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Engaging the Future

Forecasts, Scenarios, Plans, and Projects

Edited by Lewis D. Hopkins and Marisa A. Zapata

April 2007, English

Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

This heavily illustrated best seller provides students and experienced planners with tools and examples to help communities prepare for uncertain futures. It explains how to utilize forecasts, scenarios, plans, and projects to represent, manipulate, and assess ideas to make more informed decisions and create a better future.

About the Editors

Lewis D. Hopkins was head of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at UIUC for 13 years, editor of the Journal of Planning Education and Research, Fulbright Senior Scholar in Nepal, and chair of the Planning Accreditation Board.

Marisa A. Zapata is in the Ph.D. program in urban and regional planning at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, where she completed her M.U.P. in 2004.


Planners and others seeking insight into this conundrum would do well to start with Lew Hopkins and Maria Zapata’s book. As readers of it will attest, the title is chosen carefully. It describes some of the ways the future can be contemplated, talked about, and addressed in a dynamic way and over time. Fundamentally, it’s about engaging each other as the most productive path to engaging the future.”

Journal of Regional Science, Vol. 48, No. 5, 2008

Table of Contents

1. Engaging the Future: Tools for Effective Planning Practices, Lewis D. Hopkins and Marisa A. Zapata

2. The Use of Forecasts in Creating and Adopting Visions for Regional Growth, Terry Moore

3. Vision, Planning, and Democracy, Jill Grant

4. Promoting the Community Future in the Contest with Present Individualism, Dowell Myers

5. Using a Scenario Approach: From Business to Regional Futures, Erik Smith

6. Using Scenarios to Make Urban Plans, Uri Avin

7. Using Scenarios to Build Planning Capacity, Stacy A. Harwood

8. How We Use Planning: Planning Cultures and Images of Futures, Michael Neuman

9. Forecasting to Learn How the World Can Work, Andrew M. Isserman

10. Deliberating About the Future, Richard E. Klosterman

11. Developing and Using Scenarios, Brian Deal and Varkki George Pallathucheril

12. Engaging the Public through Narrative-Based Scenarios, Richard Cummings

13. Person-Oriented Narratives: Extensions on Scenario Planning for Multicultural and Multivocal Communities, Marisa A. Zapata

14. Using Plans and Plan Making Processes: Deliberation and Representations of Plans, Lewis D. Hopkins

15. Engaging the Future More Effectively: A Model Request for Proposals, Lewis D. Hopkins and Marisa A. Zapata


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