Future Search™ is a collective action methodology designed and developed by Sandra Janoff and Marvin Weisboard, co-directors of the Future Search Network—a network comprised of professionally trained facilitators in more than 21 countries. The Future Search methodology has been used successfully by thousands of groups and communities around the world for more than 40 years. It is based on more than six decades of research and experimentation in collective action, as well as in the fields of organization and community development.
The power of the Future Search methodology and process is that it creates an environment where new relationships can be formed, old assumptions can be tested, and new pathways to the future can be planned. There are four principles at its core. First, it requires getting the “entire” system in conversation. Second, issues are framed in a global perspective. Third, there is a passionate pursuit of common ground and desirable future states. Fourth, participants are asked to make commitments to act.
A Future Search requires four half-day sessions over a three-day period of time. The process can and has been used by countries, by communities, and by organizations in the private, public, and civil sectors. We have implemented Future Search sessions for government agencies, for urban communities, and for members of non-governmental organizations. You can read about some of our work here.
To learn more about the Future Search process and concept, download a one-pager written by Sandra and Marvin or read some of the case studies of success stories.