Future Search: An Action Guide to Finding Common Ground in Organizations and Communities

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ReadHowYouWant.com, 2009 - Business & Economics - 428 pages
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When the term ''future search'' appeared in Productive Workplaces (Weisbord, 1987), so many people sparked to it that we decided, after trying fancier names like ''strategic futures conference, '' to retain it. The response to the concept led to Discovering Common Ground (Weisbord et al, 1992), a work that pulled together principles and practices for value-based action planning. The earlier book presented a variety of high participation models and cases, most based on the Emery/Trist Search Conference, including early experiments with future search. In this book we focus on our evolving future search model. Here we go deeply into our sources and rationale, our experiments with tasks and techniques, and examples of how we and many colleagues have employed this model and its variations. We also provide a philosophical rationale for our design and facilitation practices
 

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Contents

The Future Search Meeting Design An Overview of Tasks
3
Future Search In Action Learning from Experience 19 CHAPTER 3 Conditions for Success
48
Road Maps Theory into Practice
69
Developing a Future Search Design
92
Sponsoring a Future Search How To Know When the Time
143
Planning I Getting Started
161
Planning II Finishing the Job
186
Facilitating Future Searches PART IDont Just
209
After the Conference
257
Toward a Global Change Strategy
272
Logistics Conference Sites Room SetUp
279
Sample Workbook
292
A Future Search Design Guide January 2000
311
The Parable of the Blind Men and the Elephant 318 APPENDIX F Some Future Search Sponsors 1980s and 1990s 321 Selected Bibliography
337
Planning a Future Search
344
Living the Future
359

Facilitating Future Searches PART IIRiding the Roller
235

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