The Oregon Museum of Science & Industry (OMSI), one of the United States' leading science centers, has an international reputation for innovative exhibits and educational programs serving over 1 million people. However, the organization is in a time of critical change. Having operated successfully as a regional museum for nearly 70 years, it is now embarking on an ambitious expansion of its programs and geographic footprint.
In 2014, OMSI began working with XPLANE on a comprehensive visioning and strategic planning process. OMSI chose XPLANE because they didn't want to just "go through the motions" of planning. They sought a customized approach to strategic planning that honors OMSI's unique culture of inquiry, openness, inspiration, and fun.
After facilitating alignment on a 20-year vision for the institution, XPLANE co-designed a customized experience to achieve OMSI's planning goals in a culturally authentic way: the OMSI Strategic Planning Game. Over the course of 2014, XPLANE and OMSI piloted the game, which involves four rounds: listen, synthesize, explore, and decide. In playing the game, stakeholders are engaged through a series of ideation workshops, then participants generate "opportunity tiles" based on emergent patterns. The tiles are built upon and played in a series of prioritization exercises until the final set is agreed.