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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New Logo for Creating the Future – Part 2

We asked, and you answered! After receiving an enormous amount of feedback on what you envisioned a new logo for Creating the Future would look and feel like, we were able to gather all the blog comments, Facebook comments and other input into a design request. As a reminder of what we are trying to...

Author: Dimitri Petropolis
Posted: August 15, 2014, 9:19 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


Hot Off the Presses: The “More than Money” Edition of our Newsletter

Our latest e-newsletter centers on money and then some. Tips: While You’re Waiting for the Grant FlashClass – Finding Abundance: Moving Beyond Frustration About Money Blog: It’s About More Than Money Listen While You Commute: Collaboration Our monthly Cool Distraction for a bit of fun NEW: Question of the Month You’ll find all that here.  If...

Author: Hildy Gottlieb
Posted: July 2, 2014, 2:40 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