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The top layer of this diagram represents the basic components of a typical strategic planning process. Applied futures research, or foresight, can widen organizations’ planning horizons, increase their awareness of emerging opportunities, enrich the transformational dimensions of their vision, and enhance the flexibility of their planning strategies. To repeat the point made in the notes for the previous slide, futures tools can be inserted into the planning process where they are most useful, and as often as necessary. Scenario exploration prior to visioning increases people’s knowledge of what might be possible and desirable as components of their vision; scenario exploration after strategy building can provide a ”flexibility audit” to ensure success of strategies across a wide range of external conditions.