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OD Network 2011 Outstanding Global Work Award

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

With great pleasure we announce that Future Search Network has won --

The OD Network Outstanding Global Work Award

This Award recognizes an achievement which:

  • Takes place on a global level or in an arena primarily outside the USA
  • Breaks new ground or demonstrates an innovative approach
  • Actively leads or contributes to positive change in the world
  • Is sustainable
  • Has a well-articulated purpose
  • Demonstrates measurable change or progress toward change
  • May represent either a large or small intervention of significant impact or import

Here's how FSN came to be recognized in this way by our colleagues--

Future Search Network began as an action research project with 16 Philadelphia Region ODN members in 1991 who wanted to learn Future Search, a 2 1/2 day strategic planning meeting, first described in Productive Workplaces (Weisbord, Jossey Bass, 1987). Marvin Weisbord and Sandra Janoff proposed a pro bono training and self-managed internship for those who would donate their services to local non-profits. The group ran 12 conferences and held a joint review meeting with clients who reported, to everyone‘s surprise, transformative results. As word spread, Future Search Network repeated the program 20 times in the U.S. and Canada, resulting in hundreds of conferences. In 1993, Janoff and Weisbord founded Future Search Network as a nonprofit dedicated to “service, colleagueship, and learning.” The Network, largely through local action, soon went global, growing into a collaboration of 382 dedicated volunteers in 30 countries on five continents. They serve communities and NGO‘s in any language, any culture, for whatever people can afford.

Eighteen years later, the many hundreds of FSN initiatives that have “actively led or contributed to positive change in the world” span the globe and cover practically every social issue. To all of you, who share in this commitment and this award, we hope you feel as fulfilled as we do to be part of a global change strategy. We have leveraged efforts from Reproductive Health in Ethiopia to Drug Trafficking in the Maldives to Protecting Street Children in Iran to Engaging Communities in Education Reform in Indonesia to Demobilizing Child Soldiers in South Sudan to Developing Women Leaders in Siberia to Repairing a Fractured Economy in Derry-Londonderry in Northern Ireland to.....the list goes on.

We will bring more of the FSN story to our website, Facebook, LinkedIn and all social media we can get our heads around. We want to continue spreading the word about our extraordinary FSN community, what we‘ve done and will continue to do.

Our deep appreciation to the OD Network for this honor,


Sandra and Marv



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