Blog Roundup – May 2013

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Creating the Future now has seven blogs, as well as a small and growing cadre of blog authors. And so, herewith, a round-up of the great stuff you’ll find at Creating the Future’s blogs. (And remember – if you like what you see there, subscribe to that blog.)

Community Focus
To build healthy communities, that is where all our efforts need to focus. Here are a few of the posts you’ll find at our Community Focus to Create the Future blog. (The last one is a special treat – a Spanish-language translation of our popular post 6 Reasons to Use the Term “Community Benefit Organization.)

Community Building Rules-of-the-Road

Community Conversations about Things that Matter (Podcast)

Building Thriving Online Communities

My Listening Project

6 Razones para usar el término “Organización de Beneficio Comunitario”

If you think you’ve heard it all when it comes to leadership, think again. Because this blog is all about the types of Leadership that create the future of our communities!

The Role of Data in Planning (video)

Leadership. And Community Building. And Hockey… (video)

Questions that Can Change Everything

3 Simple Things to Energize Your Board

From redefining fundraising and partnering to redefining how foundations and social investors do their work, we can’t create the future unless we redefine how that work is resourced. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg of what you’ll find at our Philanthropy that Creates the Future blog.

5 Crowdfunding Lessons

Building Program Strength by Building Upon Assets

Stop Using Volunteers. Seriously. (video)

Only Connect – An Interview with Craigslist Founder Craig Newmark (podcast)

Social Investment: Being the Future We Want to See

Demonstrating What’s Possible
As a living laboratory, Creating the Future is also a living demonstration project – doing all its work out in the open, so we can all learn together. Our Walking the Talk to Create the Future blog is where we do all that work – from sharing what our board is considering to sharing prospective new programs – and a whole lot more.

Early Lessons from our Openly Inviting Participation
In January, our board began having all its internal meetings – planning sessions and internal trainings and board meetings – happen live online, with anyone, anywhere invited to participate. Seriously. (Once you’re at the blog, tool around and you’ll find all those meetings, recorded for you to explore along with us)

Materials for all our board meetings
Detailed minutes, videos of the whole meetings (including the tweet stream of participants!). Plus detailed agenda, and the reports to the board – in writing and in video. Much to learn from here!

If consultants are going to help organizations create the future of their communities, it will take rethinking what those consultants teach – and how they teach it. And we think this is so important, we actually have two blogs where that happens!

The first is our Consulting to Create the Future blog. Posts there include

Getting People to Change

Faculty Development: Qualities and Proficiencies

While this subject matter may be of interest to consultants, the real value is in the process – Creating the Future grads using what they have learned, to reach for what is possible. Great learning here on many levels!

Our second blog about consulting is directly related to the twitter chat for consultants and coaches to community benefit groups – the NPCons chat, a program of Creating the Future to facilitate learning among consultants. The blog for that chat houses not only the blog posts describing that month’s chat topics, but a complete archive of all past chats.

If you think one couldn’t possibly learn in only 140 characters, these chat archives may change your mind. Participants insist this is the best professional development they get every month (and the secret is that they learn from each others’ wisdom and exploration!). Find the NPCons blog here.

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