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Changing the Questions Starts at Hello

 

Last month I wrote an article for Creating the Future’s monthly journal about what happens when we frame our conversations with different questions. What happens is it changes everything!

A little back story: Creating the Future is a living laboratory for accelerating change. As a Fellow with Creating the Future, we envision communities where people are living well, individually and collectively. We know such a future is possible, simply because it is not impossible. When we change the questions embedded in the day-to-day work of individuals and organizations everyone naturally brings out the best in each other and in our world.

Creating the Future is home for me, sharing and learning from my fellow Creating the Future Fellows who are located all over the world. Each of us is aiming for what is possible every day in and with communities, organizations, individuals, and ourselves. Simply put, it is how I BE.

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Creating the Future Fuels Me

A few years ago, I was listening to a keynote presentation by Hildy Gottlieb. I was about to explode. Front and center was a kindred spirit speaking so powerfully about what I felt to my core. I’m not usually a head-nodder when listening, but that day I was nodding vigorously, grinning, and shedding a few joyful tears.

Copies of Hildy’s books were at my office, dog-eared, underlined and stacked in close proximity to my desk for easy access. That day she was talking about The Pollyanna Principles, her latest book about creating the future we want with our communities. Hildy also spoke about Creating the Future, a living laboratory for accelerating change and the Creating the Future Fellows all around the world who are a part of the organization. I no longer felt alone with thoughts I had about community benefit (nonprofit) organizations and community building. Here was a thought framework and approach that was screaming my name. Incredibly brilliant souls were freely sharing their wisdom, experiences and passions. I didn’t just dip my toe in the pool, I cannon-balled off the high dive.

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