Category Archives: Capacity Building

Leadership that Galvanizes Change

March on WashingtonClose your eyes and picture a “movement” for creating a better world. What do you see?

It is likely the image you conjured is one of people making something happen. Perhaps you envisioned the 1963 Civil Rights March on Washington or the individual protests that came before and after that single event.  Or perhaps you saw the individual protests of the Occupy movement, or maybe a local rally for peace, or social justice, or environmental protection.

Students of movement-building know that it is not the single “hero” that creates change; it is the shared leadership across systems and silos that improves social conditions.  It is not a Mandela or a King or a Gandhi that created change, but instead the mobilizing of hundreds of thousands of other leaders, working in formal and informal networks, who made those changes happen.

That spirit of shared leadership across whole systems is at the heart of the work of Jeanne Bell and the folks at CompassPoint Nonprofit Services. In Jeanne’s words, “If you’re trying to lead alone, you’re not really leading.”

Common sense tells us that we are stronger together than we could ever be alone. So then, what does it take to build upon the abundance of strengths that we each have as individuals? What does it take to not only lead the organizations where change agents affiliate, but to also lead those organizations to combine their strengths with the abundance of strength found in others – to be stronger together than they could ever be alone?

Join Jeanne Bell as she explores these questions with Creating the Future’s co-founder, Hildy Gottlieb.

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Using FREE Technology to Engage Your Board
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Imagine if your board members were more deeply engaged in your organization’s work had all the information they needed AND read it / understood it each month had critical documents such as bylaws at their fingertips (without having to haul around a 3-inch-thick policy binder). knew each other as people (rather than as “Bob –… Continue Reading

Getting People to Change

If creating the world we all want means getting people to change what they currently do, how can we get people to change? That may just be the most common question we hear when we share that Creating the Future is building a movement to make  visionary community impact the norm in social change work,… Continue Reading