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A scenario is "a ‘story’ illustrating visions of a possible future or aspects of a possible future. It is perhaps the most emblematic foresight or future studies method. Scenarios are not predictions about the future but rather similar to simulations of some possible futures. They are used both as an exploratory method or a tool for decision-making, mainly to highlight the discontinuities from the present and to reveal the choices available and their potential consequences."
- European Commission Joint Research Centre: Scenario Building. Definition (2006).