The PATH Method
Person-Centered Ways to Build Community
John O’Brien, Jack Pearpoint & Lynda Kahn
PATH draws on people’s capacities to imagine different futures, & to think backwards from a future possibility & tell fruitful stories about how that possibility might come to be.
The template puts present time on the left & future time to the right. The process moves the planning circle from the purpose that calls the focus person to join in its creation to a definite future time a year or more away.
Then it shifts to a description of the present before moving back to a future point halfway to the desired future & works back to potential accomplishments in the month following the meeting & the day after the meeting.
It is much harder to explain this to planning circle members before they have experienced it than it is to guide them through it, so just jump in & do it together.
– PATH & MAPS Handbook ©Inclusion Press 2010, Page 68
PATH is a creative planning process which starts in the future and works
It is excellent for team building. It has been used to mediate conflicts. It is loved by people who actually want to change the ways we currently work.
Groups teaching PATH as a planning process will hopefully have a copy of the book for each student. PATH is not for the faint of heart. It is very results oriented.
Our friend Dave Wetherow wrote an excellent letter to someone who was asking about becoming a ‘trainer’ in PATH or MAPS. It is an excellent explanation of how we think about this issue…. (On Becoming a PATH Trainer – Dave Wetherow)
All My Life’s a Circle (Spanish) – eBook$0.00
One Candle Power$25.00
Implementing Person-Centered Planning$25.00
Hints for Graphic Facilitators$25.00
Person-Centered Planning with MAPS and PATH – A Workbook for Facilitators$25.00
Conversations on Citizenship & Person-Centered Work$25.00
The PATH & MAPS Handbook: Person-Centered Ways to Build Community$35.00
All My Life’s a Circle – new & expanded$20.00
A Little Book About Person Centered Planning 2nd Edition eBook$20.00