Consortium for Scenario Planning Annual Conference Call for Session Proposals
The Consortium for Scenario Planning is opening the call for session proposals from May 8 through June 22, 2018 for its annual conference. The conference will be held in Columbus, Ohio from September 12 to September 14, 2018. This will be the second conference the Consortium has held. The first, the Consortium kickoff, took place in Denver, Colorado in November 2017. The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) will be the host agency for this event. Additional conference details will continue to be posted at

In order to propose a session, please fill out the fields below. Session organizers will be notified by early August of the outcome. The Consortium board will be assisting with review and selection of proposed sessions.

Registration costs:
The registration costs for the event are anticipated to be $300-400 per person, and conference registration will open in July 2018. Organizational participation in the Consortium includes 2 conference registrations, while individual participation includes 1 conference registration. Acceptance as a session organizer does not necessarily indicate that conference registration and/or other conference-related fees will be covered.

If you have any questions, please contact Janae Futrell, Decision Support Fellow for the Consortium, at

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Session Topic Area Descriptions
1. Practitioner projects incorporating a scenario planning process and/or software tools/data - This topic focuses on lessons learned from practitioner projects. It would incorporate the need for scenario planning, methodologies/techniques for applying scenario planning, and results of the scenario planning component. Key takeaways for the audience would potentially include applicability to their own context, insights into other methodologies/techniques, and outcomes applicable to their needs. *Note: There is a particular interest in projects either led by local government (municipalities and counties) or involving local government within a regional process, including implementation.
2. Theoretical or applied research on scenario planning advancement - This topic focuses on research that covers emerging areas of scenario planning practice, thinking, and application to the rural and urban planning field. Key takeaways for the audience would potentially include recommendations for practitioner work and for the future development and direction of scenario planning.
3. Technology and data innovation for scenario planning - This topic focuses on how software, data, and other technology elements are applied to scenario planning practice. Subtopics include examples of interoperability between platforms (APIs, plug-ins, data standards/specifications, and other modes), recent innovations that allow for scenario planning to be used in new and impactful ways, and cutting-edge practices that are in development (but not necessarily currently available).
4. Other - Feel free to propose other session ideas that do not relate directly to one of the topics above; provide more detail as needed under question 7.
1. Select a session topic area or multiple, as applicable. *
2. Provide an overview of the session including its learning objectives, key takeaways, and value to the audience of rural and urban planners. (200-400 words) *
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3. Select a session type or multiple, as applicable. *
4. What is your name, title, and organization? *
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5. List the session collaborating professional(s), such as speakers, presenters, and facilitators, along with each one's name, title, organization, and email address.
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6. Explain the role of each person involved in the session including the session organizer (person submitting this form). Roles could include being a speaker, presenter, facilitator, etc. *
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7. Explain any other details you’d like to share.
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