Planning Alternative Tomorrows With Hope (PATH)

December 8, 2019 Jaskiran Gakhal, Participedia Team
August 12, 2018 Scott Fletcher Bowlsby
June 29, 2018 Lucy J Parry, Participedia Team
February 1, 2018 asiavanb

Planning Alternative Tomorrows with Hope, or PATH, is a participatory planning process which places people at the center, allowing participants to develop a vision and a means to accomplish it via graphic facilitation of ideas.

Problems and Purpose

Planning Alternative Tomorrows with Hope (PATH), is a participatory, person-centered planning process that uses graphic facilitation to convey ideas and develop steps to realize them. The process is meant to build excitement around a vision: a necessary feature of planning workshops that seek to inspire creativity and out-of-the-box thinking.  

Origins and Development

 PATH, is a participatory, person-centered planning process developed by Jack Pearpoint, Marsha Forrest, and John O’Brien. 

Participant Recruitment and Selection

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How it Works: Process, Interaction, and Decision-Making

PATH facilitators spend an average of 40 hours in class, including practical application, and the reception of peer and instructor feedback. Facilitators trained in the graphic arts may also be present during the process. 

Influence, Outcomes, and Effects

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Analysis and Lessons Learned

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See Also

Seeking the Meaningful Inclusion of People with Disabilities: Hearts & Hands’ PATH Process in L’Arche Antigonish (Nova Scotia)


Employment First,"What is PATH Strategic Planning?," Ohio Department of Disabilities,

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Lead image: Betty Thompson