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

Out with the old logo, in with the new! After a year of finding our voice and our message (which you'll find here), it is time to turn those words into images and graphics. And YES – that means a new logo, and a new overall “look and feel” for everything from a new website (finally!),...

Author: Hildy Gottlieb
Posted: July 21, 2014, 8:29 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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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 Planning: Starting with the End in Mind

We hear a lot these days about “engaging the community,” whether that community is online or in our real life neighborhood. Often “engagement” is seen as a form of marketing – yet another way to get others to do what we want them to do. That is not what this post is about. This post […]

Author: Creating the Future
Posted: April 6, 2014, 6:33 pm