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Hybrid working: planning for the future
Hybrid working: planning for the future

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5.7 Choosing an approach

You may have found that one of the approach we introduced you to, naturally feels the most appropriate for you to use. Often it is your personal preference and approach to planning that will influence your choice. Or you may feel that there are elements of the different approaches you can take to develop your own approach for working with your teams to do future planning.

There are numerous approaches and toolkits available for use, and we have only introduced you a few.

Further reading

OPSI website

The Observatory of Public Sector Innovation [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] (OPSI) website provides some excellent background reading and links to frameworks, models, and workshop templates. You may find these useful to help you discover signals for, and analysing the impact of, your anticipated future(s) and planning how you are going to respond to it.

Futures Frequency Workshop

This site is useful for considering different futures and provides videos to stimulate your thinking and a toolkits to run your own workshops. Review the videos and content on the Sitra Futures Frequency website: Futures Frequency - Sitra.


If you are working on projects that focus on innovation you may wish to also study the OpenLearn course Making creativity and innovation happen .

Activity 21: Plan using an approach

Timing: 15 minutes

Spend some time reflecting on the approaches and create a plan as to how you might use them for running a futures planning session with others, or to help you make sense of the problem you need solve. As you do so make notes on areas you might want to consider, what tools you may need to use to assist with using the approach, and what other research you might want to do.