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Conversations on the Future of Extension

Conversations on the Future of Extension 
Project Overview and Background

Ohio State University Extension has enjoyed significant accomplishments and created lasting impact for individuals and communities throughout Ohio during the last 100 years. We looked to the future to discover how we can continue to improve the lives of Ohioans in the next 100 years. The Vice President’s Conversation on the Future of Extension is a strategic foresight project that intentionally asked questions about envisioning a long-term future of OSU Extension including the role the organization should play in shaping and positively impacting Ohio and Ohio’s residents. The goal of the conversation was to engage broad participation across the state to identity the most important emerging issues and potential challenges likely to confront all Ohioans by the year 2035 and how OSU Extension might best meet those challenges in the years ahead.

Overview and Objectives: Vice President’s Conversation on The Future of OSU Extension

Strategic Foresight Discussion --- Our Timeline

This project has been guided by the question: “What will be the most challenging trends and issues for Ohioans by the year 2035; and what are the best opportunities to leverage the strengths of the university and OSU Extension to address those issues?”

The first part of the guiding question focused on the futuring part of the inquiry that occurred from March through April 2015. The second part of the topic question focused on visioning, or more importantly, discovering opportunities, which took place from April 2015 through June 2015.

Forecasting Ohio 2035

We took all the information gained from forecasting Ohio 2035 to ask OSUE stakeholders, “SO WHAT? Now that we have glimpsed into the potential alternative futures, what could or should OSU Extension do?” Visit the link below for more details.

Visioning OSUE 2035

Steering Committee Members

  • Graham Cochran, co-chair
  • Becky Nesbitt, co-chair
  • Emily Adams
  • Karen Argabright
  • Bruce Clevenger
  • Greg Davis
  • Amy Elhadi
  • Mark Light
  • Laquore Meadows
  • Jamie Seger


  • Steve Millett – Futuring Associates, LLC
  • David Staley – The Ohio State University

Recognizing 100 Years of OSU Extension