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WFS AZ Scenarios on the Future of American Politics

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As some of my readers know, I organize the Arizona chapter of the World Future Society. To quote the web site, “the World Future Society is the world’s premier community of future-minded citizens. Our mission is to harness the spirit of discovery, the power of imagination, and the energy of collective action to create a brighter future.”

Our local group in Phoenix has been meeting since 2014, and I think we really embody the spirit of the organization. We’re a diverse group and have a lot of fun in more formal monthly meetings with speakers and also in monthly social gatherings where we just eat, drink and chat.

If you’re in the Phoenix area, or anywhere in Arizona, you should join us, even if you’re not currently an official WFS member. All you have to do is have an interest in the future. Join our meetup group here.

Anyway, we usually have speakers every month, but for our March 2016 general meeting, we did a quick and dirty Global Business Network (GBN) 2X2 scenario planning exercise. Our WFS group wanted to explore the future of American politics, so we did that. Even with the pre-work reading many of us did, it would always be tough to do anything deep in 2 hours, but it was amazing how insightful the process and the outcome turned out to be.

Here’s the outcome of the exercise:

Very good work, again, though our group will be the first to admit that nothing here is definitive or authoritative. And we would all agree that, with what many consider a very pivotal, potentially game-changing presidential election just months away, there’s no better time to really stop and think about the longer-term future of American politics.

Author: Eric Kingsbury

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