In 1996 and 1997, we helped a diverse team of leaders come together to envision possible futures for Colombia.
The team consisted of political, business, civil society, and military leaders—including, exceptionally, representatives of all the main armed groups in the ongoing conflict—and included three different ways to end the conflict.
The process produced four carefully argued, beautifully written scenarios for the future of Colombia, which in themselves are an important contribution to national and international thinking about that country and others in similar situations. Both this content and the process from which it issues offer useful lessons for collaborative, future-creating efforts elsewhere. Specifically, it marked an advance on its methodological predecessor, the South African Mont Fleur scenario project.
A Learning History of the project (see below) outlines the process and outcomes in detail. Adam Kahane, who facilitated the workshops, also discusses this project in his books Solving Tough Problems and Power and Love.
Destino Colombia has continued to inspire cross-sectoral dialogue and action to address the country’s daunting social, economic and environmental challenges. On example of this is the national and regional teams that have been convened within the Evolucion Colombia process .