For nearly two decades, Global Business Network has pioneered the evolution and application of scenario thinking primarily for organizations in the private sector, but also those in the public and nonprofit sectors. GBN has trained thousands of people in scenario thinking and has worked with hundreds of organizations, including more than 100 civil society organizations ranging from large national and international associations to much smaller networked groups.
In early 2001, GBN entered into a partnership with the David and Lucile Packard Foundation’s Organizational Eff ectiveness and Philanthropy Program in order to raise awareness of scenario thinking among nonprofi ts. The free downloadable guide is but one result of that collaboration. Over the past three years, GBN and the Packard Foundation have worked hard to understand the unique strategic and organizational challenges facing nonprofits.
The guide gives an overview of scenario thinking customized for a nonprofit audience. In Europe, I have found Daniel Erasmus of the Digital Thinking Network to be one of the more inspired thinkers in this field - currently working with the Dutch government.