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 https://creatingthefuture.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Designing-Communication-Engagement_Strategy_Meeting-2.mp3 or Download the MP3 (To download to your hard drive, right-click {or click and hold on a Mac} on the link above … 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!

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 struggle to raise money, to stay competitive, to do more with less… is just as hard, if not harder, than the “real” work … Read more

Reaching For What is Possible: Summary of “Sleuthing Process Design” Meeting #3

During our February 28 meeting (listen/watch the recording here) we began by reaching for what is possible. Guided by the Catalytic Thinking Framework, we pivoted from all that we heard through the lens of Catalytic Listening about the outcomes, strengths and values we identified in our February 14 conversation (listen/watch the recording here) about both … Read more

Outcomes, Strengths and Values: Summary of “Sleuthing Process Design” Meeting #2

What a joyful exercise it has been to design a sleuthing effort to engage conversation with people who care about accomplishing Creating the Future’s mission! Using Catalytic Thinking, we are finding the potential not just in ultimately partnering with people with common goals, but the potential in the process of discovery itself. During our February … Read more

Seeking Partners at Creating the Future: Meeting #3

Creating the Future has been developing a plan to find true partners for building out our efforts to accomplish our mission. Our approach to identifying the fit for those partners will be a sleuthing effort, engaging in conversations rooted in inquiry and a real desire to connect and share the work we are doing. Our … Read more

Collective Enoughness in Action at Creating the Future: Real-time case study

Creating the Future is in build-out mode! Having established a track record in our start-up years,  the 10-year clock towards “Mission Accomplished” officially kicked off last year – full steam ahead to a world filled with systems that bring out the best in us all. As we asked, “What will it take to accomplish the … Read more

Seeking Partners at Creating the Future: Meeting #2

The next meeting of our Sleuthing-for-Partners design effort will be Wednesday, February 14th from 1pm-4pm Pacific time. The meeting will happen right here. For details on how to participate, head to the bottom of the post. For a summary and the video / audio of the first meeting, head to this post. That first meeting … Read more

Rethinking Philanthropy: The Project as it is Evolving

This post is part of an ongoing series inviting social change funders and investors to recreate how social change is resourced, to align the values of their means with their intended ends.  To read about this effort from its inception, head here.  For all posts related to rethinking philanthropy in general, click the category link here. … Read more