How does this process work?
Led by the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, AVL Greater brings together a wide cross-section of community members to explore trends facing our community and envision our future. Rebecca Ryan, owner of NEXT Generation Consulting, Inc., will facilitate this strategic foresight process to create an intentional plan for Asheville’s future.
About Rebecca Ryan
Rebecca is the Resident Futurist at the Alliance for Innovation, a Senior Advisor at the Governing Institute, a faculty member at the Institute for Zen Leadership, the founder of Futurist Camp, the inventor of Futures Labs, and the owner of NEXT Generation Consulting, Inc.
She is the author of The Next Big Things: The Future of Local Government (2015), ReGENERATION: A Manifesto for America’s Future Leaders (2013), and Live First, Work Second: Getting Inside the Head of the Next Generation (2007). Her TEDx talk, Spring is Coming, was featured at the prestigious TEDxBeaconStreet in 2015. Richard Florida, author of The Rise of the Creative Class, calls Rebecca “one of the most reliable sources for CEOs and Mayors who want to attract and keep the next generation of creative workers.”
Rebecca Ryan, trained as a futurist and an economist, Rebecca helps clients figure out “what’s next” through speaking from the stage, leading foresight processes for organizations and communities, and teaching others the science (and art) of strategic foresight.
AVL Greater Schedule
June 2018 – Rebecca Ryan and the Strategic Foresight process was introduced to more than 600 business and community leaders at the Asheville Chamber’s annual meeting.
Sept. 2018 – Key community and business leaders gather for first Futures Lab to explore trends affecting Asheville/Buncombe County and the region.
Oct. 2018 – Second Futures Lab with key community and business leaders to refine top issues, explore stories of the future and prepare vision statements.
Jan. 2019 – Public feedback survey
Jan.-Feb 2019 -Rebecca Ryan serves as Resident Futurist refining the plan and working with groups, organizations and businesses.
March-April 2019 – Final vision and economic development plan developed.