About Us

The Consortium for Scenario Planning offers a community of practice for practitioners, including access to technical assistance, educational resources, and a network of fellow innovators.

Vision: Communities are able to navigate an uncertain and complex world and make strategic decisions in pursuit of a prosperous, equitable, and sustainable future

Mission: Improve the practice of scenario planning and broaden its use in communities of all sizes across disciplines

This community of practice helps to foster growth in the use of scenario planning at all scales. Through research, peer-to-peer learning, networking, training, and technical assistance, we help communities develop better plans to guide a range of actions, from climate change adaptation to transportation investment. In addition to planners, the Consortium also convenes researchers and software providers to develop more effective tools and reduce barriers to entry.

Established in 2017, the Consortium today includes members from rural, city, county, and regional planning agencies; software development companies; academia; and more. We work to increase the practice, accessibility, and resources of scenario planning as a field for both newcomers and longtime practitioners—and to expand scenario planning practices to rural and less urban areas, municipalities, and other applicable contexts.


Dr. Kerstin Carr, Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) – Columbus, OH (Chair)
Amy Cotter, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy – Cambridge, MA
Arnab Chakraborty, University of Illinois – Champaign, IL 
Erich Zimmermann, National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) – Washington, DC
Frank Lenk, Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) Kansas City, MO

Lisa Nisenson, Greater Places – Arlington, VA
Marc Draisen, Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) – Boston, MA
Robert Goodspeed, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, MI
Sarah Dominguez, Southern California Association of Governments – Los Angeles, CA
Uri Avin, National Center for Smart Growth (NCSG) – College Park, MA


The Consortium’s partners help expand its reach to diverse participants and ensure initiatives are helpful for the groups they represent. In addition, partners often collaborate with the Consortium on specific resources and support the Consortium’s presence at their conferences.


The Consortium is an initiative of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, a partner of its predecessors, the Scenario Planning Applications Network (SPAN) and the Open Planning Tools Group (OPTG), earlier initiatives that brought together U.S.-based practitioners in this field. From 2010–2016, SPAN’s estimated 30 members held annual conferences and created a forum for connection and peer learning.