Resource: Future Search: Facilitation Plan



One of the primary facilitation tools used in the development of both the Delta Fresh Foods Initiative and Somos la Semilla networks is the Future Search model. “Future Search is a large group planning meeting that brings a ‘whole system’ into the room to work on a task-focused agenda. The meeting is based on a simple notion: if we want dramatic new action plans, we need to use structures and processes equal to our aspirations” (Future Search, preface). Working in collaboration with a local host team, WhyHunger adapted this large group action planning model for regional gatherings in the Mississippi Delta and southeastern Arizona. The model has three aspects: meeting design (based on core principles); facilitation; and a global change strategy. For a thorough guide to the model read Weisbord & Janoff’s, Future Search: An Action Guide to Finding Common Ground in Organizations & Communities (Berrett-Koehler Publishers).