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.
books are pre-requisites to be read prior to taking the Immersion Course:
following books will be helpful and will make the course considerably richer
for you, but are not required:
- Introducing the Pollyanna Principles (50
minutes) Provides additional background about the thinking behind each of the
principles. (Required pre-requisite for Immersion Course.)
- There is a broad selection of videos at our
YouTube Channel. 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
There are a small
number of posts at our blog for consultants. We suggest reading all of them,
especially if you will be attending the Phase 2 Immersion Course, as they will
provide both a sense for what you will learn in that course, and a sense of
what it will feel like / be like / how the alignment of your thinking and your
practice may change.
Fundraising / Resource
Boards and Governance
for What Matters Most
A concise definition. (If you have already read
the description of Governing for What Matters in The Pollyanna Principles,
analysis will add further insight, beyond what you will find in the book.)
The following are several posts on giving boards time to think
and explore, with thought-starter questions to get them going:
Boards and Inspiration
following are several posts on inspiring boards and keeping them inspired.
following posts cover a variety of topics, all aimed at the overall approach of
reaching for what is possible.
Lastly, Creating the Future's monthly newsletter
provides a wealth of new information every month. New articles,
new discussions, new videos - plus announcements of dates for the 5-day
Immersion Level program - you don't want to miss this newsletter!
If you are not already receiving the newsletter,
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Updates to this
This syllabus will be updated from time to time,
as new developments unfold. To be notified of updates,