Co-creating a visual timeline that represents moments of tangible change in the past and/ or hoped-for changes in the future can act as a springboard and an inspiration.
Using simple on-line tools, participants co-create a visual timeline of transformation by adding both societal and/or personal or professional event that have resulted in come of change, or imagined/ envisioned events that have the potential to change the future. The collective process of creating the timeline can a) help people reflect on key tipping points in the past development of their life/organization/community, b) set the stage for thinking about what transformations are possible in the future, and c) act as a conversation starter between people who might not know each other.
Example of a social change event:
Online whiteboard such as Miro or Google Jamboard
This method was adapted from a version contributed by Fern Smith, director of Emergence: http://www.emergence-uk.org/
On backcasting, you can read Holmberg J. and Robert K.H. “Backcasting: a framework for strategic planning”.
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