Using newspaper headlines and articles, the Global Strategy Institute at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) has put together a web site with an explorable map called "Mapping the Future." The map links together what I'd call Events in various categories such as Science, Politics, Construction, and Sporting & Culture arrayed over a time line from 2008 to 2012. Clicking on various Events pops up the article or information underlying the headline.
What's interesting is that various "threads" meet at certain points. For example, in 2012 the Science, Forecasts, and Important Dates threads intersect with these headlines:
- Worldwide CO2 emissions reach 20.7 tons per person per year
- Expiration of the Kyoto Protocol
- Oil demand out paces production in non-OPEC countries
It's unclear what CSIS intends. Event sequences and confluences can be both informative and suggestive as may be the case with this map. At the same time, Event sequences don't constitute in and of themselves a scenario, which should, in my view, be a narrative with plot, actors, motives, Events, etc. leading to a particular integrated vision of a possible future outcome, or Endstate. More information on Endates, Events, and the Scenario Mapping(tm) methodology may be found in this presentation.