Capacity Building Webinars

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

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 

Part 2- From Grassroots to Grasstops: Values Driven Planning, Issue Identification, and Partnership Building for Scenario Planning

A scenario planning process should lead to a vision or plan that satisfies the values, hopes, and dreams of citizens. Scenario planning includes identifying and understanding community values to find common ground, frame issues, communicate choices, and build consensus. Scenarios planning processes include stakeholders to build productive, long-term partnerships that will generate broad-based support from the grassroots to the grasstops.

This webinar features a presentation from Robert Grow, Envision Utah’s Founding Chair, and President and CEO, and you will also get the opportunity to hear Omaha-Council Bluffs Metropolitan Area Planning Agency (MAPA) share stories and experiences they've had throughout their project, Heartland 2050.
We hope you will join this inspiring and practical webinar!

*Webinar originally broadcast March 2013

Part 3- Off the Starting Block: Data Gathering, Assessment, and Scenario Modeling Tools

How do you translate values, issues and challenges into numbers? Or pictures? This webinar discusses the intricacies of data gathering, mapping, visualizations and other techniques used to develop a compelling baseline scenario. This webinar outlines and details the first phase of using technical tools to create a Baseline scenario. You will also get the opportunity to hear from the Capital Area Council of Governments and learn how they have been using ET with their Sustainable Places Project. We hope you’ll join us!

*Webinar originally broadcast April 2013 

Part 4- We the People: Community Engagement and Workshops for Scenario Planning

Learn how community engagement and workshop processes can enable the development of scenarios that directly capture the ideas of the public and measure what matters to your community. This webinar walks through proactive community engagement strategies, including a specific look at how to prepare for, conduct, and work from community workshops in a scenarios planning process. We hope you'll join us!

*Webinar originally broadcast April 2012 

Part 5-Nuts and Bolts: Technical Analysis, Scenario Development, and Land Use Modeling Tools

The previous webinars explored how to set up a great process, identify issues and values, develop a baseline scenario, and maximize community engagement. This webinar explores the technical side of scenario development. Review the process of moving from public engagement to the development of themes that are considered in alternative scenarios. We also look at how to use land use modeling tools to create your scenarios. This webinar features detailed use of Envision Tomorrow + (ET+) to illustrate scenario development from a technical modeling standpoint.

*Webinar originally broadcast May 2013

Part 6-Ready! Fire! Aim! Implementation: Developing a Vision, and Implementation Framework from a Scenario Process

Explore how regions and communities, both rural and urban, can move from a visioning process to vision implementation. Examine how vision implementation frameworks can and should include implementers working across private, public, and community sectors to realize common goals. Hear directly from key implementers on local and regional projects to see how the actions of individuals and groups working with a common vision create real change.

*Webinar originally broadcast June 2013