Participation level:

  • High (Stakeholders participate in decision)

Innovation level:

  • High (Innovative)

Facilitator skill level, and other support required:

  • High (Specialist skills)
  • Medium (Computer & other expertise)

Can be used for:

  • Showcase product, plan, policy
  • Engage community
  • Develop community capacity
  • Develop action plan

Backcasting allows a group of people to weigh up the implications of different future options or policy goals.

Backcasting will provide one preferred option from a number of future possibilities, and a series of ways that the desired endpoint can be achieved. ...


  • Backcasts are not intended to reveal what the future will likely be, but to indicate the relative feasibility and implications of different policy goals.

+Special considerations-weaknesses
  • No estimate of likelihood is possible.
  • Does not seek to discover the underlying structural features of the world that would cause the future to


Organizing Backcasting

How many people to organize?

  • Medium (2-12 people)
  • Individual

Time required:

  • Medium (6 weeks-6 months)


  • High (> AUD$10,000)
  • Medium (AUD$1,000-AUD$10,000)

  1. Define future goals and objectives, projecting 25-50 years into the future.
  2. Specify the scenario by analyzing the technological and physical characteristics of a




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see where we are also listing similar practices

  --Michel Bauwens (Not signed in).....Sun Jan 31 00:53:33 -0800 2010

The Bohm Dialogue, especially Collective Reflection has significance for me in terms of artistic critique and dialogue.

If one wanted to connect this to Jungian thought I'd relate to that.

  --Srule Brachman (Not signed in).....Mon May 21 17:09:16 +0000 2012





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