To ensure health safety, a face-to-face Future Search Training will not be offered until 2022. 

Managing a Future Search – A Leadership Workshop

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More than 5,000 people have attended this workshop since 1991. They have come from Africa, Asia, Australia, Canada, the Caribbean, Europe, India, South America and the United States. People from every sector, public and private, have gone on to stimulate positive social, technological and economic cooperation around the globe. The workshop goal is to give participants the tools, insights and support to manage successful Future Searches.

Continuing Education (CE) credits are available for this workshop. 

DATE and LOCATION: TBD in Philadelphia, PA USA

AGENDA: Workshop agenda includes:

  • Theory, history and dynamics of Future Search.
  • Conditions for success.
  • Conference planning and implementation.
  • Output and follow-up.
  • Facilitation skills and techniques.
  • World-wide applications and strategies.

Workshop participants will learn:

  • How to manage a meeting in which the target of change is a whole system’s capability for action now and in the future. 
  • Key issues in matching conference task and stakeholders. 
  • A theory and practice of facilitating large, diverse groups. 
  • How to keep critical choices in the hands of participants. 
  • How freeing yourself from diagnosing and fixing enables diverse groups to come together faster. 
  • Basic principles and techniques that can be used to design many other meetings.

The workshop is built around a simulated Future Search, planned by the participants as part of the learning design. The whole group then has a basis for a shared experience with the techniques for building community, developing a mutual world view, creating desired futures, finding common ground, expanding the range of choices, and moving into action. Included are interactive sessions on theory, history, planning, facilitation and follow-up.

TUITION: SAVE up to $700! Register EARLY for discounts!  The tuition fee of $1,690.00 includes workshop materials, a copy of the book, “Future Search: Getting the Whole System in the Room for Vision, Commitment and Action“, lunch and breaks. 

Workshop Training at Reduced Fees: If you are planning a Future Search in your community, want training in the methods and cannot afford workshop costs, you may qualify for reduced tuition if you work full-time for a 501-(C)3 non-profit or a public agency.

Broad Applications Future Search can be used to:

Create a shared vision and practical action plans among diverse parties. Devise a plan and gain commitment to implement a vision or strategy that already exists. Initiate rapid action on complex issues where no coordinating structure or shared vision exists

People have applied Future Search in every sector in many cultures. Examples include affordable housing in Santa Cruz, CA, economic development among the Inuit people of North America, AIDS in Bangladesh, more effective business planning in Brazil, business mergers in Germany, sustainable communities in England, strengthening democratic practices in South Africa, regional planning in Indonesia, and education reform across the United States. Future Search Network has hundreds of examples worldwide.

Four key principles underlie the Future Search design:

  • Getting the “whole system” in the room.
  • Exploring the same global context (“whole elephant”) as a backdrop for local action.
  • Focusing on the future and common ground rather than conflicts and problems.
  • Inviting self-management and personal responsibility for action during and after the conference.

These principles, rather than any techniques, account for the widespread success of Future Search. You will learn in depth how they function to help people make better communities and organizations. You also will learn techniques that, taken together, put these principles into action, including self-organizing action groups and the critical interplay between small group tasks and whole conference dialogue.

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