Scenarios are pictures of a desired future. They are useful for exploring and communicating expectations people have about the future. Scenario-based planning can help people develop a vision, develop plans to meet that vision and communicate their plans to other people, including local government.
Scenario-based planning can help local governments understand communities’ needs. It also helps communities:
Make individual expectations, goals and future desires more explicit;
Identify differences, unrealistic assumptions and common ground among participants;
Reach agreement about a shared agenda—goals to work towards, priorities or pitfalls to avoid;
Develop a plan broken down into steps defining how and...