Planning With Foresight

PAS QuickNotes 94

By Petra Hurtado, PhD



This PAS QuickNotes was developed in partnership with the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and is free to all.

The accelerated pace of change and increased uncertainty about the future make it ever more difficult to imagine what is to come. Creating a community vision and planning for it require knowledge about potential drivers of change and a nimble process that allows planners to pivot while the future is approaching.

Foresight (also called strategic foresight) is an approach that aims at making sense of the future, understanding drivers of change that are outside of one's control, and preparing for what may lead to success or failure in the future. Applying foresight in cycles creates agility and enhances one's preparedness for disruption before it happens. In today's quickly changing world, it is important for planners to integrate foresight into their work to make their communities more resilient.

This edition of PAS QuickNotes introduces the concept of foresight to help planners imagine and prepare their communities for the future.


Date Published
July 1, 2021
American Planning Association

About the Author

Petra Hurtado, PhD