Systems Change from the Inside Out: A New Program

Back in 2019, Hildy started a research inquiry about the systems that support social change efforts. From her initial blog about this topic… Do you ever feel like Sisyphus in your work to create a more humane world – like you’re taking two steps forward and 1.9 steps back? Does it feel sometimes like the … Read more

Integrity in Action: Discussion

If you have been following the work of our board as we deconstruct and rethink what a board can actually make possible for the organization, you know that the focus on our board is on integrity. At our board’s meetings in April and May, we began diving into what integrity will look like in action. … Read more

December Board / Community Meeting December 2020

Creating the Future’s Board / Community Meeting: Monday, December 14th, from 10am – 12pm Pacific time Topic: What does “ensuring the organization’s integrity” look like in practice? Watch the meeting LIVE at this post. Just scroll to the very bottom of the page. Details about how to participate are below. Being an Integrity Board in … Read more

Celebrating and Moving Ahead: Board / Community Meeting July 2020

Creating the Future’s Board / Community Meeting: Monday, July 13th from 10am – 12pm Pacific time Topics: 1) Bylaws Guiding Documents for Accomplishing our Mission 2) Ensuring Racial Equity as an “Integrity Board” Logistics: The meeting will happen right here at this post. Details are below. Watch the meeting HERE on Monday. Just scroll to … Read more

Building a New Board Structure: January 2020 Board / Community Meeting

Creating the Future’s Board / Community Meeting: Monday, January 13, 2020 10am – 12pm Pacific time Topic: Clarifying our board’s new role and determining next steps in building that! Watch the meeting HERE or,  LISTEN TO THE MEETING HERE https://creatingthefuture.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Creating_the_Future_Board_Meeting_Jan13-2020.mp3 or Download the MP3 (To download to your hard drive, right-click {or click and hold … Read more

Building an Integrity-Focused Board (Part 1)

On Monday, November 11, Creating the Future’s board and community members began the actual building of what’s next for our own board. The following is a summary of that brain-bending discussion. (To watch or listen to the actual discussion, click here.) Background If there were no such thing as organizations as we currently know them, … Read more

Boards & Governance: Building an “Integrity Board”

If there were no such thing as organizations as we currently know them, what would we build to accomplish social missions and propel social change forward? For the past four years, this question has been at the heart of our board’s discussions.* Because Creating the Future is a grounds for experimenting with systems change, this … Read more

Democratizing Boards – a Conversation

In the world of social change, the word “accountability” is bandied about regularly. Unfortunately, beyond the mandate for compliance with legal entities and the regularly-noted-yet-little-understood notion of “accountability to the community we serve,” there is little discussion of what accountability really means. Accountable to whom? For what? And what does that accountability look like in … Read more

Board / Community Meeting: April 8th

Creating the Future’s Board / Community Meeting: Monday, April 8th from 10:30am – 12pm Pacific time Topic: Continued discussion of ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE / DESIGN If there were no such thing as organizations as they currently exist, what would we build to accomplish social missions? Logistics: The meeting will happen right here at this post. Details … Read more

Compliance, Expectations and Commitments: To Whom? For What?

If there were no such thing as organizations as we currently know them, what would we build to accomplish social missions? At our March 2019 meeting (watch or listen here), Creating the Futrue’s board began tackling the nuts-and-bolts of starting anew – designing a brand new structure rooted in the question above.  To understand our … Read more