9 Reasons to Attend Our Common Future

Our Common Future is not a “conference” where you passively sit and listen.

Our Common Future is an experience. It’s about energy, action, and collaboration. It’s about bringing your very best self and engaging with the best of others. It’s about sharing and exploring exciting ideas. It’s about not just talking about the community, but being a part of it. It’s about unlocking your imagination, and harnessing the power, creativity, and inspiration of every changemaker in the charitable sector who does good – to do it better.

If you haven’t already registered, here are 9 reasons to register now so you can experience Our Common Future in Detroit this October 25-27.

1. Your ideas will matter a whole lot more than your position here.

Our Common Future is specifically designed to be a level meeting ground for changemakers of all kinds. You’ll exchange ideas with influential funders, collaborate with thought leaders, and learn with colleagues from organizations you don’t even know exist yet!

2. You’ll meet a few (hundred) interesting people.

You’ll meet a few (hundred) interesting people. We’re expecting more than 1,500 changemakers, each with a valuable perspective about building a better tomorrow. We’ve infused OCF with creative opportunities to really get to know each other. Come with business cards – but be prepared to leave with new relationships that will last throughout your career.

3. You’ll be taken in for dinner.

Some of the most important conversations happen over meals. You’re invited to step out of the hotel and into the community for an intimate dinner conversation about the inner values that ground your work in the world and the role they might play in strengthening our democracy. Don’t wait to reserve your seat though – these dinners have very limited space.

4. Detroit does things differently.

When the situation looked most dire, Detroiters rolled up their sleeves and innovated their way back towards prosperity. You’ll hear stories that couldn’t be told in any other city – and you’ll be inspired when you meet the changemakers telling them.

5. Take a deep dive into Detroit’s nonprofit community.

If you’re curious about how Detroit’s nonprofit community is tackling the city’s unique challenges, then be sure to (quickly) reserve a spot for Detroit Inside and Out. This limited-space set of tours will take you into communities throughout the Detroit area to see how social change work is happening on the ground.

6. Expand your imagination at one of America’s greatest museums of innovation.

What better way to kick off an event dedicated to the future than by celebrating the legacy of man who helped create it? Our opening night reception will be at The Henry Ford, one of American’s most impressive museums. This will be an evening that you won’t soon forget!

7. We’re launching a sector-defining initiative in Detroit. Literally.

What is the definitive narrative that we want to tell our fellow Americans – and the rest of the world – about the charitable sector? At OCF, we’ll kick off a massive, multi-year project to write that story. We hope you’ll help us shape it.

8. You’ll get the biggest bang for the fewest bucks.

OCF is a powerful opportunity for both your mission and your mind – and we’ve worked to keep prices historically low so that you can be there. This year’s experience is 40% less expensive than previous IS conferences.

9. The program is custom built for you.

The tagline for Our Common Future is “Building tomorrow, together.” So that’s what we did. IS is partnering with Michigan Nonprofit Association and Council of Michigan Foundations to bring local, regional, state, and national perspectives together. We’ve crowdsourced sessions and speakers from across the entire sector.

Learn more and register at CommonFuture2017.org.

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