, what does each sections say about the role of the board in this organization? What systems and practices will support that role? To see the discussion … Read more

Using FREE Technology to Engage Your Board – a Non-Techies Guide

Imagine if your board members were more deeply engaged in your organization’s work had all the information they needed AND read it / understood it each month had critical documents such as bylaws at their fingertips (without having to haul around a 3-inch-thick policy binder). knew each other as people (rather than as “Bob – … Read more

Business Model or Mission Model?

In plain English, the word “mission” doesn’t mean “something we do forever.” A mission is either accomplished or impossible. We either get the job done, or we go home. Which means the most powerful question any change effort can ask is, “If we intend to accomplish our mission and actually change conditions in our communities, … Read more

Full Frontal Engagement

If we want to see communities where people are fully engaged, participating in their own lives and their own futures, what would it look like if that was modeled everywhere – starting with our own organization? This is a question that has been in the making at Creating the Future since the initial decision, before … Read more