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SHERPA’s methodology for rural foresight


The SHERPA Discussion Paper on “Foresight Exercise for Alternative Rural Futures: How to get there?” has been published! The University of Pisa is the main author of this paper, with the contribution of Ecorys and NordRegio. 

The Discussion Paper provides a methodology to help rural actors to run a foresight exercise in their rural areas.

Foresight as a concept was born around the 80s, and it evolved as a discipline to help policy and decision-makers as well as local actors to define and explore future scenarios in a structured way. As underlined during our last SHERPA webinar, foresight can be used to empower rural actors and offer them a tool to influence the strategic planning and future of their territory. 

SHERPA’s Discussion Paper structures a rural foresight methodology along five steps, as illustrated in the figure. 

Sourcel SHERPA’s Discussion Paper on Foresight Exercise

Starting from helping rural actors to place their territory and vision in one of the current European scenarios, it moves on to guide rural actors in identifying their own specific scenario and pathways towards it. The SHERPA’s methodology for rural foresight contributes to help rural areas to place their own strategy in the current work of the European Commission’s Long-Term Vision for Rural Areas, as shown in step 1. The document presents the

Besides, this paper provides the main guidelines to prepare for and virtually run a foresight workshop in your rural area.

Read more on the paper!

Published by Carla Lostrangio

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