I chose to join the “Connectivity” group at the Jasper Innovation Forum in the belief that it is all about systems and interconnections – we really have to try to think holistically about our lives and our futures. Here are some highlights from various groups around visioning the long-term future state of next generation communities. Remembering that these ideas were not necessarily in consensus form from the small groups themselves, never mind the 40 of us!
Environment/Economy in 2050
- Assume we are through the energy crunch, we are past fossil fuels and we haven’t heated up past 2+degrees (some thought this a big assumption – referencing the unthinkable)
- Demands for water and food will be big challenges everywhere – we need to manage these resources much better
- Jobs will be very different – a shift in employment patterns, influence of artificial intelligence – not enough graduates in science, what will knowledge economy look like?
- Demographic challenges will continue – we’ll work longer
- There will be immense geo-political challenges around immigration, water, and food which will influence security
Governance in 2050
- There will be multiple governments to fit multiple geographies
- Subsidiarity will reign – different level problems at different levels of government
- Individual freedom will become less important than the collective common good
- Principles: transparency, accountability, flexibility
- Tools: access to info, dispute resolution, processes to enable stakeholders to participate
- Shift from private property, industrial structure to property rights as an ecological necessity
- Externalities will become internalized
Interconnections in 2050
- Community requirements will include: resiliency, adaptive, the blurring of lines, multi-disciplinary thinking, design thinking, emphasis on energy, water, food, clean air, life-long learning
- Barriers: fear of failure, lack of ability to take risks, top-down hierarchy, governance by consensus, excess government and accountability
- Drivers: $$ investment, regulations, fear around climate change, using a crisis, common interests, communication about future
- How? Dialogue and Engagement. Multi-dimensional leadership. Global context.
Didn’t seem to take notes for the Social/Culture group!
The “listen appreciatively” comment comes from my small group experience at the Forum. It was very interesting observing our group — our ability to listen to one another was sometime challenged. It reminded me how important listening is and how sometimes challenging it can be to change our behaviour.
Next up – summary of evening keynote by Dr. Thomas Homer-Dixon.