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Natural Foresight® a Strategic Planning Alternative- Ask Dawn how to leverage Foresight.
WHAT IS NATURAL FORESIGHT®?
The Futures School shares how it leverages Foresight to embrace the Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous world we live in to create possible, preferred transformative futures. Strategic Foresight differs from strategic planning, which relies largely on spreadsheet-based models to extrapolate historical performance into a linear future plan. As landscapes change, so must our plans and approaches. Strategy must move beyond formal analysis and hard data. Natural Foresight helps us look outside of our industry, broaden our view of external issues, and develop robust, flexible, and creative visions of organizational direction.
The Aspen Institute describes a “new world of knowledge,” with the public library serving as a “vital learning institution and engine for individual, community, and civil society development.” While each of our communities will approach this new era differently, there are common benchmarks that can be utilized to ensure that the public library remains “the essential civil society space where this new America will make its democratic character.”
Strategic Planning for Public Libraries
The Division of Library Development learned from the COVID 19 Pandemic that traditional linear strategic planning that relies heavily on historical data models to plan the future, tying a library to one "official" strategic future ultimately blind libraries tp external threats and opportunities, holding tight to a structured vision and mission. In 2020, most linear strategic plans "went out the window' as the strategy did not see the pandemic coming.
DLD encourages libraries to move strategy planning beyond the traditional process of data analysis and look beyond libraries to our external environment so that we can develop robust , flexible, creative and transformative visions of the future of our libraries. Libraries can use Strategic Foresight tools like scenarios planning to develop multifaceted strategies and visions, with multiple alternative futures in tactical and strategic actions that are agile, adaptive, creative and transformative.
We live in rapidly changing world that is happening much faster that libraries can react. Disruption is perpetual, but DLD has the Foresight and tools to help you build a proactive organization that can handle being pushed from the outside while at the same time pulling our libraries to our preferred transformative nature.
Libraries that instill foresight and futures thinking into their organization are better equipped to scan the environment to identify possibilities and opportunities beyond our doors and harness them today to create more transformative libraries.
The Library of the Future
A Capgemini Invent Report in partnership with CSL and COSLA designed to support COSLA leadership in forecasting change, informing and preparing SLA’s, and advocating for resources. An essential read prior to engaging n strategic planning for libraries.
Innovative Strategic Planning
Charlotte Mecklenburg Strategic Plan
Guiding us in this effort is our strategic plan, a living document that is reviewed annually. To create the strategic plan, we draw not only on best practices and innovations from high-achieving libraries around the country, but also from a thorough market analysis of the Library’s service areas and valuable input from our community - including more than 5,000 library users, local citizens, community leaders and library staff.
The resulting plan recommends strategic initiatives to address the needs of the community now and into the future.
King County Library System
Our values ground us. Our vision inspires us. Our mission motivates us. Our Strategic Focus will guide our work for the next five years. All of this is in service to the people of King County. See what our Strategic Focus means for you, KCLS, and the road ahead.
New Haven Free Public Library's Strategic Framework, 2018-2023: “Growing Together. One City. One Future."
NHFPL partnered with Innovation Builders’ EXCITE Transformation for Libraries over a 10-month period to create the framework relying on human-centered design methods and tools. Our in-depth exploration of community needs and motivations, took us beyond the traditional “life phases” model to understand the functional and emotional drivers underlying customer engagement.
Hartford Public Strategic Plan
In the Winter of 2021, HPL began a new planning process to articulate a vision for the coming years. Central to this planning process was engaging the voices and feedback of the community, to ensure that the resulting plan and programmatic strategy is reflective of community need and priority.
Strategic Planning Consulting
Division of Library Development staff assist library administrations and boards in developing strategic plans. We provide basic guidance in developing the plan itself including but not limited to establishing the plan framework and timeline; identifying key stakeholder groups; designing a community needs assessment; creating targeted surveys, interview scripts and conducting focus groups; assessment and evaluation.
Dawn La Valle offers her expertise as an Aspen Expert as well as a certified Strategic Foresight™ Practitioner. Contact Dawn La Valle, Director Division of Library Development, 860-757-6665 or email@example.com
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