Good Future Dialogue Program

A Program Supporting the Paradigmatic Shift to Planetary Balance and Sustainability

The Center for Emergent Diplomacy (CED) is building a team of practitioners to co-create and implement a multi-year global project called the “Good Future Dialogue Program.” This is a “train-the-facilitator” program, which includes the development of a transdisciplinary curriculum in the form of a “Playbook” (or guidebook/manual), along with a series of online interactive webinars and in-person dialogues.  The intent of the Good Future Dialogue Program is to train facilitators in The Adjacent Possible (TAP) methodology, directed towards leading community-based dialogues to help guide participants worried about how to survive and live on an altered planet due to rapidly advancing climate change. TAP is a new strategic dialogue and scenario building approach to problem-solving, based on principles derived from complex systems science.

The Adjacent Possible Methodology

Since the industrial revolution, each introduction of a new technology was accompanied by an opening to “the adjacent possible” (TAP) waiting in the wings for the next explosion of emergent human creativity. If we look at the state of the planet, we see clearly that old methods of problem solving have, for the most part, failed to work. The Center for Emergent Diplomacy has begun testing a problem-solving TAP methodology that will allow us to reach beyond the ideas we normally “think” of and enter into a generative dialogue space where the “adjacent possible” solutions (also known as alternative possibilities) can be discovered. We see this as an imaginative space where radical new ideas and outcomes emerge and are ready for action, a space based on the processes of Nature’s living systems and Complexity science.  The Center for Emergent Diplomacy uses this new tool based on TAP, the timeless knowledge of indigenous wisdom-keepers, and Complexity science principles, to facilitate diverse groups of people in the discovery of creative solutions to the unprecedented problems we face today.   

We begin our new journey by:


  • welcoming the principle of “generative dialogue”

  • becoming re-enchanted with nature

  • thinking like an ecosystem, not a strategic planner

  • co-creating a diversity of trusted networks of collaboration

  • replacing authoritarian control with distributed leadership

  • demonstrating unprecedented courage in the face of injustice

  • engaging deeply with our hearts as well as our brains

  • embracing hope at the edge of chaos