The Introductory Level
program establishes the foundation for the rest of the education program
through a self-paced introduction to concepts that will guide you to create
greater outcomes for your community. The program combines reading, video and
Learning Community participation to begin immersing you in the thinking behind
these approaches. The following provides an overview of the outcomes you can
expect from the Introductory Level Program; the Program Content; and the
Like everything at Creating the Future, the
Introductory Level Program is aimed at having participants achieve specific
results. Those results include outcomes for your clients, and outcomes for your
consulting practice itself.
You will be better able to understand
client issues and frustrations, by understanding why traditional governance,
planning, fundraising and other systems have created neither community
improvement nor organizational stability.
You will be able to begin aiming client
conversations in a more productive direction, by understanding how different
systems can align a clients work to create more significant community
You will have a network of colleagues to
share information with and learn from.
The readings, video and
Learning Community discussions will provide program participants with
introductory knowledge of the following systems:
Systems that Create the Future
Governance and Planning that Create the Future
How boards can govern by holding themselves
accountable for the end results their community receives.
Defining what matters most
Putting what matters into action
Developing and Sustaining Programs that Create the Future
Building a Consulting Practice that Creates the Future
By tethering your sales & marketing to
your clients impact and outcomes in the community, these frameworks can
increase your value, your fees, and the impact your consulting work creates in
In the Introductory Level, the Learning
Community environment occurs in various online social media forums. Discussions
at Creating the Future's blog, and specifically at our blog for consultants -
Consulting to Create the Future - cover a broad spectrum of topics for
consultants, with new consultants and master consultants learning from each
other in a spirit of moving forward together.
Creating the Future also encourages ongoing
discussion of high-potential consulting topics under the Twitter hashtag of
#NPCons. The pinnacle of that Twitter community's interaction happens monthly
during the #NPCons Twitter chat, with topics that reach simultaneously for the
highest potential of consultant, client and community.
Reading & Viewing
The assignments below provide a comprehensive
overview of all aspects of Consulting to Create the Future. These readings and
videos, combined with the opportunities provided by the social media learning
environment, will provide you with the first steps towards transforming your
practice, to aim your consulting work towards its potential to make a greater
difference in the world.
For those who are considering taking the
week-long Phase 2 Immersion Course, the syllabus is broken into
Required and Additional reading / viewing.
The following books
are all available at Creating the Future's website via the links, or at Amazon.
If you order from Creating the Future, the proceeds will help build the
programs at Creating the Future. But we do understand if it makes more sense
for you to shop at Amazon.
following 3 books are required reading prior to the 5 day immersion course:
following books will be helpful and will make the course considerably richer
for you, but are not required:
the Future (19 minutes) TEDx talk by Hildy Gottlieb, outlining the most
basic premise in Creating the Futures theory of change - the fact that
each of us is creating the future, with everything we do.
- Introducing the Pollyanna
Principles (50 minutes) Provides additional background about the thinking
behind each of the principles.
- You will also find a broad selection of
videos at our
Channel and also at our old YouTube channel (we havent moved those videos
over to our new channel yet!) While the content-related videos (governance,
community engagement, etc.) will expand upon the readings, the videos
specifically about consulting are unique to Creating the Future and are not
covered in any other of our books or viewing materials. All our videos are
intended to provide insights into how your practice could achieve higher and
higher levels of impact.
Blog Posts / Articles
Creating the Future has several
blogs, going deeply into the subjects of Building Community, Resourcing &
Philanthropy, Governance & Leadership, and Consulting itself.
In addition, as a living
laboratory for what is possible in the social change arena, Creating the Future
is acting as its own demonstration project, sharing not only what we learn, but
engaging others to learn along with us. One way in which we are doing so is by
authentically and meaningfully engaging others in every major internal decision
the organization makes. We engage this work primarily at our Walking the Talk
blog (although you will also find our resource development work showing up in
our Resourcing and Philanthropy blog, and Faculty Development work showing up
in our Consulting blog, and some of our boards questions showing up in
our Leadership blog... You may want to just subscribe to them all!)
Lastly, Creating the Future has 2 e-newsletters.
Our general e-newsletter addresses a different issue area each month - from
leadership to resourcing to technology etc. If you are not already receiving
Our Consultants e-newsletter will provide you
with articles, videos, classes (online and face-to-face), community building -
and a lot more, specifically related to your work as a consultant. This is
where we will also announce dates for the 5-day Immersion Level program! If you
are not already receiving our Consultants newsletter,
get it here.
Updates to this
This syllabus will be updated from time to time,
as new developments unfold.