Welcome to Creating the Future's Living Laboratory, where we explore the practices and processes that have historically proven to create healthier, more humane places to live.

This is where our Research and Development work occurs via live-streamed meetings, and where that work is documented. Large portions of our Education and Convening work can be found here, and this is the home of all our Demonstration projects.


Subscribe to those blogs that further your own work. And join us as "lab partners" as we explore practices and processes that will create the future we all want for our lives and our world.




Catalytic Thinking in Action – Meeting 2 Agenda

We are going to have an amazing repository of stories about using catalytic thinking in our work, personal lives and community life! The first meeting rocked our world, and expanded an idea for a simple blog into a communication platform, virtual coffee house and one key way to achieve Creating the Future’s mission. Read a...

Author: Jane Garthson
Posted: April 20, 2016, 8:28 pm


Changing the Language of Engagement

In our work at Creating the Future, we seek to change the questions embedded in the day-to-day work of individuals and organizations, so everyone naturally brings out the best in each other and in our world. This involves an intentional focus on language and how we use it to move conversations forward, to result in […]

Author: Lisa Humenik
Posted: April 21, 2015, 6:48 pm


Learning Objectives Remixed as Pre-Conditions for Success

What does it take for course content to create a shift in the students who are learning that material? The faculty team at Creating the Future is at that “developing content” point in building our new Catalytic Listening course. To guide that effort, we are using Catalytic Strategy to ask two core questions: 1) What do we...

Author: Hildy Gottlieb
Posted: March 14, 2016, 9:51 pm


5 Crowdfunding Lessons

Back in 2012, when Creating the Future had just wrapped up its 3rd successful scholarship campaign at StartSomeGood.com, we posted a “lessons learned” post, to share what was standing out for us from that campaign.  Fast forward to today, we are now in the early planning stages for our 4th crowdfunding effort in early 2016. It feels...

Author: Hildy Gottlieb
Posted: October 14, 2015, 12:34 am


Blog Roundup – September 2015

With all the activity happening in the social change laboratory at Creating the Future, this past few months has generated more than its share of content – videos and podcasts, blog posts at our 7 blogs, classes and learnings in multiple formats. We hope this round-up of the highlights encourages you to dive in to what...

Author: Creating the Future
Posted: October 1, 2015, 12:38 am


Reinventing Organizations as Movements: Chloe Waretini (Making Change Broadcast)

Being a living laboratory means Creating the Future is always seeking others who are experimenting with different organizational forms.   You can therefore imagine our joy to learn about the work being done at New Zealand based Enspiral!Per their website, “Enspiral is a bold experiment to create a collaborative network that helps people do meaningful work.” The […]

Author: Hildy Gottlieb
Posted: October 21, 2015, 10:54 pm