The meta-tools required for successful foresight and futures workshops
are the tools of group process facilitation. At the University of
Houston - Clear Lake, I teach a
graduate seminar in facilitation which reviews both a variety
of group process tools and their use in designing and applying participatory
foresight tools such as those listed below. For those unable to enroll,
the following are useful facilitation resources (some links take you
Infinity as Process:
The following participatory tools are useful in composing foresight
workshops for a wide variety of clients.
and exploring change:
possible futures via extant images and scenarios -- "incasting:"
Incasting -- the generic form of the exercise, as developed
at the Hawaii Research Center for Futures Studies
Incasting -- the exercise as developed for the EPA's Community
Risk Assessment program (Schultz and Jones).
Incasting -- scenarios and instructions used for the North
Eastern Leadership Development Program (Schultz and Bowman).
-- scenarios and instructions developed for the Special Libraries
Association (Schultz and Fletcher).
Health -- scenarios and instructions developed for the National
Public Health Leadership Development Network.
Islands Incasting: Coconut Futures -- scenarios and example
output developed for the Pacific Coastal Zone Management Conference,
1991, for the Center for Development Studies (University of Hawaii
at Manoa), Dr. Michael Hamnett, Director, and the Pacific Basin
images of alternative possible futures, or scenarios:
Hack," Christian Crews, as assignment for FUTR 5131.
Visualizing -- past,
future, and preferred: