Future Workshop

The future workshop is a tool with which problems are identified and solutions developed in moderated group discussions using creative techniques. The tool is used to gain external (technical) knowledge and including affected interests. Through the moderated discussions and the use of creative techniques, future workshops should assist in identifying problems not yet known and working out approaches to solutions not yet thought of. Participants can be stakeholders as well as external experts. The future workshop is well-suited for preparing fundamental strategic decisions. The process of a future workshop is typically divided into three phases:

In the criticism phase the problems are first clearly named.

In the vision phase, a future ideal state is described that should be outlined irrespective of obstacles and limitations (applicable norms, lack of resources, etc).

In the implementation phase the visionary ideas are tested for their realizability, prioritized and, if applicable, further developed into concrete measures.