In 2005 the Oxford Futures Forum brought together 70 leading futures practitioners to share their experience of how to use scenarios for organizational success: how to develop deep insight into the drivers of change, and how to turn that insight into effective action. The Forum revealed a vibrant practice that is developing many new approaches to extend scenario approaches to cope with the increasing demands for rapid response to a complex world. Where many management methods attempt to reduce decisions to some standardized process to deliver fixed results in fixed times, scenario thinking is still rooted in making space for the essential magic of original insight to happen.
These contributions, never published before, bring the newest thinking in the field of scenarios to a wider audience. Critical reflection on many case studies drawn from first hand experience has produced an invaluable resource for organizations aiming to achieve leadership in their strategic thinking and action.
PART I. ORIGINS: NAVIGATING WITH INVISIBLE ISLANDS.
Introduction by Bill Sharpe.
1 Conversations with Peter Schwartz and Napier Collyns (Bill Sharpe).
2 Professional Dreamers: The Future in the Past of Scenario Planning (Cynthia Selin).
PART II. SCENARIOS IN THE WORLD OF BUSINESS.
3 Scenarios and Innovation (Jan Verloop).
4 Scenarios to Develop Strategic Options: A New Interactive Role for Scenarios in Strategy (Rafael Ramírez and Kees van der Heijden).
5 Deepening Futures with System Structure (Tony Hodgson and Bill Sharpe).
6 From Signals to Decisions (Alexander Fink, Philip Hadridge and Gill Ringland).
7 When Strangers Meet: Scenarios and the Legal Profession (Karim Medjad and Rafael Ramirez).
8 The Power of Narrative (Lennart Nordfors).
PART III. SCENARIOS IN THE WORLD OF MANAGEMENT.
9 Viewing Futures Network: Collaborative Learning and Innovation at Rabobank (Paul de Ruijter).
10 Facilitating Scenario Development Process: Some Lessons for Facilitators (Ronald Bradfield).
11 Appreciating the Future (Tony Hodgson).
12 Building a Comprehensive Strategic Future Management System: A Future Map Approach (Don Heathfield).
13 Acting on the Future (Andrew Curry).
14 Backwards to the Future: Scenarios as Routines for Organizational Health (James Tansey).