Sunday, July 15, 2012

UUFutures: Calling all Youth and Young Adults

If you know a UU Youth or Young Adult, please send them this post.

In the early 1990s, a group of people from across the country of South Africa came to together in an extraordinary series of workshops that created what came to be known as The Mont Fleur Scenarios.  Just coming out of apartheid, the insights provided by these scenarios, or alternative views of the future, changed the course of South Africa's history. The participants, who were from the African National Congress, which had just won the election; the white minority government, labor unions, and many other key leaders, had enough insight into the future to understand they must "rise slowly together like flamingos". 

The UUA Board is using the same planning idea to create alternative futures for Unitarian Univeralism -- what will the world be like in the year 2050?  Scenario planning uses a process that creates four different basic story results that are then expanded by teams of UUA board and staff members as headlines by decade.  Once the headlines are established, a writer on each team will create a story based on those headlines.  In October the Board will use those four different stories of the future to answer questions* like:
  • How would the purpose, form, or function of the UUA change in this future?
  • What are the most important steps the UUA can take to make a desired scenario happen or head off or moderate the impact of an undesirable one?  
  • What are the new opportunities that this future presents? 
  • What are the key dangers or problems this future presents, and what could the UUA do to minimize them? 
We have just finished the headlines, and that is where you (if you are a Youth or Young Adult) come in.  We would like your feedback on which headlines you like, and try your hand at writing some of your own.  We will ask you two short questions that will sort you into one of the four scenarios -- let us know what you think will happen!

Please click here to respond by August 1.

*from "Future-Focused Agendas" by Jannice Moore, part of the RealBoard Tool Kit series consistent with Policy Governance® principles.


Anonymous said...

what are the current headlines/how do we sign up to be notified of them?

Linda Laskowski said...

Click on the red "here" in the post at the bottom.

Linda Laskowski said...

or were you looking for the ones added by Youth and Young Adults?