Transformative Scenario Planning: Working Together to Change the Future

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Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2012 - Business & Economics - 126 pages
The first book to describe a powerful new methodology for making progress on seemingly intractable societal challenges; Written by the originator of this methodology, this is a concise and concrete handbook for applying it in any applicable situation; Features vivid and often extraordinary examples from around the world of this methodology in action. People who are trying to solve tough economic, social, or environmental problems often find themselves frustratingly stuck. They cannot solve their problems in their current context; the larger system within which they are operating is too unstable or unfair or unsustainable. They cannot transform this system on their own or by working only with their friends or colleagues; the system is too complex to be grasped or shifted by any one person or organization or sector. And the actors whose cooperation would be necessary to transform the system don't understand or agree with or trust each other enough to work together. This book describes a powerful new methodology for dealing with this increasingly common set of challenges. Transformative Scenario Planning is a creative and constructive way for actors from across a whole system to work together to transform that system. It is a way for them to get unstuck and to move forward on solving their tough problems. Transformative Scenario Planning takes the well-established methodology of adaptive scenario planning--rigorously constructing a set of stories of alternative possible futures--and turns it on its head. It uses scenarios not only to understand and adapt to the future but also to challenge and change it. It offers a way for us to transform ourselves and our relationships with one another and thereby to transform the systems of which we are part.--
 

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Contents

AN INVENTION BORN OF NECESSITY
1
A NEW WAY TO WORK WITH THE FUTURE
15
FIRST STEP Convene a Team From Across the Whole System
27
SECOND STEP Observe What Is Happening
37
THIRD STEP Construct Stories About What Could Happen
51
FOURTH STEP Discover What Can and Must Be Done
61
FIFTH STEP Act to Transform the System
69
NEW STORIES CAN GENERATE NEW REALITIES
79
Transformative Scenario Planning Processes
97
Notes
99
Bibliography
107
Acknowledgments
111
Index
113
About Reos Partners
123
About the Author
125
Copyright

THE INNER GAME OF SOCIAL TRANSFORMATION
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Adam Kahane had pioneered the development and use of transformative scenario planning throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Australia. He is a partner in the Cambridge, Massachusetts, office of Reos Partners and an associate fellow at the Sad Business School of the University of Oxford.

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