Consider the Future With Scenario Tools

Saturday, April 2, 2016 | 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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Part and parcel of a planner’s job is to help communities think about their desired future, as well as design plans, policies, programs, and projects to help realize that vision. What are the theoretical and practical underpinnings of the way we pose future choices? Since we can’t tell the future, what are the productive ways to get people to think of the future in order to inform present action? How might scenario planning help us pick actions that perform well over a range of possible futures? How is computer technology helping to assess and visualize possible outcomes? How can technology assist in engaging a wide variety of voices in these processes? What places and projects created exemplary comprehensive and strategic plans for the future?

You’ll learn about:

  • How scenario planning can acknowledge the inherent uncertainty of the future
  • What technologies are used in scenario planning
  • Case studies from communities that have put these elements together successfully


Kenneth Snyder , PlaceMatters , Denver , CO (see bio)
Anne Kuechenmiester , Denver , CO (see bio)
Ray Quay , FAICP , Arizona State University , Tempe , AZ
Arnab Chakraborty , AICP , Univ of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign , Champaign , IL (see bio)