Developing detailed foresight narratives: a participatory technique from the Mekong region

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Foran, Tira; Ward, John; Kemp-Benedict, Eric; Smajgl, Alexander

Foran, Tira; Ward, John; Kemp-Benedict, Eric; Smajgl, Alexander


2013-10-22


Journal Article


Ecology and Society


18


4


6


18 p


Narratives that explore uncertain events are central to a variety of future-oriented approaches ranging from planning to community visioning. Techniques to create interesting narratives, however, have been overlooked in the peer-reviewed environmental foresight literature. We describe a participatory, multidimensional, pragmatic technique to generate qualitative foresight (“scenario”) narratives. We applied this technique in the Mekong region of Southeast Asia during 11 workshops conducted in 5 countries and 1 regional setting. To improve consideration of systemic connections, narratives were shared between the six settings, allowing participants to understanding cross-scale enablers and inhibitors of desired development outcomes. A second innovative feature is elaboration of character-oriented narratives. We discuss how the technique responds to ongoing methodological challenges of critical inquiry, policy salience, and agency.


Resilience Alliance Publications


foresight; narrative; methodology


Environmental Management


https://doi.org/10.5751/ES-05796-180406


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Copyright © 2013 by the author(s). Published here under license by The Resilience Alliance.


EP12587


Journal article - Refereed


English


Foran, Tira; Ward, John; Kemp-Benedict, Eric; Smajgl, Alexander. Developing detailed foresight narratives: a participatory technique from the Mekong region. Ecology and Society. 2013; 18(4 6):18 p. https://doi.org/10.5751/ES-05796-180406



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