In order to fill the workshop, "Managing a Future
Search," we are offering special discounts through this Monday, March 7.
In this workshop, Marv Weisbord and
Sandra Janoff, originators of future search, you will provide you with
the skills necessary to facilitate this whole systems, large group
Time and Place: April 10-13, 2005, San Rafael. California
To inquire about a discount, please contact Sally Theilacker at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-951-6333,
or, click here to register at standard rates.
Complete Workshop Description
The future search conference is a proven and carefully structured
process used around the world, in which community stakeholders discover
common ground and begin new cooperative actions toward their ideal
future. The results, within and between diverse cultures, have been
remarkable and long-lived! In each case workers and citizens, meeting
as peers, collaborate with experts and local officials to create
effective action together. The group discovers that their deepest
aspirations can be their common ground, and new cooperative action
You will learn how to facilitate a future search, as you participate in
a 3 day simulated future search conference with the originators -
Marvin Weisbord and Sandra Janoff. Register soon! The next workshop
dates are March 29 - April 1, 2005 near Philadelphia, PA/USA and April
10-13 in San Rafael, CA/USA. The workshop materials will include your
copy of the book, Future Search - An Action Guide to Finding Common
Ground in Organizations and Communities.
Join Acclaimed Workshop Leaders Sandra Janoff & Marvin Weisbord
Marvin Weisbord and Sandra Janoff, Ph.D. are the authors of FUTURE
SEARCH: An Action Guide to Finding Common Ground in Organizations and
Communities. Together they have nearly 60 years of professional group
leadership experience. Marvin and Sandra are co-directors of Future
Search Network, a non-profit voluntary association of 500 practitioners
worldwide dedicated to learning, colleagueship, and community service.
Sandra Janoff, psychologist, consults to businesses and nonprofits and
runs workshops on systems- oriented group dynamics around the world.
Marvin Weisbord, internationally known consultant, is the author of
several books, and his classic Productive Workplaces was recently voted
among the "Top 5 Organization Development Books of the Past 50 Years"
by the international Organization Network. Marvin also received the
"Lifetime Achievement Award" in 2004 from the OD Network.
Marvin and Sandra have facilitated dozens of future searches across the
world, for the Federal Aviation Administration, UNICEF, the IKEA,
CIGNA, AT&T, and WHOLE FOODS corporations, and the US Federal
Reserve, as well as foundations, school systems, communities, prison
systems, and health care systems.
A Different Way to Create Change, Faster, Shorter, Cheaper
Future search enables a system to transform its capability for change
very quickly. The meeting design brings together 60-70 invited
participants who have a stake in the future of an organization or
community. Together, they explore their past, present, and desired
future. Only after agreeing on common ground do they make concrete
action plans. A community is built, based on a motivating goal and a
new shared experience of "the whole elephant." New forms of cooperation
are devised that persist for months or years.
"This training has enabled me to help diverse groups get to common
ground and positive actions really quickly and effectively, with
lasting positive change outcomes. I truly believe that future search
work will go down in history as a major intervention that has
influenced millions of people for countless positive situations."
-Ken Bratz, CEO, Leadership Resource and Counseling
Transcend Conflicts, Apply In Any Culture: The method is culture-free
The future search meeting design has been widely applied in
cultures on many continents. Future search relies on elements that
transcend conflict, culture differences, and language barriers.
Consistent positive results are seen in a great diversity of situations.
Outcomes from future search include: the creation of affordable housing
in Santa Cruz, CA; welfare reform in Ramsey County, MN; sustainable
communities in England; media cooperation in Sweden; strengthening
democratic practices in South Africa; economic development among the
Unuit peoples; a new distribution network for an international
corporation; and educational reform across the US. See FSN's database
for hundreds more examples worldwide.
Scholarships and group discounts may be available for future search
trainees. Future Search Network also provides facilitators and
consultation to groups, if requested. Contact us at (800) 951-6333 or
via the email address shown at left.