Consortium for Scenario Planning 2018 Conference 

The Consortium’s second annual conference was held on September 12–14 in Columbus, OH, hosted by the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC).

Conference Accomplishments

Peer Learning Opportunities

Consortium Direction

Board Elections

The second-annual convening offered nearly 60 attendees networking, peer-to-peer learning, and the opportunity to take an active role in advancing not only the Consortium but also the field of scenario planning at large.

With more than 25 speakers, the conference examined the latest ideas and ongoing needs in the scenario planning field. It also featured a new “unconference” component: a dozen small-group sessions that provided more organic peer exchange opportunities. For more details, check out our blog post or the event program.

What Scenario Planning Means

During the evening reception, conference attendees shared their thoughts on what scenario planning means to them. The Consortium supports all the potential applications of scenario planning in the urban and rural planning and management field.

Participant Testimonials

In 2018, about 40 percent of conference attendees were new to the Consortium and our work—but returning and first-time participants alike found the experience valuable.

“In 14 plus years of planning experience, this was by far the best conference I have attended, and I’ve been to about 10 such events. I learned a lot and there was ample opportunity to share and participate as well. The Unconference was awesome.” 

“For being so new to the idea of scenario planning, I was impressed at the diversity of presentation topics available, enjoyed the mix of presentation, unconference, walking tour, and buddying up with MORPC to learn about the region. Well done!”

“The focus of the conference and relatively small group helped me find a niche and peers I could connect with. At larger conferences it is easy to not find those connections.” 

“One of the best conference experiences I’ve had. I liked the focus and the moderate size. I will definitely incorporate learnings into my work and look forward to continuing interacting with this consortium. Thanks for all your hard work putting it on!” 

Event Activities

Evening reception at Strongwater event venue

Walking tour around Columbus with City of Columbus staff

Session on ‘Local Scenario Planning Initiatives: insight2050 Corridor Concepts’


The event had more than 25 speakers and included an “unconference” component for the first time. More than 10 unconference sessions occurred, providing peer exchange in small groups and enabling the latest ideas and needs to emerge.


Unconference session in process

Attendees deciding on unconference sessions to attend

Unconference session in process