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.




Our New Website

We are finally ready to redesign Creating the Future’s website and look at our overall online presence. We will be live streaming our first planning conversation on what our strategy should be on February 4th at 11am ET. We expect guests from across the globe to be part of the live discussion and would love...

Author: Dimitri Petropolis
Posted: January 20, 2015, 1:16 am


Evaluations that Bring Out the Best in People: 5 Experts Weigh In

What would it take for employee evaluations to bring out the best in people? Deep down, we all realize that the process of evaluation is full of possibilities, yet it often falls short of what it could be. In preparing for a discussion on this topic at Creating the Future’s November board meeting, we asked several […]

Author: Creating the Future
Posted: November 15, 2014, 10:12 pm


Bringing Out the Best in YOU

As consultants, we are driven to bring out the best in our clients. But what does it take to bring out the best in ourselves? Often consultants confess that they really don’t know. They’re so busy making everything ok for everyone else that they have never really asked themselves the question. So we asked it...

Author: Creating the Future
Posted: November 22, 2014, 7:35 pm

Curiosity and Innovation

There’s a new year of hope and optimism starting to unfold. What better time than January to consider what we are curious about, how we can encourage that curiosity, and how that could lead to more innovation to serve ourselves, our clients and our communities better. Wikipedia defines Innovation as “a new idea, device or […]

Author: Jane Garthson
Posted: January 16, 2015, 3:54 pm


Inspirational “Thank You” Ideas

    What is the most meaningful and memorable “thank you” you’ve ever received? We posed this question to a group of experts who work with all types of community organizations, and we received some very inspiring responses! As we read those stories, a clear pattern emerged: Whether the thank you was in response to a...

Author: Lisa Humenik
Posted: December 10, 2014, 2:24 am


What’s New : January 2015

Happy New Year from Creating the Future! A new year means new projects, new ideas and new questions to ask! We are ecstatic about 2015 and all the possibilities the new year brings and look forward to working with all of you to create communities where people are living well, individually and collectively. Here’s “What’s...

Author: Creating the Future
Posted: January 8, 2015, 1:09 am


Gratitude and Generosity: An Online Conversation

With the holiday season in full swing and the end of 2014 soon approaching, gratitude and generosity fills the air. People are making time to help others, and reflect on how others have helped them the past year. What if instead of focusing on the values of gratitude and generosity once a year, individuals focused […]

Author: Creating the Future
Posted: December 9, 2014, 4:54 pm