Building Community Among Consultants

What would it make possible (and for whom?) if consultants and coaches to community benefit groups were able to gather together to discuss their craft and its impact on both their clients and their communities? Those are the questions that opened Creating the Future’s first meeting of its Consultant Community R&D team. The following are…

Replicability + Accountability + Learning = Formula for Change

Anyone involved in social change understands the back and forth between the desire for things to be simple and linear, and the reality that life on this planet is far too complex for that. Perhaps no one has studied that ongoing back-and-forth more than evaluation guru Michael Quinn Patton – the subject of one of…

Safe Space for Consultants (Building Thriving Online Communities: Meeting #1)

Consultant lingo – it’s so common there is even a parody Twitter account called “Shit Facilitators Say,” tweeting out ditties such as, “Tell us about your group process. How did you decide who would write on the flipchart?” High on any list of consultant-isms is always the phrase “Safe Space.”  Part of the job of…