Ending Homelessness in WA – Scenarios and Seeds of the Future

This event “Ending Homelessness in WA – Scenarios and Seeds of the Future” held on the 25 October 2016 was a new beginning in an attempt to create a new approach of working together between Government, the Business Community, Not for Profit Services and the broader community. Recognising that the current approach has been failing to address the growing number of people experiencing homelessness and with an intention to create a new scenario that will work towards ending homelessness.

Fundamental to this change is the need to create a different narrative about homelessness and imagining what it will take to end it. This requires a new imagining and vision of ending homelessness.

This day saw a group of community leaders coming together to participate in a session facilitated by leading futurist Dr Sohail Inayatullah to scenario plan what will it take to end homelessness in WA.

The larger community came along and to a final session of the day to share in the results of that scenario planning and began to get engaged and participate in moving towards a desired future.

The event was hosted by a group of organisations including St. Bart’s, Ruah, St Vinnie’s, Anglicare WA, Globalactive, Mission Australia and the Centre for Social Impact (UWA). It was also part of the dynamic engagement strategy for designing the 2017 Social Impact Festival. You can read about the 2016 Social Impact Festival here www.socialimpactfestival.org.

Sohail Inayatullah is Professor at Tamkang University, Taipei (Graduate Institute of Futures Studies); Associate, Mt. Eliza Executive Education, Melbourne Business School, and Adjunct Professor at the University of the Sunshine Coast (Faculty of Social Sciences and the Arts). Professor Sohail cohosts ‘Metafuture’ – which is an educational think tank that explores alternative and preferred futures and the worldviews and myths that underlie them. Through presentations, workshops and research, Metafuture helps local and global organizations and institutions create alternative and preferred futures.

Scenario planning is a structured way for us to think about the future. … how it might unfold and how this might affect housing and people who are at risk of/or experiencing homelessness.

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