Future Search The Network

Timeline of Network Activities

August 1991
Experimental future search learning workshop sponsored by Cape Cod Institute of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine for 96 people. Method is "learnable," but is it "teachable?"

October 1991
Philadelphia Region Organization Development Network initiates pilot "action research" program for local pro bono future searches. 16 facilitators and organizations participate in training to see whether approach leads to actual conferences and community action.

September 1992
First public Future Search Learning Workshop for 72 people demonstrates widespread interest in the method.

Fall, 1992
Discovering Common Ground (published by Berrett-Koehler), documents theory base and case studies world-wide. Royalties support plans for new Network.

January 1993
Philadelphia region community leaders invited to have "professional consultants work with you on a future search at little or no cost--an invaluable opportunity to improve your strategic planning, create more commitment to your mission, and build links with your own network." 20 organizations take up the offer, confirming need and viability of this form of public service.

July 1993
SearchNet started by Marv Weisbord and Sandra Janoff as a pro-bono, non-profit program of Resources for Human Development, Inc., a Philadelphia-based community agency. Mailing to 400 colleagues yields 120 founding members eager to learn and serve together.

October, 1993
Newsletter SearchNEWS by and for members begins publication edited by Mary Ann Williams.

February 1994
First local review meeting held in Philadelphia for a dozen non-profits. Results indicate feasibility of offering local program start-up training model in other cities.

Local Network future search start-up workshops held in Washington, DC, Northern New Jersey, Philadelphia, Toronto, Ottawa, New York, Seattle, Colorado, Orange County, CA, with volunteer facilitators and future search sponsors learning together.

June, 1995
Future Search: An Action Guide to Finding Common Ground (published by Berrett-Koehler), makes methodology available to all. Many Network member cases included.

March 1997
Future Search Associates started by experienced members to offer for-pay services, helping to finance pro bono service projects world wide.

January 1999
SearchNet renamed Future Search Network to avoid confusion with internet and employment searching. Newsletter renamed FutureSearching, edited by Larry Porter since 1995.

March 1999
Future Search Alliance replaces FSAssociates as an international funding arm of the Network.

January 2000
2nd edition of Future Search: An Action Guide to Finding Common Ground (published by Berrett-Koehler), includes new cases and practice tips from many Network members.

February 2000
First "Facilitating the Whole System in the Room" workshop held in Bryn Mawr, PA, presents a philosophy and theory for managing yourself as you manage large, diverse task groups--in future search and other meetings.

Public Future Search Learning Workshops held in Australia, Austria, England, Germany, India, Kenya, Northern Ireland, Singapore, Sweden, and the United States.

First foundation grants secured from Roe Walker/Robert E. Pogue Charitable Trust and the Phoebe W. Haas Charitable Trust to build service mission through web site development.

January 2001
Members on five continents running future searches on vital topics within and between diverse cultures.

June 2001
42nd Future Search Learning Workshop brings to more than 2,600 the number of people world-wide trained in the method.

July, 2001
Regional Planning in Indonesia, - UNICEF sponsored project to develop district-level future search capacity. Network team trained 40 facilitators in Jakarta and then went to Java, Sulewesi and Irian Jaya to support local future searches and mentor newly trained facilitators.






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