Intervening to Shape a Better Future than Americans Imagine

Associations that want to lead in shaping the future can glean great insights from a 2019 Pew Research survey asking Americans what they imagine their 2050 future will be.

While optimists have a slight edge in the overall findings, survey respondents project many of today’s fears and concerns onto their expected future. This dissatisfaction points to opportunities where associations can lead by offering pathways to a preferred future

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Future Calls Associations to Social Regeneration

Associations, like schools and educators, are an essential part of our civic infrastructure, and have much to gain from a shared outlook on important drivers of change shaping our future.

The 2018 KnowledgeWorks Future of Learning 5.0 Forecast identifies five change drivers associations should have on their radar especially if they are using the ASAE ForesightWorks research to anticipate the future.

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Discerning Visions that Inspire Great Work

Visioning retreats are intense experiences of listening, generative conversation and strategic thinking to discern what the future requires.

Listening deeply during the retreat requires courage, candor and trust. Generative conversations help make sense of the difficult and unresolved issues that define and constrain any preferred future an organization might seek. In visioning, leaders use strategic thinking as they define the strategic opportunities they should pursue and the priorities for their energy and resources.

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