A Strategic Conversation: How to Engage Staff in Scanning and Scenario Building

This paper presents an historical account and some lessons learned in applying a novel approach to horizon scanning and scenario building in a government organizational context in Canada. The methods applied have a direct connection to the first implementation of Singapore’s Risk Assessment and Horizon Scanning project. This paper, with its presented project, demonstrates an approach to engaging large and diverse employee groups in thinking strategically about the future. It also describes the use of tools and methodology that capture high volumes of fragmented data in order to rapidly scan for patterns of meaning. The indirect message is one of coming to terms with not only accepting the uncertainty of complex and highly dynamic and evolving situations, but also learning to think differently and to approach scanning in a way that challenges past practices and assumptions.

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