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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Dealing with our Dreams for Creating the Future

Creating the Future’s board meeting will happen at this post on Monday, November 10th at 1pm ET / 10am PT. Board Packet Materials: November 2014 Creating the Future Board Agenda At its November 10th, 2014 meeting the Creating the Future board will be tackling two hefty subjects: beginning our planning to accomplish our mission and continuing...

Author: Creating the Future
Posted: November 7, 2014, 5:17 pm


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: Lisa Humenik
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

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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


New stuff!

Last week was a busy week at Creating the Future. We set the date for our next consultant immersion course. We continued to promote our upcoming FlashClass. And we sent the latest edition of our e-Journal! e-Journal The theme of the November edition of our e-Journal is “Workplaces that Bring Out the Best in Us.”...

Author: Creating the Future
Posted: November 22, 2014, 8:34 pm


Case Study: Workplace Conditions that Bring Out the Best in Everyone

What does it look like when workplace conditions bring out the best in people? The addition of a new paid staff member at Creating the Future sparked this discussion topic at the September board meeting – a discussion that is truly about what it means to build community not just “out there” in the community, […]

Author: Lisa Humenik
Posted: November 15, 2014, 8:58 pm