1- Purpose

The benefits of doing a visioning process before rewording the problems include the following:

  • Visioning brings energy to the group. Rather than immediately beginning another detailed process of working on each problem, groups can be energized by thinking positively about what the future would look like if these problems were solved. This exercise encourages creativity and helps ensure that the process is not too analytical and methodical.
  • The vision of the future may identify additional ideas that would not have emerged if the process was confined to simply rewording problems into positive results.
  • Visioning is a good way to engage members of the group who are not relating well to the more structured processes of problem analysis.
  • Coming to a shared vision of the future can be a powerful launching pad for collective action.

UNDP, Deliv 6; http://web.undp.org/evaluation/handbook/ch2-3.html