Art of the Long View : Planning for the Future in an Uncertain World
"Artful scenario spinning is a form of convergent thinking about divergent futures. It ensures that you are not always right about the future but--better--that you are almost never wrong about the future. The technology is powerful, simple, and enjoyable, and so is Schwartza s book." --Stewart Brand What increasingly affects all of us, whether professional planners or individuals preparing for a better future, is not the tangibles of life--bottom--line numbers, for instance--but the intangibles: our hopes and fears, our beliefs and dreams. Only stories--scenarios--and our ability to visualize different kinds of futures adequately capture these intangibles. In The Art of the Long View, now for the first time in paperback and with the addition of an all--new Usera s Guide, Peter Schwartz outlines the "scenaric" approach, giving you the tools for developing a strategic vision within your business. Schwartz describes the new techniques, originally developed within Royal/Dutch Shell, based on many of his firsthand scenario exercises with the worlda s leading institutions and companies, including the White House, EPA, BellSouth, PG&E, and the International Stock Exchange.
- Paperback | 292 pages
- 152 x 228 x 17mm | 438g
- 25 Sep 1997
- John Wiley & Sons Inc
- New York, United States
- 1. Auflage
Table of contents
Introduction to the Paperback Edition: The Strategic Conversation -- Broadening The Long View The Pathfinders Tale The Smith & Hawken Story: The Process of Scenario--Building Uncovering the Decision Information--Hunting and Gathering Creating Scenario Building Blocks Anatomy of a New Driving Force: The Global Teenager Composing a Plot The World in 2005: Three Scenarios Rehearsing The Future Epilogue: To My Newborn Son Afterword: The Value of a Strategic Conversation Appendix: Steps to Developing Scenarios
About Peter Schwartz
PETER SCHWARTZ is one of the worlda s leading futurists. He is president of Global Business Network, an international think tank and consulting firm in Emeryville, California, that includes many of the worlda s leading--edge thinkers about the future, as well as innovative scientists, artists, and business executives. His previous publications include Seven Tomorrows, a book of global scenarios jointly authored with Paul Hawken and Jay Ogilvy.