Our Florida Our Future | A Collins Center Initiative

Volume 1 Issue 3 

Active Listening

As we bring Our Florida. Our Future. to new audiences around the state, we see widespread interest in planning Florida's future.  Floridians understand the importance of reaching out to as many people as possible, including those who aren't typically engaged in visioning efforts.


During a recent presentation to Leadership Florida, we held an interactive session where more than 150 participants identified important factors to consider in preparing for Florida's future. Their discussion focused on three questions:


  • What are the drivers of change in Florida?
  • What is inevitable?
  • If the inevitable doesn't happen - then what?


What did they tell us would impact our future? Aging, the economy, changing demographics, culture, education, government and policy, volunteerism, and water, to name a few. To view the complete list of factors  identified during the Leadership Florida meeting, visit the recap. Click here to give us your own ideas on what factors should be considered (log in or registration required).



Questions to Ponder

Our Florida VideoNo one can predict with 100 percent accuracy what Florida will look like in 40 or 50 years. However, current trends are leading us down certain paths.  To get a glimpse of these trends and the questions they raise, check out our latest Our Florida. Our Future. video which was recently featured in Florida Trend's Afternoon Pulse.



Statewide Participation Grows

We want to thank the many organizations that have already invited us to present to their members, including our most recent hosts: Leadership Florida, the Florida Association of Counties, the Florida League of Cities, the Florida League of Mayors, the Monticello Chamber of Commerce and Floridians for Better Transportation.


If there is an opportunity to share Our Florida. Our Future. with your community or organization, or to find out how you can join the growing group helping to design Our Florida. Our Future., visit www.OurFloridaOurFuture.org and fill out the Get Involved form.


Coming SoonComing soon... 

Look for a new scenario that describes possible futures for Florida's agriculture industry as well as a robust Water Ethic section based on the water report written by noted author Cynthia Barnett.



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Sound interesting?

Please become involved with Our Florida. Our Future. Consider the following and let us know what works best for you.

  • Stay informed - email, text, Facebook etc. We'll keep you posted.
  • Share your Florida story - why are you here? What is your favorite place in Florida?
  • Host a talk - introduce us to your colleagues. We'll come to you.
  • Share an opinion - be part of our survey panel.
  • Funding - let's discuss how you can support this initiative.
  • Spot an issue - what is relevant for us to focus on?

Connect with anyone of us to know more.

Thank you for your consideration and, we hope, your involvement.

Tony Carvajal
Tony Carvajal

Tony Carvajal manages the visioning and scenario planning projects of the Our Florida. Our Future. initiative, a program focused on engaging 4 million Floridians in a conversation about the future of Florida in 2030 and beyond. 

.tcarvajal@collinscenter.org | 859.219.0082 ext. 1412

Tim CenterTim Center

A fourth-generation Florida native and resident of Tallahassee for nearly 25 years, Tim Center is the Vice President of Sustainability Initiatives for the Collins Center.

tcenter@collinscenter.org  | 859.219.0082 ext. 1411


Steve Seibert Steve Seibert

Steven M. Seibert's career as a lawyer, mediator, elected official and statewide agency director is founded upon innovative leadership and a successful knack for resolving difficult disputes. The St. Petersburg Times described Seibert as "a consensus builder with an eye to the future" and as one of Florida's "significant thinkers."

sseibert@collinscenter.org  | 859.219.0082 ext. 1410

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