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.

Rethinking Boards from Scratch: If There Were No Such Thing as Boards, What Would We Build?

It all started so simply. It was February of the still-new year 2015. Creating the Future’s board of directors was discussing its work plan for the year ahead. “What does the board wish to accomplish over the next 12 months? What are the most important questions for the board to consider in 2015, to ensure...

Author: Hildy Gottlieb
Posted: August 29, 2015, 4:56 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

Ever feel a little too independent as an independent consultant? During a recent discussion at Creating the Future’s Facebook group for Community Benefit consultants, many people expressed interest in learning how to collaborate with other consultants to share the work, lighten the load, tap talents, and better serve our communities. Four members of our group...

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

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

Infusing Business with Purpose – The Making Change Broadcast

LISTEN TO THE BROADCAST HERE or Download the MP3 (To download to your hard drive, right-click {or click and hold on a Mac} on the link above and select “Save Target As”.. or “Save Link as”… depending on your browser) Please join the meeting by watching right here on Friday, June 5th at 4:00 p.m. […]

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