Future Search Methodology presented by Briarwood Group Associates

(Usually four or five sessions each lasting 1/2 day for a total of 2 1/2 days)

 Below...is an 8 hour Future Search Network methodology adapted by Briarwood Group Associates.

The 2 and day methodology is recommended. See Future Search Network



8:00 AM Registration and Orientation

9:00 AM, Hour 1, Morning


Focus on the Past:

People make time lines of key events in the world, their own lives, and in the history of the future search topic. Small groups tell stories about each time line and the implications of their

stories for the work they have come to do.


10:00 AM, Hour 2, Morning





Focus on Present, External Trends:

The whole group makes a "mind map" of trends affecting them now and

identifies those trends most important for their topic.


11:00 AM, Hour 3, Morning


Noon, Luncheon, continue to Focus on Present, External Trends

 Trends at lunch.


Focus on Present, External Trends:

Stakeholder groups describe what they are doing now about key trends

and what they want to do in the future.



1:00 PM, Hour 5,  Early Afternoon


Focus on Present

Stakeholder groups report what they are proud of and sorry about in the

way they are dealing with the future search topic.


2:00 PM, Hour 6, 7, Early Afternoon,



Ideal Future Scenarios:

Diverse groups put themselves into the future and describe their preferred

future as if it has already been accomplished.

Identify Common Ground:

Diverse Groups post themes they believe are common ground for everyone.


3:30 PM, Hour 7 & 8, Late Afternoon


Confirm Common Ground
Whole group dialogues to agree on common ground.

Action Planning
Volunteers sign up to implement action plans.


The information above is an adaptation of the Future Search Network methodology and is copyrighted material. 

Contact Briarwood Group Associates if you are interested in the details for facilitation of either the 2 1/2 day Future Search or the one day version.

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