Communications & Engagement: Choose Wisely (Summary: Mtg #4)

Last week, Creating the Future had its 4th meeting to create our communications / engagement strategy. For background, the following are discussion summaries from the meetings that led up to this one: Meeting #1: Who will see our messages (whether the intended audience or not)? What do we want those messages to make possible for … Read more

Communications Strategy: Turning “What do people need to know?” into ACTION (Summary of Mtg #3)

The following summarizes Creating the Future’s 3rd meeting to design a strategy for our communications and engagement efforts. To watch or listen to the meeting itself, head to this post. And to read about this process from the beginning, head to this post. During our first meeting, we talked a lot about the purpose of our … Read more

Communications Strategy: What Our Messages Must Accomplish (Summary of Mtg #2)

Here’s something most people don’t think about, but that affects all of our lives every day: For the most part, the everyday systems we all encounter are rooted in suspicion and reactivity. Think about it. Laws that are meant to keep you from messing up, which then enumerate the repercussions if you do. Human resource … Read more

Designing Communications / Engagement Strategy: Taking ACTION!

Our Final Live meeting is Thursday, December 12th at 11:30am ETScroll down to watch it and participate. Tweet in questions and comments with the hashtag #CreatingTheFuture  Creating the Future is crafting a communications strategy, to help accomplish our mission and vision – creating a world that works for all of us. Our last two meetings … Read more

Communications Strategy for Creating the Future: Summary of Meeting #1

On Thursday, September 19, a small group gathered to begin crafting Creating the Future’s communications strategy. In this post, first we’ll share what transpired during that meeting. Then we’ll share some observations about the meeting overall. Purpose for the Plan: Creating the Future’s first few years were spent in proof-of-concept. We experimented with re-imagining systems. … Read more

Designing Communications / Engagement Strategy: Conditions for Success (Meeting #2)

Designing Communication/Engagement Strategy Meeting #2 was held on Thursday, September 25th from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET Watch the meeting HERE or, After the meeting – LISTEN TO THE MEETING HERE Your Browser does not support the new HTML5 Audio-Tag, sorry! or Download the MP3 (To download to your hard drive, right-click {or click … Read more

Walking the Talk of Inclusion and Possibility in Communications Strategy

This week, Creating the Future will begin developing a communications strategy, to move our work to the next level. (You can watch or participate in that session here.) Because we will use Catalytic Thinking to develop that strategy, you may notice that some of the questions we ask feel different from questions posed in traditional … Read more

Designing Communications / Engagement Strategy via Catalytic Thinking

Creating the Future is embarking on a project to propel systems change towards its potential – creating a world that works for all of us. And you are invited to be part of that! The Project Creating the Future is taking first steps in convening an effort to align social change support systems (like funding … Read more

Frustrated at the Pace of Social Change? So Are We!

Note: Because this is an ongoing effort, this post is being updated regularly, along with the slide deck referenced herein. Most current update: January 8, 2020 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 … Read more

Sharing Stories of What Works

In 2018, Creating the Future began working on a program that has been in our minds for several years – documenting and sharing stories of what works to create systems change. What do we mean by systems change? We all encounter systems every day – the habits, rituals, customs and rules that make up “just … Read more