ODP Futures Planning
“The future is not a result of choices among alternative paths offered by the present, but a place that is created – created first in the mind and will, created next in activity. The future is not some place we are going to, but one we are creating”
– Futurist John Schaar
A Futures Planning Message from the Deputy: Over the last few months, ODP has been working with many of our stakeholders – people who receive services, family members, providers, and others to create today’s vision and plans for making it tomorrow’s reality. Teams of people within ODP and other teams started with earlier plans to create ideas about how services would look in 10 years. Then our teams used those 10 year ideas to think about what 8 objectives – or short term goals – we can start with. We have a list of ideas of what we need to do – our Action Plans – for each objective. Now we want – and need – to hear from you.
As you think about your ideas and suggestions for the Action Plans for the future, keep in mind that the draft documents are not complete because the teams are at different places in their discussions and planning. Some may have more information to share while others may have decided on fewer things at this point. Your input is important now so that the groups can think about your feedback as they work on the next draft. We thank you for taking the time to tell us your thoughts and ideas.
Think of the possibilities. Think of what can be instead of what is. Together we will awaken the ideas that may have been lying dormant inside each of us. Together we will help create our vision for tomorrow. I look forward to working with you to create a brighter future.
Fred C. Lokuta
Deputy Secretary for the Office of Developmental Programs