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Future Forward Final Stretch

Ten months into our Future Forward process and nearly six weeks since our last experiment update, we’re coming around for the home stretch. It took some doing to schedule the remaining engagements for our process, but we were finally able to align everyone’s calendars. Here’s a recap of recent and upcoming meetings: 10/16, Stepping Into Power rescoping call 10/20, Funders’…

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Leslie Griep, Pragmatic Idealist

Leslie Griep is the Director of Finance and Operations at Forward Together. Among the ‘outside’ perspectives we wanted to include in the innovation challenge were administrative and operational points-of-view, folks who aren’t always invited into such conversations. Leslie shared some of her thoughts about the workshop and subsequent experimentation process with me recently. AW: How would you describe yourself in…

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Catching Up With Robin Katcher

Earlier this month, I corresponded with Robin Katcher to get her reflections on the Innovation Challenge workshop and impressions of the ensuing experiment process. Robin is a senior program advisor at Management Assistance Group. She brings profound love and humor to her work strengthening organizations, leaders, and networks in the social justice field. AW: How would you describe yourself in…

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Demystifying Rapid Innovation with Steve Ma

For the Future Forward Innovation Challenge, we were thrilled to bring together a stellar group of innovative folks from diverse backgrounds, including Steve Ma of Accelerate Change. I caught up with Steve earlier this month to talk about his experience at the workshop. AW: You’ve been a changemaker for two-plus decades—founded Live Green, a social enterprise focused on building a…

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Collaboration Muscles & Mindsets: How Did We Do?

As our Future Forward participants continue to delve deeply into this current experiment phase, I wanted to summarize what happened in the four months of preparation leading up to these experiments. As I wrote earlier this year, from February through May 2015, I led our participants through a program called Collaboration Muscles & Mindsets. From February through May 2015, our…

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Diving Into Experimentation

With the fourth of July holidays approaching, summer is here, and we’re diving head first into the  experimentation phase of  Future Forward. This experimentation phase builds off the stimulating conversations and the plethora of ideas developed during our May 15th Innovation Challenge kick-off, where our Future Forward team and guests drew on the previous three month’s exploration into muscles and mindsets…

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