Transformative Scenarios Process: A course in mapping and changing the future
Join us in Geneva on November 22nd & 23rd 2019 for a 2-day course on the Transformative Scenarios Process (English with accommodation for French Speakers)
Transformative Scenarios Processes are about creating the future.
Where most methods for scenario planning primarily focus on adapting to the future, transformative scenarios seek not only to understand and adapt, but also to shape and influence the future.
The structured yet creative process helps diverse actors to see the different futures that are possible and discover what they can and must do. Transformative scenarios help both participants and a broader audience to better understand what might happen through narratives of how the future may unfold – and how this unfolding future can be influenced.
For those involved in their creation, transformative scenarios offer a way to unblock situations that are polarized or stuck. The facilitated process combines imagination and rigor. It can become a game changer when a diverse set of people faces a complex challenge that is vital to them but that they have not been willing or able to work on together, perhaps because they disagree on the very nature of the problem. The process enables them to construct shared understandings, stronger relationships, and clearer intentions, thereby creating the potential for action that will shape a better future.
The approach, described in the book Transformative Scenario Planning written by Adam Kahane of Reos Partners, was born 25 years ago and has been applied and adapted many times since then, from post-apartheid South-Africa to conflict-ridden Colombia. Reos Partners has in recent years conducted a wide variety of such processes, including in the fields of drug policy, democracy, the environment, development, justice, education, land reform, and food security, at national, regional, and hemispheric levels.