The Goal of Engagement is Engagement: Tour Post #3

This post is the 3rd in a series describing Creating the Future’s first “Road Tour,” a two-month community engagement effort that saw our founders connecting with people in communities across California and Nevada in late 2018. You can read these posts from the beginning here. What would it take for people to feel ownership of … Read more

Planning Our Community Engagement Tour: Post #2

This post is the 2nd in a series describing Creating the Future’s first “Road Tour,” a two-month community engagement effort that saw our founders connecting with people in communities across California and Nevada in late 2018. You can read these posts from the beginning here. The Idea Before we get into how we planned for this … Read more

Engagement 101: Get Out of the Office! (Road Tour Post #1)

I’ve started this post 100 times in my mind. Every time, a new story rises to the top… “Today 75 business students from around the world gathered to learn how to use cause-and-effect to create powerful results… “Today a young change-maker identified steps to create the world she wants to see… “Today a group of … Read more

What Does It Take to Nurture an Online Community? PEOPLE!

Nonprofit/Community Benefit Organization Consultants Facebook Group Meeting #3  On February 9, 2017, members of the Facebook Group Nonprofit / Community Benefit Organization Consultants continued exploring what it takes to nurture an online community. A project of Creating the Future, this Facebook group has more than 500 members, each of whom in some way serves the … Read more

Racial Equity: What Will it Take?

There seems no better way to celebrate Lincoln’s birthday than to announce the upcoming episode in our Making Change conversation series – a conversation about racial equity with diversity and inclusion advocates Desiree Adaway and Ericka Hines. (Update: That must-watch / must-listen conversation happened on March 9th. You can watch / listen / download below). Merriam … Read more

Creating Systems to Engage & Support Humans

This is the third in a series of posts about creating a monthly contributors campaign. Get oriented quickly with our prior meeting summaries here and here, where you can also watch recordings of the meetings. A few months back, we launched an experiment – to consider what it would take to create a monthly contributors … Read more

Building a Nurturing Network Part II: Who are the Participants and What Conditions Will Bring Out Their Best?

What does it take to support the members of an international online community? On December 13, 2016, 15 members of the Facebook Group Nonprofit / Community Benefit Organization Consultants began exploring what conditions would need to be in place to maintain the supportive nature of the group, and to allow each member to maximize their … Read more

“You better keep on pressing. There are people who need us.”

The day after Election Day 2016, Creating the Future hosted an online conversation for people who were struggling with those election results. You can find that recorded conversation here. Through the many expressions of sadness and disbelief, there was also immense optimism. The longer we talked, the more each person began to realize that the … Read more

"Contribution" as Deep Engagement: Connecting Human to Human

Where does that uneasy feeling come from when an incoming call is from a community benefit organization we care about? It may be because we assume a pattern is about to be repeated: (1) Make a monetary contribution. (2) Receive a phone call that begins with thank you, then swiftly moves into considering giving more. … Read more