What is Future Search?
Future Search is a planning meeting that enables a system to transform its capability for action very quickly. The meeting is task-focused. It brings together 60 to 80 people in one room or hundreds in parallel rooms.
Future search brings people from all walks of life into the same conversation - those with resources, expertise, formal authority and need. They meet for 16 hours spread across three days. People tell stories about their past, present and desired future. Through dialogue they discover their Common Ground. Only then do they make concrete action plans.
The meeting design comes from theories and principles tested in many cultures for the past 50 years. It relies on mutual learning among stakeholders as a catalyst for voluntary action and follow-up. People devise new forms of cooperation that continue for months or years.
Future searches have been run in every part of the world and sector of society.
Core principles of Future Search
Conditions for Success
Future Search Applications
Stories from Around the World
Future search is used on every continent and in many different cultures. Neutral concepts like past, present, future, Common Ground and action provide a big empty vessel into which people, regardless of culture, pour their many realities.
You will find many stories on Future Search Network's website:
Applications in Sectors
Future searches affect every part of society - social, economic and technical. Future Search Network is an active participant in the following sectors and we have provided brief descriptions of our successes in each.
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