Future Search by Marvin Weisbord and Sandra Janoff
Weisbord and Janoff provide a skillful and caring guide that makes it possible for us all to experience the workings and the wonder of search. They reaffirm our faith in people's capacity to work well together when issues are big and vital.
Future Search Conferences enable us to take down walls that keep us apart. This book explores 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. This approach enables productive work with the "whole system" in the room, even strangers and people with a history of conflict. Future searches bring together people from all levels of an organization or community for two or three days to work an agenda in which participants take ownership of their past, present, and future; confirm their mutual values, invent ideal futures; and commit to action plans grounded in reality.
Future Search is a step-by-step guide, full of principles, techniques, and trade secrets on group dynamics and facilitation methods essential for running successful future search conferences. Using this book, experienced facilitators can teach themselves to plan and run future search conferences. Every reader gets an inside view of the nuts, bolts, and dynamic issues.