I contributed a case study to this book based on some work I did with HopeLink, a start up in Silicon Valley during the heady internet boom of 2000. See Chapter 5 entitled Find Common Ground, page 85 of the Weisbord and Janoff book.
The acceleration technique of backcasting from the future creates an opportunity for people to tap into their deepest hopes and heartfelt dreams for the future. When a meeting calls for future scenarios you can ask people to put themselves X years in the future and imagine their dreams as it they have been realize; describe structure, policies and relationships in the present tense; and look back to the single most important step they had to take x years earlier to get started.
This book is much more than a menu for how to run meetings more effectively. It is filled with strikingly simple and practical steps to make a gathering of any kind more humane and productive.
But in a deeper context, it embodies a particular theory and philosophy of leadership and planning that recognize that every person does the best they can with what they have, and that people come equipped with the capacity for extraordinary cooperation if given a chance to use their own experience and wisdom.