Using transformative scenario planning to think differently about the future of land use in Bobirwa, Botswana
The issue of land use in Botswana's Bobirwa Sub District is a thorny one that involves a myriad of people and is complicated by the uncertainty of climate change. Opinions differ about the management of privately owned land versus communal land. Land use is therefore something that involves a diverse range of perspectives and cannot be resolved by any single stakeholder working alone. Hence, a process that brings together conflicting opinions could help people to start thinking differently about the future of land use in Bobirwa.
Transformative Scenario Planning (TSP) is one such process, designed for situations in which people’s perceptions of a problem, and perhaps of one another, have become stuck. Developed by Reos Partners, TSP aims to help people to think and do things differently. One part of the process is bringing together people who do not ordinarily mix, with the goal of forging new relationships that allow people to work together to change the future.
This report summarises the main steps and ideas involved in the two TSP workshops that were held in October 2017 and January 2018 in Botswana. Over the workshops, the groundwork was laid for stakeholders to choose response strategies towards long-term collaborations.