What happened at Future Search

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This presentation describes the happenings over the 2 1/2 day period, including the methods, how participants worked together to understand what they are proud of in the Holland/Zeeland community and common ground.

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What happened at Future Search

  1. 1. FUTURE SEARCH PROCESSFOCUS ON FOCUS ON FUTURE COMMITMENT PAST PRESENT SCENARIOS TO ACTION COMMON GROUND MIND-MAP EXTERNAL REALITIES H/Z GOVERNANCE IN 2035 TIMELINESKEY EVENTS IDENTIFY ACTION MAJOR AREAS TRENDS COMMON GROUND THEMES DAY 1 PROUDS & SORRIES DAY 2 DAY 2/3 DAY 3
  2. 2. Focus on the PAST pre 1970-2000 Participants moved about the room and populated 4 timelines over 20feet in length, displaying key events from four perspectives. Each group then synthesized the input and told the story of our community!
  3. 3. Focus on the PASTCommunity StoriesPERSONAL Community stories Heritage, family, faith, entrepreneurship, from the timelines, reflected four baby boomers moving in, changing perspectives: demographics, uptick in prosperity in 90’s Personal followed by decline and loss of jobs. Global CommunityGLOBAL GovernanceRound world to flat, now global centric, massivepace of change, knowledge constantly doubles,wars, natural disasters, social unrest, recessions, fight for naturalresources...out of disruption comes opportunity.Innovation is the theme of our reaction to adversity.
  4. 4. Focus on the PASTCommunity Stories, continued COMMUNITY Settlement of H/Z, demographic shift from settlers to other migrants, economic changes, philanthropy, social service, faith, strong work ethic, education, healthcare, governments changing, city annexation, quality of life. GOVERNANCE Little structural change in local governance since origins, governance challenged by community growth, opportunities and needs, Holland not immune to global turmoil, need for cooperation across government units, MACC and WMEAC, connected global market requires us to change.
  5. 5. Focus on PRESENT: The group generated aMajor Trends VERY large mind map describing close to 100 external realities/trends shaping H/Z governance in these areas: ‣economic ‣social ‣environmental ‣technical Every participant then engaged in a multi- voting exercise documenting major trends having the most significant impact on Holland/Zeeland governance
  6. 6. Evaluating the Mind-Map to identify and connect major trends
  7. 7. Major Trends• Less $ for government/higher costs/higher expectations.• Rate of change accelerating/global competition for economic vitality.• Demographic shift.• Increased # of people in poverty.• Baby boomers driving aging population.• Education gap.• Building inclusive communities.
  8. 8. Prouds and Sorries Each stakeholder group was asked to discuss how major trends affect what they do. Stakeholder groups were then asked to present what they have done that they are most proud of, and most sorry about? Group presentations were brutally honest and began laying the groundwork for what was to come
  9. 9. Prouds and Sorries‣partnerships ‣jobs have left Michigan‣safe communities ‣young people are leaving‣framework for ‣complexity of gov’t A sample of the outputcollaboration ‣divisiveness from all groups. Prouds‣people taking risks, ‣slow movement on big and Sorries enable eachthinking outside the box issues stakeholder group to‣public/private ‣not focused on future acknowledge and takepartnerships ‣have not embraced responsibility for their‣leadership support diversity actions‣LGChem ‣economic segregation in‣Macatawa Greenway community‣MACC ‣water sharing agreement‣quality of life ‣Cleanliness of Lake Mac
  10. 10. Desired Future Scenarios - The year is 2035• This was a time for mixed groups to reflect on their desired futures and dream about what Holland/Zeeland governance could look like in the year 2035.• Creative presentations allowed for group fun, but everyone took the task seriously, describing bold, innovative ideas and an inspiring new future for our area....
  11. 11. Finding Common Ground The large group challenge was to listen carefully and find the common groundacross all of the thought-provoking future scenarios.
  12. 12. Common Ground Themes Equity, Values, Fairness Common Ground is the Regional Governance starting point from whichdiverse stakeholders come Common Master Plan together and agree on Status Quo is Unsustainable shared action areas. Public Safety Optimal Health World Class Education Diversity Jobs Shared Values
  13. 13. Very Special Thanks to Haworth for. .• Underwriting the Future Search conference• Providing an inspiring environment, with welcoming spaces and energizing natural light everywhere• Friendly, efficient staff• Lending us Virginia Conklin• Your ongoing support of the Model Community Initiatives and the Holland / Zeeland community
  14. 14. Stay informed, get involved! www.modelcomm.org Sign up for updates Provide feedback Get involved!
  15. 15. Together we can create a bold new future

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