Applying foresight analysis to greater Green Bay's history, present, and future
provides the third installation to a six month series by BACC directors connecting forecast analysis to our community's history, present, and future well being.
FORESIGHT ANALYSIS IS NOT A FAD
The Bay Area Community Council (BACC) is on a journey to engage community leaders and their organizations in the utilization of foresight analysis as a critical foundation to prepare for the future.
Everyday news accounts provide signals about impending changes on the horizon that will significantly impact our personal lives, the organizations we are part of, and our communities as a whole. The changes seem to be coming at the speed of light. Organizations and communities that use foresight analysis to identify plausible futures will thrive; those that don’t may stagnate and die.
It is largely organizations within a community, and their leaders, who ultimately shape the future of the community as a whole. There rarely is a single entity, that on its own, can shift the future direction of a community. As a result, it is important that all organizations begin to adopt foresight analysis and thinking into their planning processes.
In the business world, we see companies come and go on a regular basis. There are often many factors that lead to a business failing. But one factor may the absence of foresight analysis or the inability to effectively respond to foresight. What happened to Blockbuster Video, Kodak, Blackberry phones and more locally, ShopKo? How have Uber, Lyft, Amazon, Airbnb all disrupted existing business models? Would better foresight analysis and the decisions that leaders could have made at these companies changed their future? How prepared is your organization at looking over the horizon or around the corners to the future?
Focusing on the future by using foresight analysis needs to become part of every organizations DNA. To make this happen will require significant commitment on the part of organizational leaders and their boards. This commitment may mean making a shift in the organization’s culture, strong support from the top management team, and the dedication of organizational human and financial resources. In the end this commitment will pay benefits.
The journey we are on at the BACC is unique. From our communication with futurists and future oriented associations, such as the World Future Society, we have not found another community that is approaching the future in the manner that the BACC is. There are several communities that are engaged in “visioning sessions” to create a sense of what their community might look like in 10 – 20 years. That is often a fun and useful exercise led by consultants with participation by the general public and community leaders. However, it is often not grounded in foresight analysis.
The BACC’s approach is to train leaders in foresight analytic tools and then to have those tools embedded into their organizations. This is a daunting challenge, but a challenge that the BACC believes is necessary to engage in so our community can flourish in the future. We do not want the Greater Green Bay Area to simply survive;
we want it to thrive.
Based on our pre and post evaluation survey of participants, the BACC’s first Foresight Analysis Workshop conducted last fall was a significant success. We are now planning our next Workshop to begin in September 2019, once again led by our professionally trained futurist, Garry Golden.
If you or a member of your leadership team is interested in participating in this training, please email or phone
Favorite resources and news you can use
Recent news stories, articles, books, videos, Websites or venues of interest to the BACC supporters and newsletter readers, recommend by the BACC staff and directors. Also community events of interest to the BACC supporters
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A Hunger for Wholeness: Soul, Space, and Transcendence. 2018.
What the Mystics Know: Seven Pathways to Your Deeper Self. New York, NY: The Crossroad Publishing Company, 2015.
Tuesday, April 30, 2019
6:30 pm-8 pm
Bemis International Center, St. Norbert College
In this community conversation event, Mary Otto, veteran health journalist, shares her passion for quality oral health care and ways to prevent the national oral health epidemic.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019
6 pm-8 pm
Tundra Lodge and Conference Center, 865 Lombardi Avenue, Green Bay
Jonathan Patz, M.D., MPH, an international authority on the environmental health effects of climate change, will speak at the League's annual dinner meeting on "Climate Change: Risks and Opportunities for Wisconsin and Beyond." Public invited; see
League Facebook page
for reservation details.
Thursday, May 30, 2019
8 am-11:30 am
Cornerstone Foundation Hall West, Green Bay Botanical Garden, 2600 Larsen Road, Green Bay
The morning for Brown County pastoral staff, volunteers, chaplains, and employees of nursing homes and assisted living centers will provide a basic understanding of mental illness and address the unique role of faith community representatives in the support of those dealing with mental illness.