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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Website Strategy and Design

On Thursday, October 30th at 1:30 p.m. Pacific time US (4:30 p.m. Eastern Time) we will be hosting a live Google Hangout to discuss the next phase of Creating the Future’s Branding and Messaging work. We’re finally ready to look at our current website and see how we can implement all that we’ve learned over...

Author: Creating the Future
Posted: October 19, 2014, 7:13 am


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


1 Year of Consulting to Create the Future

A year ago this month, Lisa Humenik, Rebecca Hurd and Justin Pollock were exploring together – along with 5 of their soon-to-be fellows – in Creating the Future’s Consultant Immersion program. On Tuesday, October 14th at 2:30pm ET, they will be together again for the first time in a year, talking about the difference in...

Author: Creating the Future
Posted: October 8, 2014, 7:46 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 : October 2014

What’s new at Creating the Future for October 2014? Read on to find out! If you haven’t already, be sure to subscribe to our “What’s New” blog (the blog you’re visiting right now!) to keep up to date on all Creating the Future events. Click here to subscribe now! Creating the Future Board Meeting Monday,...

Author: Admin
Posted: September 29, 2014, 8:00 am


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