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
No 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.
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.