Future Change Framework: Strategic Direction for a Post-Pandemic World

Saturday, April 24, 2021 • 10a-1p ET / 9a-12p CT

How can we use the recovery from Covid-19 to create real, lasting change? Our congregations have seen dramatic change during the pandemic—but the status quo is often resistant to lasting transformations. The Future Change Framework from the Royal Society for the Arts (RSA) is a way to think about how we respond to crisis and how that can drive positive change. Using the framework helps us to think through what we’ve stopped, what we’ve paused, what we’ve put in place temporarily, and how we’ve innovated. Reflecting on these areas helps us see what’s most valuable for an unknown, ever-changing future and clarify our strategic direction so that we stay relevant.

Ian Burbidge, Associate Director of the RSA Lab

On April 24, MidAmerica Region will be offering a 3-hour workshop with Ian Burbidge, Associate Director of the RSA Lab, and developer of the Future Change Framework. Ian will work collaboratively with participants to surface challenges and opportunities they are experiencing/exploring via the RSA’s Future Change Framework. We’ll explore:

  1. What we know about crisis and change.
  2. What participants have learned from the pandemic to date. This comprises of a scanning exercise to spot changes—the actions and activities that people are taking, the events that are happening, the trends that are emerging—and a mapping exercise to place these insights onto the framework.
  3. Looking ahead to a changing context and hopes and opportunities for the future.

The Future Change Framework Workshop is for any congregational leader, lay or ordained, interested in exploring the challenges and opportunities presented to us as we move into a post-pandemic world. Congregational teams are especially welcome!

When: Saturday, April 24, 2021, 10 am to 1 pm Eastern / 9 am to noon Central

Cost: $20 per person (sliding scale).

Register now!

Learn more about the RSA on their website. For more information about the Future Change Framework, check out these blog posts from Ian Burbidge: “How to create real, lasting change after Covid-19" and "Fighting the anti-risk instinct."