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Hybrid working: planning for the future
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5.4 Islands in the Sky – the methodology

Islands in the Sky can help surface insights about future challenges and opportunities. It creates a space for creative discussion and fresh ideas regarding different possible futures, in order to develop future strategies.

The approach for this is normally through workshops with a diverse group of participants, to ensure a range of voices in the room. The methodology has six stages:

  1. Confirm the purpose (normally you will know what you want to explore in advance of a workshop, but remind participants of the purpose).
  2. Map the transactional environment – internal and external relationships involved in the mission.
  3. Label the relationships with ‘social’ and ‘functional’ value generated for both parties.
  4. Identify the uncertainties that shape decisions on the island, and how these might play out to redraw the future.
  5. Review the opportunities and challenges:
    • select those that require more investigation or could be progressed
    • apply the learnings.
  6. Feedback and follow up.

In the video Dr Matt Finch provides insights as to how you can use and adapt Islands in the Sky for your purposes and better conversations. As you read through the stages of the methodology reflect on the insights that he shares.

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Video 16 Adapting Islands in the Sky for better conversations
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