The Power of Visioning: The Contribution of Future Search Conferences to Decision-Making in Local Agenda 21 Processes

  • Angela OelsEmail author

The Future Search Conference is one of the most innovative methods for stakeholder involvement employed in Local Agenda 21 processes. This chapter seeks to evaluate the contribution of the Future Search Conference method to enhancing the quality of local decision-making in the context of Local Agenda 21. The chapter provides empirical evidence from a German and an English case study and reviews it from the normative perspective of collaborative planning theory. It concludes by proposing guidance for the successful employment of the Future Search Conference method.


Stakeholder Group Public Participation Stakeholder Involvement Citizen Participation Case Study Area 
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  1. 1.Institut für Politische WissenschaftUniversität HamburgHamburgGermany

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