Workshop: Future-Ready Congregations
January 9, 2024, 10 am-Noon ET
For the past 55 years, Institute for the Future has been helping organizations and leaders become future ready. As a nonprofit research and educational organization, IFTF’s vision is a world that systematically harnesses long-term thinking to create more equitable, sustainable societies. By the end of this session, participants will have learned three ways to build the foresight capacity of their congregations and communities: 1) scan for signals of change 2) ride two curves 3) headline the future. The goal is to help clergy and lay leaders prepare for the future with agility and grace. If you are a change agent in your organization, seeking kindred spirits who are forward-looking thinkers, this session is for you.
Rachel Hatch ’08 MDiv is the COO at the Institute for the Future, following five years of work in philanthropy, where she was selected for Council on Foundations’ Career Pathways program. While working at a private philanthropic foundation, she led community vitality grantmaking and grant-seeking efforts, engaging in public-private partnerships to garner place-based investments from California’s Strategic Growth Council, Caltrans, Housing and Community Development, and the California Energy Commission, as well as New Markets Tax Credit funding from CDFIs and CDEs. Previously, Rachel served on IFTF’s leadership team and was a research director, working with a wide range of corporate, government, philanthropic, and nonprofit clients. She is the author of Museum 2040: Citizen Artists & the New Economy (American Alliance of Museums), co-author of Hack Your Way to a Better Future (Forbes), and a featured speaker for “Forecasting Four Alternative Futures for California,” hosted by the California Research Bureau. As is fitting, her first research project at IFTF, in 2008, was The Future of Giving, a ten-year forecast about philanthropy. In 2011, she authored a Yale Divinity School Reflections magazine essay, Already-Not Yet: Hopes and Fears for 2021. Rachel serves on the Board of Directors for California Humanities and she holds master’s degrees from Trinity College Dublin and Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, and a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Saint Olaf College.