Method

Methods | #gutlebendigital

#gutlebendigital uses proven methods from futures research and organizational development to reveal and connect the collective intelligence of the participants: Appreciative Inquiry, Future Search, Futures Literacy Labs, but also studies and lectures.

Appreciative inquiry: The method developed by David Cooperrider and Diana Whitney focuses attention on existing strengths and positive potentials. The first step is to find out what worked particularly well and when. Then a desirable future is described without restrictions. Concrete goals are derived from this general vision in the fourth phase. And finally, decisions are taken on who will do what to achieve these goals.

Future Search: The method of Future Search, which Marvin Weisbord and Sandra Janoff have developed, follows a strict plan that proves to be effective time and again. Here, several interest groups (stakeholders) are working on a question that is relevant to all of them. It begins with a look into the past to explore differences and commonalities. Then the major trends of the present and their effects on the core question are analysed. This is followed by the development of a shared vision of an ideal future. It concludes with concrete measures for each interest group.

Futures Literacy Labs are used worldwide by Riel Miller, the head of futures literacy at UNESCO. Here it is a matter of first making expectations, forecasts, and assumptions about the future visible (Reveal) and then mirroring one's own assumptions within another possible future (Reframe). Finally, new, deeper questions are developed and the own view of the future is questioned (Rethink). The Director of the Center for Societal Progress has collaborated on the book "Transforming the Future: Anticipation in the 21st Century", published by Routledge in April 2018.

Further methods are presented on the site of the Center for Societal Progress in German)

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