A Grab Bag of Community Engagement Resources

Community engagement means different things to different people. The more we have been diving into our own community engagement efforts, the more we’ve focused on what it means to be “in community with the people whose lives are touched by our work.” Beyond a transactional tactic for getting people to help an organization (so often … Read more

Resourcing Social Change – Summary of our September 2021 Conversation

At the monthly meeting of our Integrity Body (known in most organizations as the board), we continued applying Catalytic Thinking to one of the most important issues in the whole social change arena: Resourcing our work. Since its inception, Creating the Future has stood firm in our belief that current funding systems are in large … Read more

Resourcing Social Change – Summary of our August 2021 Conversation

At our August 2021 Integrity Meeting, we began one of the most important conversations we can have. This exploration will affect Creating the Future’s approach to resourcing our work. Our hope, though, is that these conversations will contribute to a reimagining of how social change work is resourced across the whole ecosystem of change efforts. … Read more

Resourcing that Aligns with our Values: September 2021 Integrity Conversation

Creating the Future’s Integrity Meeting: Monday, September 13th, from 10am – 12pm Pacific time Topic: Applying the Integrity lens to resourcing our work (Part 2) Watch the meeting LIVE at this post. Just scroll to the very bottom of the page. Details about how to participate are below. Applying the Integrity Lens to Resourcing: This … Read more

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

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