The Adirondack Journal of Environmental Science recently published our article in their 2012 edition (which was released in May 2014). The article contains the details of the methodology behind the ADK Futures Project. You can find the article here.
Written in 2012, it recounts the approach and the data set. For some readers, this will be a dry academic snore of a read; no worries. But for others, this is where you can read about what we actually did. Our current plan is to use the same methodology to develop a set of scenarios about different responses to climate change over the next 25 years.
The ADK Futures work is the first time we have used the methodology for a public process. The innovation is that we leave behind a database evidence tracking tool for the public to view progress on the events and scenarios, or lack of it, as the case may be. It will be dynamic, accumulating actual developments over time, comparing the news to the workshop events and scenarios. This blog, and all the associated files for workshop and materials, constitute our ‘report’ of record.
Our hope is the tracking database becomes more useful over time, as the future unfolds and uncertainties are resolved. In just 18-24 months, the Sustainable Life vision developed from this work is accumulating plenty of evidence showing progress. But it is just the beginning and lots of uncertainty remains.
We didn’t actually create a new direction for the region, but we uncovered something already here, gave a voice to it, and built shared intentions around it. The long-running conflicts all still exist, but our shared intentions have become the center of attention and drawn considerable positive government attention as well.