GrantBook, a Toronto based Benefit Corporation, helps philanthropic foundations embrace technology to improve grantmaking. In 2018, one of the Directors was facing the challenge of envisioning GrantBook’s future revenue streams.
The Director and team practiced the Field of the Future exercise to bring new insights on future possibilities and priorities for revenue generation.
The Field of the Future is a mindful group embodiment and sensing exercise (in Theory U’s Social Presencing toolkit), using the social body to bring a future vision into practice through creative expression, resulting in concrete next steps. The group size is four to five people. Timing is one and a half to three hours.
Often ideas of what we want to create in the world are muddled by hidden agendas, notions of success, etc., disabling our ability to envision the future. This exercise allows participants to get out of the mind and into the body to source new questions, ideas and insights.
To protect the confidentiality of GrantBook, details on the resulting content is not revealed here.