We are working on a strategic plan for our municipal organization, through the various boards, commissions and departments.
The focus of the plan is first on the organization itself, a review of each board and department to see if it is doing what it is chartered to do, and if changes need to be made in the City Code to change the role of individual boards.
Second, the plan is to look at goals and objectives over near term and long term periods. Here the focus is on goals and objectives as definable projects. Next year we hope to tie the goals and objectives to municipal budget decisions.
We are considering adding a dimension to the planning process: identifying trends and challenges which may occur in the future, and asking each board and department to imagine how the city could prepare itself to react to those trends and challenges. For example, one trend in particular seems to overshadow all others: Peak Oil.
This is a challenge that could dramatically change how a city develops and does its municipal business. There is some argument about whether this is a real trend or if it is just doom and gloom.
Can anyone help provide books, websites or other sources for lists of future trends that we could use to generate discussion on the strategic plan?