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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What is a “Fellow”?

Fellow: (In academia) a member of a group of learned people who work together as peers in the pursuit of mutual knowledge or practice (per Wikipedia). For nearly a year, our Creating the Future community of immersion graduates have been referring to ourselves as fellows. As a community, we played with words like graduate, practitioner,...

Author: Nancy Iannone
Posted: September 8, 2014, 4:36 pm


Why Not to SWOT

It’s time for another strategic plan – yay! Wait, that wasn’t your reaction? Is it because you didn’t enjoy your last planning sessions? Or because that last plan didn’t really make a difference? If you are frustrated by the lack of significant results from your prior plans, and you’re not looking forward to your group’s […]

Author: Jane Garthson
Posted: May 19, 2014, 2:05 am


I Don’t Know… yet

Last week, in Creating the Future’s Facebook group for consultants to community benefit orgs, an article from Forbes titled Are You Dealing With A Real Expert Or A Fake? 7 Ways To Tell led to an interesting discussion. The list included this at #2: Real experts have no trouble saying: “I don’t know.” That led to an interesting...

Author: Creating the Future
Posted: June 2, 2014, 7:09 pm

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Funding Social Change Part 2: Why We’re Doing This

This is Part 2 in a series inviting social change funders and investors to participate in a demonstration project, to recreate how social change is resourced, to align the values of means with their intended ends.  To read this series from the introduction to the project, head here. “Are you guys crazy?” That’s the question...

Author: Hildy Gottlieb
Posted: July 24, 2014, 9:26 pm


What’s New : September 2014

What’s new and happening at Creating the Future this month? Read on to find out more! Creating the Future Board Meeting Monday, September 8th –10 a.m. Pacific Time (NA) / 1 p.m. Eastern Time (NA) Join us for our monthly board meeting on September 8th. To find out what we’ll be discussing during September’s meeting,...

Author: Admin
Posted: September 4, 2014, 8:36 pm


Community Engagement Case Study: Seattle, Washington

To hear the full story of this case study, including the various strategies we are using, watch the video at the end of this post. This post may feel a bit unusual. Normally a case study has a beginning, middle and end. We’re still in the middle of this case study, though. As a fellow […]

Author: Andrea John-Smith
Posted: August 4, 2014, 5:35 pm