Futures Group

The Futures Group is a collaborative, transdisciplinary working group of subject matter experts that uses exploratory scenario planning to understand how various forces (social, technological, environmental, economic, or political) are shaping the region and identify ways to better respond to or benefit from those forces. In 2019, the Futures Working Group will update the Future Forces, following the Global Business Network scenario planning framework:

  1. Define research statement
  2. Brainstorm future forces
  3. Identify and research knowledge gaps
  4. Condense brainstormed forces based on probability and relevance to research statement
  5. Vote on impact and uncertainty for remaining forces
  6. Use impact-uncertainty vote to form axes of uncertainty
  7. Use axes of uncertainty to form scenarios
  8. Discuss scenario implications
  9. Model and develop scenario narratives
  10. Discuss scenario recommendations
  11. Review draft report
  12. Publish final report and communicate key findings

Meetings

2019 MAR Agenda Minutes/Highlights Presentations/Materials
FEB Agenda Minutes/Highlights Presentations/Materials
2018 DEC Agenda Minutes/Highlights Presentations/Materials
OCT Agenda Minutes/Highlights Presentations/Materials
JULY Agenda Minutes/Highlights Presentations/Materials
MAY Agenda Presentations/Materials
2017 MAY Agenda Minutes/Highlights Presentations/Materials
JAN Agenda Presentations/Materials
2016 SEP Agenda Presentations/Materials
MAY Agenda Presentations/Materials
2015 SEP Minutes/Highlights Presentations/Materials
2014 DEC Minutes/Highlights Presentations/Materials
OCT Agenda Minutes/Highlights Presentations/Materials
SEP Agenda Minutes/Highlights Presentations/Materials

The Futures Group has helped DVRPC complete two scenario planning exercises: Greater Philadelphia Future Forces (Main Version, Technical Version) and Networking Transportation. Dialogue within the Futures Group benefits both DVRPC and the group’s participants who are able to take what they learn back to their organizations. In between scenario planning efforts, the group meets a few times each year to discuss emerging trends.