Change has always been a fact of life. What is different today is the speed and magnitude of change. Major changes are occurring in various forms of our life, including economy, demography, technology, social values, and lifestyles. These changes present new challenges to both individuals and communities. In order to survive in such modern society, public sector should become more proactive: to get ahead of change and shape change to the advantage of citizens. Visioning process is one of the tools that can help citizens, organizations, or various groups shape their future.
The visioning process differs from more traditional forms of community planning in a number of ways:
- It tends to focus on a wider range of concerns
- It is strongly related to communities values; it comes from the heart.
- It uses alternative scenarios to explore the future (what is probable as well as what is possible).
- It is build around the development of a shared vision. It is more bottom-up process.
Visioning is simply a process by which a group envisions the future it wants, and plans how to achieve it. It brings people together to develop a shared image of what they want their group to become. Once a group has envisioned where it wants to go, it can begin to consciously work toward the goal. A vision is the overall image of what the group wants to be and how it wants to look at some point in the future. Visioning is both a process and an outcome.
Visioning Introduction This document outlines the primary steps in a visioning process. Developed by Dane County UW-Extension.
Strategic Visioning for Community Development This describes a visioning process when used in a community to identify future goals and work collectively to address its community development needs. From Montana State University Extension.