Part 1- The Big Picture: An Introduction to Scenario Planning

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Scenario planning is a process of strategic visioning, an analysis of alternative virtual futures to help us make wise decisions in the face of uncertainty. We don’t know the future, but scenarios processes enable planning flexible paths forward in uncertain circumstances. Scenarios planning is not forecasting or predicting. Rather, it is a strategy to preserve the best options to get to where a community wants to go. Visioning through scenarios planning helps us, in the midst of change, to preserve what we love and to improve our communities.

Scenario planning helps the public and today’s decision makers understand the long-term consequences of the choices they make now. Exploring alternative future scenarios helps us to make the right decisions now to make our communities better. We use scenarios planning processes to ensure options and a desirable future for those who come after us.

*Webinar originally broadcast February 2012