Future Vision

Future Vision shows up in the Essential Explorations Method as well. It is an incredibly important step in the whole process. Future Vision is a combination of Visioning and Futuring. Although both Visioning and Futuring deal with the future, they each approach it from different directions and angles, and it is important to work on both concurrently. Thus, Future Vision combines both Visioning and Futuring to create a Vision for the future, one that is grounded in reality and still reaches for ideals.

Visioning

Visioning is an inside-out process, where you create a Vision for the future based on insights derived from exploring your values, relevant history, and culture. A Vision that does not take into account your values, history, and culture is unlikely to succeed.

Futuring

Futuring is an outside-in process, where you create a Vision for the future based on awareness derived from exploring your industry, community, and/or environmental context. A Vision without context is not grounded fully in reality and may suffer from unexpected setbacks.

Why do we do both concurrently?

This process of Visioning and Futuring is not nearly as linear as it sounds because the Vision would not come together as a cohesive whole if Visioning and Futuring were done separately in vacuums. If you get too carried away with Visioning and do not take into account the context, your Vision will live outside of reality and may not be feasible. If you get too carried away with Futuring and do not take into account your values, needs, and resources, your Vision will lack passion and become a demotivating force rather than a motivating force.

Thus, a back-and-forth process occurs, utilizing multiple vantage points to create a Vision that is both feasible and inspirational, balancing realism and idealism.

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