January 1, 1992
This book introduces a highly successful new way for organizations and communities of all types to apply global thinking and democratic values to achieve rapid whole systems improvement. In this approach – called “future searches,” “search conferences,” or simply “searches” – people with diverse interests come together to create a shared vision, innovation and collaborative action exceeding what they thought possible.
This is the first comprehensive and practical guide to the functioning, uses and keys to success of future search conferences. It shows how business, government and non–profit organizations and interest groups worldwide are successfully using future search conferences for strategic planning, consensus building, empowerment and other purposes. And it explains how to make conferences work, provides detailed case examples of actual conferences and describes the methods for conducting effective conferences.
Marvin R. Wisebord, an entrepreneur and author, worked as a consultant to business, education, government, medical, non-profit and voluntary organizations in North America and Scandinavia from 1969 to 1991, and was a partner in the firm Block Petrella Weisbord. In 1991, with Sandra Janoff, he started SearchNet, a non-profit program to help people apply the consensus-building ideas embodied in Discovering Common Ground. He and Janoff also co-authored Future Search: An Action Guide to Finding Common Ground in Organizations and Communities.