Method

Methods | #gutlebendigital

#gutlebendigital applies proven methods from futures research and organizational development to reveal and connect the participants’ collective intelligence: Appreciative Inquiry, Future Search, Futures Literacy Labs, but also reports and presentations.

Appreciative inquiry: The method developed by David Cooperrider and Diana Whitney focuses 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, leaving aside potential restrictions. Concrete goals are derived from this general vision in the third phase. Finally, decisions are taken on who will do what towards achieving these goals.

Future Search: The method of Future Search, developed by Marvin Weisbord and Sandra Janoff, follows a strict plan that proves to be effective time and again. Here, several interest groups (stakeholders) work on a question relevant to all of them. It begins with a look at 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. The Future Search concludes with concrete measures for each interest group.

Futures Literacy Labs are used worldwide by Riel Miller, the head of futures literacy at UNESCO. Using this approach, participants first make visible their expectations, forecasts, and assumptions about the future (Reveal) and then mirror their own assumptions with an alternative 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 collaborated on the book “Transforming the Future: Anticipation in the 21st Century”, published by Routledge in April 2018.

Further methods are presented on the website of the Center for Societal Progress in German.

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