The Center for Life Beyond Reed

Division of Student Services


Saturday Lunch Session 12:45—2 p.m.

When Reedies gather, it's difficult, if not impossible, to capture and capitalize on all of the ideas that manifest. The air around Working Weekend is charged with sparks, ideas abound. After the morning sessions, grab a bite and join one of the three lunch discussions. 


Foresight Discussion, GCC-A  (grab lunch then meet in conference room A) Jim Kahan, moderator
“Foresight” as a concept developed from a recognition that the future is uncertain when seen from the present.  If we knew for certain how the future would unfold, it would be conceptually easy (although possibly difficult in practice) to plan for the future, to capitalise on the opportunities offered and to prevent or mitigate the threats. Absent an accurate picture of the future, planners choose to construct suggestive futures, and then to plan on the basis of them. Such futures may be termed “scenarios.”  Scenarios may be used in a variety of ways, including seminar gaming. I present a use of seminar gaming as a tool for foresight exercises that takes advantage of recent advances in scenario and gaming design.

This approach abandons the notion of a trend—even the most likely future is very unlikely—and synthesizes the advantages of forecasting and backcasting analyses. The key insight is to attempt to use scenarios to disrupt the unidimensionality of time: in planning for the future, we need to look both forward from the present to possible futures, and backward from the possible futures to the present. The process can be iterated to shuttle repeatedly forwards and backwards in time; hence the term bouncecasting.

This presentation describes the bouncecasting process and illustrates it with two practical examples—cybertrust and crime prevention in the United Kingdom and health insurance reform in Germany.


Read our blog!

works and days logo

Contact The Center for
Life Beyond Reed
Phone: 503/777-7550
Office: Greywood

Ron Albertson


Julie Kern Smith

Associate Director of Career Development
Request an Appointment

Brooke Hunter

Assistant Director for Strategic Partnerships
Request an Appointment

Meredith Dickinson
SEEDS Coordinator
Request an Appointment

Michelle Johnson

Fellowships Adviser
Request an Appointment

Bonnie Ingersoll

Administrative Coordinator

Follow Us

Hours and Location

We are located in Greywood, south of the library.

Office Hours

8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.


12 p.m.–1 p.m.
5 p.m.–7 p.m.