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*As dystopias are the opposite of utopias, I am choosing to use ”nightmare” as the opposite of ”vision,” since I am using vision strictly in the sense of an idealistic, positive, preferred image of the future.
In our intro and methods graduate seminars, this question arises again and again – what is the difference between a scenario and a vision? Or, more subtly, what is the difference between a positive scenario and a vision? And the primary answer must be, ”point of view:” it depends entirely upon who you are, as the previous slide’s notes suggest.
Visions are maps of personal values and ideals. As such they will not always merge neatly when groups are attempting to articulate a community vision. Indeed, the transition from sharing individual visions to synthesizing a common vision is the single most difficult step in visioning.