As environments become increasingly complex, funds remain limited, and the future remains uncertain, Scenario Planning helps groups of decision-makers navigate challenging terrain.  The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, through the Consortium for Scenario Planning, has three primary goals:

Expansion of Understanding and Capacity

Expand capacity in and understanding of Scenario Planning processes and software tools 

Increased User Base

Increase the number of entities applying Scenario Planning processes and software

Strengthened Professional Network

Strengthen the professional network to increase peer learning, innovations, and progress

Staff + Location

Janae Futrell, AICP, LEED AP
Janae Futrell, AICP, LEED AP

Decision Support Fellow, consultant to the Consortium for Scenario Planning


Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

113 Brattle St.
Cambridge, MA


The Scenario Planning Applications Network (SPAN) and its predecessor, the Open Planning Tools Group (OPTG), were earlier initiatives that brought together US-based software tool developers, practitioners, and academics focusing on supporting Scenario Planning work in urban and regional planning for professionals, particularly those highly skilled in Scenario Planning.  Developed in partnership with the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, SPAN’s estimated 30 members held annual conferences during 2010-2016 and served as a forum for connection and peer learning.  The Consortium for Scenario Planning builds on the work of SPAN with support staff and participant expansion to increase the accessibility of Scenario Planning to professionals new to the practice of Scenario Planning, while continuing to support professionals who are already seasoned.  It also works to expand Scenario Planning practices from urban and regional planning to rural and less urban areas, municipalities, and other applicable contexts.