Consortium for Scenario Planning 2018 Conference 

Conference Accomplishments

Peer Learning Opportunities

Consortium Direction

Board Elections

The 2018 Consortium for Scenario Planning Conference, the Consortium’s second annual conference, was held on September 12-14 in Columbus, Ohio and was hosted by the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC). This article, Consortium for Scenario Planning Picks Up Steam, provides both an overview of the conference and a progress update since its inception in November 2017. With nearly 60 attendees, it was an event that offered high quality networking and peer-to-peer learning. The program for the event is available here.

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.

Attendees in Their Own Words

“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!” 

Thank you, Attendees

This year, around 40% of attendees were new to the Consortium and its work. The Consortium would like to thank attendees for taking the time to join this event, and we hope to keep in contact!

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’



Unconference session in process

Attendees deciding on unconference sessions to attend

Unconference session in process

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.