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2013 Creating Space

This year, we hosted the tenth Creating Space of the Leadership Leaning Community’s history. The theme for this year’s event was “Breaking New Ground: Leadership Development for Social Innovation & Impact.” The event brought together hundreds of leadership development programs, funders, evaluators, researchers and consultants to share ideas and build connections. 

Creating Space had two overarching goals.  First, to be a catalyst for strengthening our leadership development practice and more broadly the social sector leadership development field.  Second, to create a transformative learning experience that allows us to consider a broad range of leadership development perspectives and experiences - both ‘tried and true’ and unconventional ones - that could elevate participants’ work to a new level of social impact.

The Creating Space Experience:

Ever since the first Creating Space, the Leadership Learning Community has implemented a vision of a collaborative learning environment that honors participants’ knowledge and experience as well as capturing the wisdom and emergent learning in the room.  Rather than creating a conference, we created an un-conference challenging the idea that speakers or experts hold all the knowledge, and participants simply passively receive information.  Creating Space is a unique gathering that focuses on unleashing innovative thinking through multiple voices and a range of ideas by harvesting the participants’ broad collective expertise and creating a welcoming space to share lessons, tackle tough problems, and think together about new frontiers of learning.

A signature strategy or tool for supporting this more active mode of learning has been the use of Open Space technology.  Using Open Space, participants become “designers” helping to shape and influence the meeting content by suggesting issues of immediate importance to their work or offering compelling new models making a difference in their practice.  Participants then self-organize around these topics for small group conversations.  This year, in addition to Open Space, we requested ideas from the community in advance, and organized sessions and topic hosts for the event.

  Read Creating Space: What's Next?

  Read about this year's Catalysts and Participants

  For information about future Creating Space events, register for the LLC newsletter.


Creating Space on Our Blog:

  Guest Blog Post: Breaking New Ground to Scale Social Innovation and Impact: What Will It Take?

  #CreatingSpace2013 Tweet Chat Transcript & Resource Links

  LLC MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Announcing the Design Team for Creating Space 2013

  Creating Space FAQs & Travel Info

  Creating Space: Short Survey, Networking and Self-Organizing Opportunities

  Share Your Feedback on the Creating Space X | 2013 Survey & Participate in Learning Clusters


Creating Space Reflections:

  Breaking New Ground in Leadership Development: What’s Money Got To Do With It?

  Unleashing Innovation with Design Thinking

  Healthy Self-Reflection and Healing at Creating Space X

  The Individual in Collective Leadership

  A New Leadership Development Mindset: Leadership Development Hiding In Plain Sight

  Leadership Development Hiding in Plain Sight

  How Can Leadership Development Programs Make a Difference in the Challenges of Tackling Racism?

  Leadership & Race: Alvin Starks on the Creating Space X Equity Panel (Video)

  Creating Space: Survey Findings

  Leadership Development Hiding in Plain Sight: Reflections on Creating Space X

  Leadership & Race: Bay Area Learning Circle Reflections (Event Learnings)

  Leadership in Transition: Ceasar McDowell at Creating Space X (Video)

Event media now available

Creating Space 2013 Photos:

Creating Space 2013 Video Clips:

Special thanks to Eugene Kim for his documentation of the event!



What People are Saying About Creating Space 2013:


Creating Space FAQs:

1. Who should attend Creating Space?

2. What are the benefits of participating in Creating Space?

3. How can I help promote Creating Space?

4. Who can I contact with additional questions?

5. Where can I find more information about past Creating Space events?

6. Where can I find out about past Creating Space participants?

1. Who should attend Creating Space?

We invite leadership programs, funders, researchers, consultants and evaluators across the nation to join the event. In short everyone who has an interest in leadership development and learning.  Come prepared to contribute what you know and benefit from the experience of others!


2. What are the benefits of participating in Creating Space?

  • You will be exposed to new leadership development models, resources, evaluation strategies and/or new ways of thinking about how to support leadership with the capacity to increase the collective impact of your work.
  • You will feel supported and/or challenged to consider changes in your own leadership work that could increase the impact of your work in communities, networks and systems.

  • You will participate in a meeting that values a culture that is inclusive of and respectful of diverse viewpoints and where all voices are heard.
  • You will have the opportunity to network with other stakeholders and remain connected for purposes of learning and collaboration.


3. How can I help promote Creating Space?

You can help by forwarding the invitation to the event to your channels. We encourage you to tweet about the event using the hashtag #CreatingSpace2013. Include the url


4. Who can I contact with additional questions?

Please contact info@leadershiplearning.orgOr Call Miriam at (510) 238-9080


5. Where can I find more information about past Creating Space events?

Click here for past Creating Space Agendas


6. Where can I find out about past Creating Space participants?
Here are some of the organizations that have participated in Creating Space events before - also, check out quotes from past participants!

  • Public Allies
  • Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • Open Society Institute
  • Development Guild/DDI              
  • Institute of International Education
  • Rollins College
  • Tides Center
  • Wholistic Stress Control Institute, Inc.
  • Youth Leadership Institute
  • Blandin Foundation
  • Center for Ethical Leadership
  • Consumer Health Foundation
  • Data Center
  • Demos
  • Dig In
  • International Leadership Association
  • Office of Student Life/UCB
  • Rechtman Consulting Group
  • Women's Leadership Circles

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