Future Workshops as a tool for generating vision/buy-in
14 Jun 2004 - 10:55am
10 years ago
Has anyone on this list come across Future Workshops before?
I'm trying to get the university I work in to look more holistically at it's
IT and electronic learning and teaching provision. As universities tend to
be fragmentary organisations I thought that a participatory technique
might be more successful as it would bring people together to see a
whole-university view rather than that of individual units. In the
Participatory Design literature that I read Future Workshops seemed to come
up quite often. They consist of three phases:
* The critique phase: draws out specific issues
about work practice
* The fantasy phase: explores 'what if' scenarios
and visions of the future
* The implementation phase: looks at how realistic changes
can be made
I'd be keen to hear from anyone who's actually run a Future Workshop: how
successful was it? Do you have any tips to help them run smoothly etc.
Also what other techniques have people used successfully to produce a vision
or to help generate consensus or buy-in?
 Junk, R and Mullert, N (1987) _Future Workshops: How to create desirable
futures_ Institute for Social Inventions
 Goffee, R and Jones, G (1996) What holds the modern company together?
_Harvard Business Review_, November-December, pp. 133-148
Nick Meara E-learning Experience Co-ordinator
ICT-IDSG, Aston University, Birmingham