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The Wave Report! Your Information Pipeline for the FutureWave!

Welcome to the second edition of the Wave Report.

Time flies when you are building a new business, and so much has happened since we launched FutureWave at the Sustainable North Carolina Business Council Collaboratory in May.  

We appreciate all of our friends and colleagues who have supported us through the birthing of this new venture. We are amazed with the opportunities and projects that have emerged. There is so much good work to be done in the world today and it is exciting to be a part of the solution. 

Thanks for subscribing. We look forward to sharing our journey and new discoveries with you! 

Wendy & Janine  
FutureWave Co-Founders


Multi-Sector Collaborations -
It's Time To Start The Conversation

It started with the Sustainable North Carolina Business Collaboratory in May, and continued with the launch of the New Economy Leadership Roundtable in Washington, DC in September. There is a NEW WAVE building toward multi-sector collaborations to meet the unprecedented challenges we face today. 

In September, FutureWave was asked to design and facilitate a gathering of 35 thought leaders dedicated to building a social movement for a just, sustainable economy. Invited guests included CEOs of business, leaders of major educational institutions, and directors of social movements, foundations, government agencies and advocacy groups.  

The New Economy Genius  was in the room.  

It was our job to ignite conversation, capture ideas, identify the common vision and build agreement to work together toward that common vision. It meant that people would have to agree to accept and honor differences in agendas and philosophy, and be able to identify and focus on their common vision. How could they utilize their collective power to advance the ideas and policies that united them? 

Since then I've been doing some thinking around the importance of mass collaboration. 

In the past we focused on developing people and teams. Then the need became, how do we get people to work together across departments within an organization? Our challenge was to eliminate silos. 

Now ... to meet the challenges we currently face, we have to expand our concept of collaboration to include not only those we currently work with, but also people outside our own organization. 

How do we bring together multiple sectors---business, nonprofit, government, academia, and social networks---to create new ways of innovating, building business and tackling the global challenges that face us today? 

This type of cutting-edge collaboration taps into huge potential while raising difficult questions: 

  • How do we bring diverse groups together for true dialogue that leads to common vision and inspired action?
  • How can we shift our focus from the things that separate us to the common elements of our individual visions that can unite us?
  • How do we ensure that all voices are heard and outcomes supported?

In closed system groups, to ensure accountability, the vision and action plans can be tied to compensation and advancement. It was possible to put "teeth" into the decisions. We have some "push" power to enact the change we want. 

In multi-sector collaborations, how do we ensure accountability and follow-through? I believe we must move from a "push" form of motivation to a powerful "PULL." 

How do we work together to create a common vision and pathway forward that is SO COMPELLING that people can't help but become excited and put their energy into following through? How do we work with people in a way that they feel like they "Can't NOT" take steps to initiate change? The motivation shifts from an external push to an internal pull. 

Be looking for more posts and resources on this topic as our curiosity leads us to more questions and hopefully ... creative solutions!
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We have been facilitating and attending meetings and conferences around the country, and there is one voice continually missing from the conversation--- Teens-to-Twentysomethings.  

We say that youth are our greatest resource, yet when was the last time you really sat and talked with someone in this age group? Did you listen? 

FutureWave believes that youth have a lot to say, and a lot to contribute to the Conversations that Matter today. We set out to design a high-energy, engaging process that tapped into the youth genius in the room. 

With the help of an amazing group of teens with the North Carolina State Youth Council, we launched our first Youth PossibilityNOW event on September 25 and 26 in High Point, NC. A diverse group of 75 teenagers gathered from around the state to participate in this event.  

Want to learn more? Listen to our podcast for the REST of the STORY.

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The Speaker Alternative

In our last issue of The Wave Report, we talked about the SQUINT FACTOR.

Then we began wondering about all the missed opportunities there are to really get people who are passionate about a particular topic area in a room to talk about what they were squinting at.  

Imagine the conversations, ideas and breakthroughs that could emerge if you really got people talking about what they see as the next wave or the cutting-edge solutions and opportunities in their given area of expertise. We asked ourselves , "How do we tap into the Genius In The Room?" 

Hence, "The Speaker Alternative" PossibilityNOW! Caf´┐Ż

was born. 

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FutureWave Consulting is dedicated to Designing, Facilitating, Capturing and Catalyzing Conversations that Matter. We believe that in today's world, it is essential to bring people together, tap into the genius in the room, and unleash new ideas and possibilities that lead to innovative, inspired action. 

Check Us Out!



Multi-Sector Collaborations - It's Time To Start The Conversation 


The Speaker Alternative



New Economy Network - Washington, DC

State Youth Council Meeting - High Point, NC 


Cascade S and FutureWave Partnership

Renewable Energy Colorado and Hawaii (REACH) 


World Bank - The Value Web

Food Initiative 2010 - Rescheduled

Sustainable North Carolina Business Council Awards 


Margaret Wheatley
Experiential Training and Development Alliance Super Summit - 

Colorado Department of Education Literacy Initiative

Durham Dreams Launch 

Our Offer! 
Possibility Jam to create your future wave -
We are excited to share our passion for possibility with you in a FREE 25 minute Possibility JAM Session!
In 25 minutes we will work together to gain an understanding of your current situation and guide you to envision YOUR future wave. By asking provocative questions we will help you breakthrough to a crystal clear vision for what you want to create .

This possibility jam will generate lots of ideas that will help you see new possibilities.

We will uncover some hidden challenges that keep you or your organization from moving closer to your vision

You will leave the session renewed, inspired and energized to take action on getting closer to your creation/vision/future wave 
Answer the questions below and give us a call to schedule your session:
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If time or money weren't a concern, what would you create/offer that you don't offer today?
What is your greatest challenge or obstacle to moving forward?


FutureWave Headquarters
905 W. Main Street Box 59
Durham, NC 27701
Denver Office
3216 Tejon Street, Suite 201
Denver, CO 80211

Toll Free: 877-302-WAVE (9283)