Webinar: October 12, 2023 (10am-12noon PT)

Community Impact Planning

Planning to create systemic change in your community and beyond

Planning should help your organization create what is possible for your community.  
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But traditional strategic planning was never intended for that!

Whether your work focuses on the arts, the environment, economic justice, racial equity, housing, education, mental health...

Community Benefit Organizations deserve a planning process designed intentionally for creating the most powerful, long-term, systemic community improvement possible.

Are your plans creating dramatic, systemic improvement in your community?

If not, keep reading!

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Did you know...
• Traditional strategic planning was developed by the military, then embraced by the business world. It is designed for gaining strategic advantage over an enemy (the competition) to create short term gains (win a battle, increase profits).

That is the OPPOSITE of what is needed for creating long-term, systemic, community change.

  • If you want to change seemingly intractable, systemic conditions in your community...
  • If you want to get beyond 2-year plans aimed at incremental change...
  • If you want to get everyone in your community engaged in creating what is possible...
  • If you want to link arms with other organizations doing similar work, to accomplish something that none of you can accomplish on your own...

That is what Community Impact Planning is all about. 

What is this Webinar? Who is it for?

Antique image of a compass with ornate and colorful embellismentsThis webinar is for anyone looking to create sweeping, visionary, systemic change in your community. 

If you are leading / facilitating "strategic" planning sessions for community benefit organizations, this class is especially for you.

Through the jam-packed resources in this unique webinar, you will be able to immediately guide your organization through a planning process aimed at making a huge difference in your community.

  • How to respond to your community’s current needs while simultaneously taking steps towards long-term systemic change

  • Steps you can take to avoid unintended circumstances

  • Who to include in your planning, to make your planning as inclusive as possible

  • When to gather data (Hint: It’s NOT at the start of the plan!)

  • How to ensure your plans are strength-based (and why traditional strategic planning is weakness-based)

  • How to budget and fund your plan

  • How to move beyond incremental reactive plans (decreasing X by 5%) to plans that create a step-by-step path towards what is possible

  • Why planning to overcome obstacles actually creates obstacles (and what to do instead)
  • How to ensure there is capacity to implement the plan

  • How to create a roadmap connecting today’s actions to the healthy, humane, equitable future you want to create

  • How to move beyond vision as a warm-up exercise, to establish your vision for your community as the achievable goal of the plan - turning your long-term vision for your community into short-term goals and objectives

  • And so much more!

How It Works (And What this Learning Opportunity Includes)...

This unique learning experience will combine a "flipped classroom" approach with live instruction.

The flipped classroom will provide the theoretical basis for your planning - basic content about the Catalytic Thinking framework that is at the heart of this planning process. That information will be provided the moment you register, to give you time to absorb the material at your own pace. We find this makes the live portion of the webinar far more effective, as you have slow time to think about how you might apply the material to your own situation, and to formulate questions, all at your own pace. The content includes everything listed below.

Then during our live time together, we will have a full 2 hours for Q&A and discussion. The live portion will be recorded and provided to you in both video and audio-only. 

After the webinar, you will have the open invitation to ask our faculty any quick questions that arise while you are putting what you learned into practice. And that invitation extends FOREVER!

Here's what you'll get...

• 2 hours of video classes to watch at your own pace
• Handouts to help embed your learning
• Copies of key slides from the videos
• Additional readings - articles that go deeper into the subject

After you've watched the videos on your own, you'll be part of a 2-hour live session where we will answer questions, share stories and reflections, and explore what is possible. The live session will be recorded in both video and audio, for you to listen / watch again.

The live portion of the program will happen via Zoom on October 12, 2023 at 10am Pacific time / 11am Mountain time / 12pm Central time / 1pm Eastern time.

Our faculty will answer any question that can be answered in just a few minutes, to help as you implement what you learned AFTER the session. 


In the spirit of Collective Enoughness - that together we have everything we need - YOU will determine the tuition for this webinar!

On the registration form, you’ll see a "suggested" tuition. You will also see the ability to choose a different amount that is entirely up to you.

No less than you believe it’s worth,
and no more than you can afford.”
Gayle Valeriote, founding board member, Creating the Future

No one will be turned away.
Because we never want money to stand between you and learning approaches that will help to create a more humane, healthy future for our world.

Your Instructors

Gottlieb, Hildy

Hildy Gottlieb

Hildy Gottlieb is a social scientist and asker of powerful questions. She is the co-founder and Chief Boundary Pusher at Creating the Future, the creator of the Catalytic Thinking framework, and a strong advocate for the power we have together that none of us have on our own.
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Dimitri Petropolis

Dimitri Petropolis is co-founder of Creating the Future. Dimitri's social change work has spanned decades - from union organizer to political activist to community organizer and volunteer. At Creating the Future, Dimitri is the wizard behind the curtain, keeping the plates spinning and the balls in the air.