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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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Faculty Team – Status So Far

As we prepare for the Faculty Team’s first meeting in over a year – this Tuesday, April 7th at 11am PT – we thought it would be helpful to bring folks up to speed. (Please note: The meeting will happen at this link. It will not be at this post. This post is just for...

Author: Creating the Future
Posted: April 3, 2015, 4:36 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


Bringing Out the Best in YOU

As consultants, we are driven to bring out the best in our clients. But what does it take to bring out the best in ourselves? Often consultants confess that they really don’t know. They’re so busy making everything ok for everyone else that they have never really asked themselves the question. So we asked it...

Author: Creating the Future
Posted: November 22, 2014, 7:35 pm

From Surviving to Thriving

You’ve probably heard a bit about the growing movement to consider purpose as an underpinning of any job. Many reports are emerging that Millennials in particular think of the larger social purpose of their work more than older generations did, infusing every career choice they make with intention. The old idea of working to survive […]

Author: Richelle Morgan
Posted: April 15, 2015, 5:25 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


What’s New : March 2015

FlashClass “High Potential Listening” Thursday, March 5th — 10:00 a.m. PT (NA) Do you often wonder why the people who ask for advice often argue with the advice you give them? Interested in transforming people’s problems and frustrations into motivating outcomes by listening for what’s possible? You don’t want to miss out on our “High...

Author: Creating the Future
Posted: March 2, 2015, 7:14 pm


Symbiotic Volunteerism: Building Community Strength Upon Individual Strength

By Joyce Lee-Ibarra Who do you consider the most vulnerable members of society? For many of us, the young and the elderly spring to mind. In the context of volunteerism, youth and seniors are often thought of as the recipients, rather than the providers, of volunteer services. At-risk children, for instance, fill a common narrative […]

Author: Creating the Future
Posted: April 22, 2015, 7:52 pm