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Divergent Views, Shared Vision: The Scenario Game Board

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SoL Reflections Vol 10 No 3
Divergent Views, Shared Vision: The Scenario Game Board as a Tool for Building Robust Strategy
By Michael Sales and Anika Savage

How can people with strongly held, polarized positions on a complex issue develop a robust strategy for the future without necessarily resolving their differences? In this article, Michael Sales and Anika Savage outline an activity that uses a simple "Scenario Game Board” to prompt team members to listen to each other, explore possibilities, and arrive at decisions together – even if they don’t share the same views or values. By "residing in” a scenario that contradicts their inclinations, participants broaden their perceptions and learn to see a range of possible future conditions. Because this process embraces multiple perspectives rather than imposing one view of the future, it fosters mutual respect and leads to better decisions.

Michael Sales is co-founder of Art of the Future, a strategic leadership consultancy. He is co-author
of the forthcoming book, Life-Sustaining Organizations: A Designer’s Guide, which applies Structural
Dynamics to help organizations realize their potential as living systems.

Anika Savage, formerly Audrey Schriefer, is co-founder of Art of the Future and co-author of Life-
Sustaining Organizations: A Designer’s Guide. Anika is a recognized authority on scenario analysis.
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