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Conformity may give you a quiet life; it may even bring you to a University Chair. But all change in history, all advance, comes from the nonconformists. If there had been no trouble-makers, no Dissenters, we should still be living in caves.

—A.J.P. Taylor[1]

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The purpose of this session is to view scenario planning from the perspective of an educational manager and decision-maker. During this session, you will:
  • Identify and prioritise the most important decisions that would be required given your reading of a published scenario.
  • Identify the requirements for scenarios of the future to support today's decisions
  • Propose an action plan for developing your own scenario based on desktop research of the scenario planning process.

Two managers' perspectives

We are pleased to provide perspectives from two managers:

  1. Dr Jane Fee, Deputy Provost and Associate Vice President Academic at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) in Canada in the video signpost for this section;
  2. Professor Niki Davis, Acting Pro Vice Chancellor Education, University of Canterbury, New Zealand. (You may wish to revisit our video to hear Wayne interview Niki about the origin and application of the DEANZ2016 scenario set in the workshop's first video signpost.


  1. Wikiquote, A.J.P. Taylor