From March 28 – 30, 2011 over 100 community leaders including public officials and a cross section of stakeholders from the MACC Area came together for a ground breaking Future Search focused on 21st Century Governance in the Greater Holland/Zeeland area
What is MACC? Macatawa Area Coordinating Council
Established in 1993 to encourage cooperation among neighboring units of government on area wide issues
Currently serves as a coordinating body for 7 townships and 2 cities making up the Greater Holland/Zeeland area
FUTURE SEARCH PROCESS TIMELINES KEY EVENTS H/Z GOVERNANCE IN 2035 PROUDS & SORRIES IDENTIFY MAJOR TRENDS MIND-MAP EXTERNAL REALITIES ACTION AREAS COMMON GROUND THEMES FOCUS ON PAST FOCUS ON PRESENT FUTURE SCENARIOS COMMON GROUND COMMITMENT TO ACTION DAY 1 DAY 2 DAY 2/3 DAY 3
Focus on the PAST pre 1970-2000 Participants moved about the room and populated 4 timelines over 20 feet in length, displaying key events from four perspectives. Each group then synthesized the input and told the story of our community!
round world to flat, now global centric, massive pace of change, knowledge constantly doubles, wars, natural disasters, social unrest, recessions, fight for natural resources...out of disruption comes opportunity. Innovation is the theme of our reaction to adversity
Community stories from the timelines reflected four perspectives: Personal Global Community Governance
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
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
Less $ for government/higher costs/higher expectations
Rate of change accelerating/global competition for economic vitality
Increased # of people in poverty
Baby boomers driving aging population
Building inclusive communities
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…
Prouds and Sorries A sample of the output from all groups. Prouds and Sorries enable each stakeholder group to acknowledge and take responsibility for their actions
Framework for collaboration
People taking risks, thinking outside the box
Quality of life
Jobs have left Michigan
Young people are leaving
complexity of gov ’ t
Slow movement on big issues
Not focused on future
Have not embraced diversity
Economic segregation in community
Water sharing agreement
Cleanliness of Lake Mac
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....
We aspire to a healthy, innovative economic environment allowing us to lead our region and state in the rate of new jobs created.
We aspire to create a World Class Education System in the Holland/Zeeland Area.
We aspire to embrace diversity in all of its forms as an enrichment to our community.
Action statements cont’d 10. In all of our work going forward, we agree to a set of shared values including: Participants knew they were representing their community in this process, and that these action statements would help shape our future.