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Marvin Weisbord and Sandra Janoff Interview  -  September 17, 2008, 2:30 p.m. Conversations on HPT Webcast

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[Dr. Sandra Janoff]

Dr. Sandra Janoff

Dr. Sandra Janoff, a psychologist, has consulted with corporations, government agencies, and communities on globalization, sustainability, and humane practices. She has staffed Tavistock conferences at Temple University in Philadelphia and The Tavistock Institute of Human Relations in Oxford, England, and run training workshops in Systems-Oriented group dynamics. She is co-author with Yvonne Agazarian of "Systems Thinking and Small Groups" for the Comprehensive Textbook of Group Psychotherapy.
[ Marvin Weisbord]

Marvin Weisbord
Future Search

Marvin Weisbord and Sandra Janoff co-direct the international non-profit Future Search Network and are co-authors of Future Search: An Action Guide, 2nd Edition (2000), and Don’t Just Do Something, Stand There! Ten Principles for Leading Meetings That Matter (2007). They have managed Future Searches in Africa, Asia, Europe, India and North and South America and trained more than 3500 people in their principles and methods.
Marvin consulted with business firms and medical schools from 1969 to 1992. He was for 20 years a partner in Block Petrella Weisbord, Inc. and a member of NTL Institute. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004 from the Organization Development Network which voted his book Productive Workplaces (1987, 2004) among the five most influential books of the past 40 years.


[Dr. John Wedman]

Dr. John Wedman
Director, School of Information Science & Learning Technologies
University of Missouri-Columbia

[ Elliott McClelland]

Elliott McClelland
Communication Specialist
School of Information Science and Learning Technologies


Future Search is a principle-based planning method that has been tested and refined since 1982. It has been employed with social, technological and economic issues in North and South America, Africa, Australia, Europe, India and South Asia. Participants find they can go beyond problem-solving to make systemic improvements in their communities and organizations in a relatively short time, even when there is conflict and uncertainty. Large diverse groups can achieve four simultaneous outputs from a single meeting--shared values, a plan for the future, concrete goals, and committed implementation. Future Search relies on well-researched principles for helping people collaborate despite differences of culture, class, gender, age, race, ethnicity, language, and education. So long as the principles are honored, the method works equally well with business firms, communities, schools, hospitals, churches, government agencies, foundations and NGO's. Because Future Search is not tied to any one culture, requiring only that participants share their experiences, it has helped thousands of people carry out action plans they once considered impossible. This chapter is the most comprehensive short overview of the method that has appeared in print. It summarizes the history, theory, research, techniques, case studies, and conditions for success based on experience in cultures worldwide.

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