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Scenario Plannning Lecture for HP 202
Bicentennial house, Williamstown, Massachusetts.
Warwick, Massachusetts.

Planning, Scenario Planning

Personal Planning

  • Covey R. Stephen. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. New York: Fireside, 1990. The Seven Habits — An Overview, Read pp.46-62. Amazon, Google Books (some pages missing here). In PDF file provided, pp. 22-30.

Scenario Planning

  • Easterly,William Russell. The White Man's Burden: Why the West's efforts to aid the rest have done so much ill and so little good. Penguin Group, 2006. Google Books, Amazon. Skim pp. 3-30, handout
    • "The right plan is to have no plan . . . Let's call the advocates of the traditional approach the Planners, while we call the agents for change in the alternative approach the Searchers. . . In foreign aid, Planners announce good intentions but don't motivate anyone to carry them out; Searchers find things that work and get some reward. Planners raise expectations but take no responsibility for meeting them; Searchers accept responsibility for their actions." (pp.5-6)
  • Schwartz, Peter and Jay Ogilvy. Plotting Your Scenarios: An Introduction to the Art and Process of Scenario Planning, Scenario Thinking, Global Business Network, December 2004
    • Scenarios are narratives of alternative environments in which today’s decisions may be played out. They are not predictions. Nor are they strategies. Instead they are more like hypotheses of different futures specifically designed to highlight the risks and opportunities involved in specific strategic issues.
  • Terms



  • Mitchell, Ted. In Defence of Generalists, Raise the Hammer, Dec 14, 2004. Read
  • Duerksen, Christopher J., C. Gregory Dale and Donald L. Elliott. The Citizens Guide to Planning. Washington, DC: The Planners Press, fourth edition, 2009. Chapter 1, Why Plan?, p.3-15. Read