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.
Fast forward to today. I participated in Creating the Future’s Immersion Course in 2013, and followed that up with graduate courses, and serving as a Board of Directors documentarian. And yes, I am a Creating the Future Fellow and practitioner. As a living laboratory, we walk the talk of the organization’s values everyday. We share ideas freely, we ask questions that reach for our highest potential. Being a part of Creating the Future is life transforming in the most powerful and incredible ways. I’ll be sharing more about Creating the Future, and how it is infused in my work and being. Infinite gratitude goes to Creating the Future’s co-founders, Hildy Gottlieb and Dimitri Petropolus.