Future Search: An Action Guide to Finding Common Ground in Organizations and Communities
Weisbord, Marvin; Janoff, Sandra


Future Search explores a promising way for enabling diverse groups of people with a stake in an organisation or community to plan their own future. This event brings a 'whole system' into the room to explore participants' past, present, and desired future a a back-drop to action planning. In a future search, people seek common ground rather than resolve conflicts; focus on the future rather than solve old problems; generate broad commitment to a common goal; identify creative strategies; and take responsibility for action. This practical guide offers principles, techniques, and examples for running successful future search conferences. Special emphasis is placed on the underlying philosophy and theory, showing how these translate into simple, effective actions that most people can easily learn.


  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers
  • Publication Date: 2000
  • Publication Place: San Francisco, USA
  • Shelfmark: SP03.4.29