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Transformative Scenario Planning Working Together to Change the Future

ISBN-10: 1609944909

ISBN-13: 9781609944902

Edition: 2012

Authors: Adam Kahane, Kees van der Heijden

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Description:

People who are trying to solve tough economic, social, or environmental problems often find themselves frustratingly stuck. They cannot solve their problems in their current context; the larger system within which they are operating is too unstable or unfair or unsustainable. They cannot transform this system on their own, or by working only with their friends or colleagues; the system is too complex to be grasped or shifted by any one person or organization or sector. And other actors whose cooperation would be necessary to transform the system don't understand or agree with or trust one another enough to work together.This book describes a powerful new methodology for dealing with these challenges. Transformative scenario planning is a powerful way for actors from across a whole system to work together to transform that system. It is a way for them to get unstuck and to move forward on solving their tough problems.Transformative scenario planning goes far beyond conventional, adaptive scenario planning, Often people find themselves in systems that are complex, conflictual, not working, and stuck. In such systems, people need a methodology not simply for adapting to the system but also for creating new, better futures. Transformative scenario planning is a way that people can work together with others to transform themselves and their relationships with one another, and thereby to transform their systems. In this simple and practical book, Adam Kahane explains this methodology and how to use it. 
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Book details

Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/1/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 152
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.660
Language: English

Kees van der Heijden is an Associate Fellow of Templeton College, University of Oxford, and a Visiting Professor at the Netherlands Business School, Nijenrode University. He is also Emeritus Professor of the University of Strathclyde Graduate School of Business, Glasgow, where he has taught General and Strategic Management since 1990. In addition, he is a co-founder of the Global Business Network. Before joining Strathclyde, he was in charge of scenario planning at Royal Dutch/Shell, as head of the Group's Business Environment Division. This involved advising top management on strategy, as well as development of the process of scenario planning in which Shell has taken a worldwide leading role. He specializes in scenario planning, strategic change and institutional strategic management processes, and has consulted widely in these areas.

Foreword
Preface
An Invention Born of Necessity
A New Way to Work With the Future
First step: Convene a Team From Across the Whole System
Second step: Observe What Is Happening
Third step: Construct Stories About What Could Happen
Fourth step: Discover What Can and Must Be Done
Fifth step: Act to Transform the System
New Stories Can Generate New Realities
The Inner Game of Social Transformation
Resources: Transformative Scenario Planning Processes
Notes
Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index
About Reos Partners
About the Author