October 1, 1998
Facing, as we do today, chaotic, organic, continuous, and inevitable change – both in our organizations and in our communities – the challenge facing leaders, consultants, and other change agents is to discover new ways to focus our creativity, ingenuity, and energy to proactively create the future we want.
Grounded in sound change theory and a thirty-year history of successful practice, Preferred Featuring details the first strategic change model that shifted the emphasis from problem-solving to envisioning a preferred future. This proven process mobilizes everyone in a whole human system to envision the future they want, and develop strategies to get there.
Larry Lippitt tells the never-before-told story of Preferred Featuring – exploring the history, theory, and philosophy of this highly accessible, widely applicable futuring methodology and provides the practical, field-tested tools needed to implement the process successfully.
Lawrence L. Lippitt, Ph.D., is President of Lippitt Carter Consulting and cofounder of the Preferred Futuring Network. The son of Ron Lippitt, a pioneer in the field of organization development and whole-system change methodologies, Larry learned from some of the most influential OD thinkers and practitioners of the 1960s and 1970s. For over twenty years, Larry has helped both large and small organizations – from Fortune 500 companies and healthcare organizations to schools, civic groups, nonprofits, and city governments – to apply Preferred Featuring to achieve positive outcomes in areas as diverse as strategic planning, process improvement, goal setting, and conflict management.