Create "What-If" Scenarios
This effort is proactive and will help the region, in the words of hockey legend Wayne Gretzky, “skate to where the puck will be.” To do this, each Future Force is carried out over the next 30 years as a What-If Scenario to consider how the region may be reshaped. The reality is that some elements from many of these scenarios are likely to occur in the future, and the future will not look exactly like any one of these scenarios. Scenario planning is a tool for collaboration, and it can be used to change perceptions, deal with uncertainty, and improve strategic decision making. This endeavor does not try to identify a “preferred” scenario for the future. Rather, it focuses on the types of change that are likely to occur, and what the region can do to better prepare for them.