January 1, 1995
Future Search explores a highly successful new way for enabling diverse people with a stake in an organization or community to plan their own future. This event brings a “whole system” into the room to explore participants’ past, present, and desired future as a back-drop to action planning.
In a future search, people seek common ground rather than resolve conflicts; focus on the future rather than solvable problems; generate broad commitment to a common goal; identify creative strategies; and take responsibility for action.
This practical guide offers principles, techniques, and examples for running successful future search conferences.
Marvin R. Weisbord is an internationally-known organizational consultant. Is the author of Productive Workplaces and Discovering Common Ground. Sandra Janoff, Ph.D., is a psychologist and consultant. She has designed and facilitated whole-systems processes in the public and private sectors. Together they plan and lead future search conferences, coach facilitators, and offer public workshops. In 1993 they founded SearchNet, a non-profit dedicated to community service, learning, and colleagueship among practitioners. There are also partners in a consulting consortium, Future Search Associates.