Planning with Foresight
Friday, November 4, 2016
3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. CDT
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What's the difference between strategic foresight and strategic planning? Strategic planning is based on what's worked in the past. Strategic foresight is based on where your community is headed in the future. Strategic foresight takes a cold, hard look at the trends in technology, society, the economy, the environment, and politics. Currently the way most organizations plan emphasizes the past, and pursues change incrementally.
Even though comp plans are about the future, the approach is based on a paradigm of Strategic Planning. Strategic Planning is good for taking everything we did last year and do it better-faster-cheaper the next year. The future oriented comp plan needs a better paradigm. To help communities imagine a bolder future, a community where, a generation from now, their kids and grandkids will be proud to call "home", requires a change in the process. We will discuss our experience using Strategic
Foresight in the planning process.
Michael McAnelly, firstname.lastname@example.org