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.


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Catalytic Thinking – A Practice for Bringing Out the Best in People and Situations

People often ask about Creating the Future’s frameworks. They experience those frameworks in many ways – noticing a difference in the questions we ask and the results from those questions. And they are curious what is at the heart of that practice. The answer is what we call Catalytic Thinking. Catalytic Thinking is a practice...

Author: Hildy Gottlieb
Posted: June 7, 2015, 5:29 am


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


Collaborate with Other Consultants — Panel Discussion via Google Hangout

Twitter stream from the Collaborate With Other Consultants Google Hangout (Please scroll to the bottom to begin) Ever feel a little too independent as an independent consultant? During a recent #NPCons Facebook Page discussion, many consultants expressed an interest in learning about ways to collaborate with other consultants to share the work, lighten the load,...

Author: Kim Tso
Posted: May 11, 2015, 10:23 pm

Consultants Mentoring Consultants

As each of us began our consulting career, whether that was two decades ago or last month, we found (mostly) wise people who took the time to give us advice, feedback and support. Now maybe we get those calls and requests for a “pick your brains” coffee from new consultants, or maybe you are the […]

Author: Jane Garthson
Posted: May 13, 2015, 12:34 pm


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....

Author: Hildy Gottlieb
Posted: February 2, 2015, 3:57 pm


NEW Online Course – Catalytic Thinking 101: Bringing out the Best in PEOPLE

Creating the Future is building a whole new curriculum of immersive online learning. The goal of that curriculum is simple, yet so powerful, it can change everything: Goal: To provide you with the knowledge, the skills, and the day-to-day practices to help you bring out the best in yourself, your organization, your community and our...

Author: Hildy Gottlieb
Posted: June 8, 2015, 8:30 am


Infusing Business with Purpose – The Making Change Broadcast

Please join the meeting by watching right here on Friday, June 5th at 4:00 p.m. ET / 1:00 p.m. PT  (if the video doesn’t appear right away, we may just be running late). And add your input and ideas and questions by tweeting to the hashtag #CTFuture. On Friday, June 5th the representatives of three Benefit […]

Author: Creating the Future
Posted: May 4, 2015, 8:24 pm