The disruptions of the past year, from the COVID-19 pandemic to widespread racial protests, have reminded us just how uncertain the world really is. If we plan our future based on one set of predictions, or one set of assumptions, we are likely to be surprised, if not overwhelmed. However, if we view the future through the lens of alternative scenarios, we are more likely to be ready for what’s ahead – and to find the unexpected opportunities awaiting us amid the chaos.
In this 90-min online workshop, nationally recognized futurist Eric Meade will discuss how organizations can use scenarios to think through the alternative futures in which they may find themselves, and to walk through how they might respond. Scenarios offer a powerful tool for exploring how multiple strands of uncertainty may weave themselves together to produce a range of outcomes. They also strengthen an organization’s ability to respond effectively to whatever unfolds as we move beyond the pandemic.
Through this workshop, participants will:
- Get a leading futurist’s perspective on the pandemic and its longer term implications for the future;
- Learn a model for constructing scenarios to push their own organization’s thinking about the future; and
- Develop some initial thinking on the future of human services in Colorado.
Eric Meade is a nationally recognized futurist, facilitator, and consultant serving foundations, nonprofits, and governments. His clients have included the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Oxfam America, the VA Office of Rural Health, the Colorado Community Health Network, and many more. He is the principal at the Whole Mind Strategy Group and the award-winning author of Reframing Poverty: New Thinking and Feeling About Humanity’s Greatest Challenge and Whole Mind Facilitation: How to Lead Workshops That Change People, Organizations, and the World. He also teaches in American University's School of International Service. For more about Eric, visit www.ericmeade.com.