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PATH Planning Tool

Planning Alternative Tomorrows with Hope.

What is a PATH

The PATH Planning tool research method originated with the work of Jack Pearpoint and Marsha Forest when they first developed this in 1992.  Kataraina Pipi has taken this valuable tool and used it throughout Aotearoa, New Zealand with individuals, groups, whānau, marae, hapū, iwi, organisations and businesses to acheive great results.

The PATH planning tool can be used in a range of contexts, and within whānau it can be used to assist in individual and whānau planning. A unique aspect of this tool is the visual images that are created alongside a facilitation process that seeks to clarify, research and create a positive and hopeful ‘pull toward an aspirational place’.

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” PATH is a creative planning tool which starts in the future and works backwards to an outcome of first (beginning) steps that are possible and positive. 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 tool will hopefully have a copy for each student. PATH is not for the faint of heart. It is very results oriented.”

– Jack Pearpoint (

PATH Template