The Future, Backwards method was created to aid in widening the range of perspectives a group of people can take on understanding their past and the possibilities of their future. The entrained perspectives of people within an organisation give them a limited view of the present, and such entrained patterns of past perception can determine its future. As a workshop tool the Future Backwards method can be used to generate prompts for anecdotes, or its data points can be used in a contextualisation exercise such as ...the butterfly stamped. On the whole the output from a Future Backwards exercise gives leaders an overview of the hopes and fears of their organisation, and it helps them understand which entrained patterns of past perception are influencing its future.

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