Sandra Janoff, Ph.D. has twenty years experience planning, designing, and facilitating whole-systems interventions in the public and private sector. Her current emphasis is on the strategic futures conference known as future search. She and her partner Marvin Weisbord designed this event which gets the whole system together focusing on the future and creating values-based action strategies. The organizations with whom she has worked include: 3M, American Society on Aging, American Cancer Society, AT&T's Alliance for Employee Growth and Development, Auburn University, Austin Community College, Peabody College, Johns Hopkins Univeristy, Beth Tikva Synagogue, Jewish Reconstructionist Federation, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Maryland, British Airways, Cigna International, FAIRWAY Filamentos, Brazil, Forte Systems, Inc., Quaker Foods Topeka Pet Foods Division, Haworth, Inc., INOVA Health Systems, Penn Ventilator Corp, Reichhold Chemical Corp., Resources for Human Development, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Malloy Lithographing and Whole Foods Market. She has facilitated efforts to restore our country's manufacturing sector. Two conferences created state-wide extension service program to small and medium size manufacturing firms, one in Massachusetts, one in Alabama. The third conference built a shared future for manufacturing in the Silicon Valley. Her work with Santa Cruz County brought the community together around the issue of housing and began a process of healing in a community that had been divided on this volatile issue. With the community of Ko'olau Loa, Oahu, Hawaii, she worked with the community to solve its social and health related issues and with UNICEF, she enabled Southern Sudanese to create the future for the children of Southern Sudan.
Sandra teaches consultants the theory, principles, and practice of future search methodology. This work has been done on every continent. It is sponsored by Future Search Network, an international non-profit organization that she co-directs, formed to bring this methodology to communities around the world .
Sandra has a Ph.D. in psychology from Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. Sandra and Marv have co-authored Future Search: An Action Guide to Finding Common Ground in Organizations and Communities, Berrett-Koehler, May, 1995, revised January, 2000.
Principles and Practice for Effective Meetings
- A Master Class -
Future Search is a unique meeting method for strategic planning used by communities
and organizations in all over the world. It has been applied to practically every social, economic, technical and sustainability issue.
Future Search enables large, diverse groups to:
1.Validate a common vision to which all aspire,
2.Take responsibility for action and,
3.Organize for implementation.
All this is accomplished within 2 ½ days!
Future Search brings people from all walks of life into the same conversation – those with authority, resources, expertise, information and need. People tell stories about their past, explore all aspects of their present, and dream their preferred future. Through dialogue they discover their shared aspirations and common ground direction. Only then they make concrete action plans.
In this seminar you will be introduced to the principles and the methodology that enables dramatic outcomes in one meeting.
In addition, you will also be introduced to the philosophy for transforming diverse work groups of all kinds. Meeting leaders have a special role in maintaining a system’s task focus and boundaries. It is to help people commit to a goal, stay task-focused, avoid polarized fights, and do what they came to do. It is also about doing less so that participants can do more. The rewards are that participants discover their hope, energy for new possibilities and commitment to action. Even if you never do a large group Future Search you can make use of this philosophy, method and principle in many other situations.