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Positive Futures
* 1 , 2 , 3 , 2 , 2 , 3 , 4
1  Georgia State University
2  Arizona State University
3  The New School
4  USDA Forest Service, International Institute of Tropical Forestry


What are the futures we hope to create? And, how can we guide the development of these futures? Positive future visioning and scenario development are important tools for guiding urban sustainability and resilience planning. Sustainability and resilience pathways for the long-term future are often difficult to envision and may often be different or even be incompatible. The co-development of future scenarios with local practitioners allows for the exploration of diverse plausible, desirable futures while examining potential solutions, conflicts, and tradeoffs. In particular, the co-production of scenarios frees both practitioners and researchers from the typically problem-oriented focus on the short-term future and allows for positive long-term visions, innovations, and transformational changes.

Keywords: resilience, sustainability, positive futures, scenario development, transformation, urban planning, visioning