The Think-Tank helped to define a broad vision, values, goals and directions. The Think-Tank was conducted as two highly participatory 4-hour workshops that produced a preferred future scenario validated by its participants. The scenario-based Think-Tank is a tool to gain better understanding of community priorities and goals that contribute to the creation of effective strategies and actions for program and resource allocation. A range of plausible future scenarios were developed to act as a testing ground to assess resilience and consequences.
For the Smithville School District, this process endeavored to answer important questions such as:
The Think-Tank methodology allowed community stakeholders to tackle these questions in an engaging and thought-provoking manner. This then lead to the clarification of the vision that will guide the school district’s decision-making looking out to school year 2028-2029. To the right is a visual outline of how the Think-Tank scenario-planning methodology works:
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