Second Bounce of the Ball


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This presentation was made by Wendy McGuinness, Chief Executive of the Sustainable Future Institute at a Futures Thinking Aotearoa Forum. 29 October 2008

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  • Second Bounce of the Ball

    1. 1. The Second Bounce of the Ball .
    2. 3. Strategic Knowledge Data Information
    3. 4. Futures Studies <ul><li>P robable futures: forecasting and sometimes prediction </li></ul><ul><li>P ossible futures: scenarios, risks (Explorative) </li></ul><ul><li>P referred futures: strategies and agendas for change, propelled by innovation and leadership (Visionary) </li></ul><ul><li>P resent trends: indicators, broad macro-changes </li></ul><ul><li>P anoramic views: systems thinking, integral futures, and ‘big picture’ attempts </li></ul><ul><li>Q uestioning: the necessary questioning and critiquing of all of the above, all of the time. </li></ul>
    4. 5. Steps Towards Scenarios <ul><li>Define project parameters, trends, driving forces </li></ul><ul><li>Explore uncertainties and rank </li></ul><ul><li>Build scenario worlds, write stories, test </li></ul><ul><li>Use consider implications, review, communicate </li></ul>
    5. 6. An avatar is a computer user's representation of himself/herself or alter ego. Virtual reality (VR) is a technology which allows a user to interact with a computer-simulated environment, be it a real or imagined one.
    6. 7. Jerome C. Glenn – Director, The Millennium Project and co-author of the State of the Future, 2008 Joseph Coates, Professional Futurist, New York
    7. 8. The Maths – Why we count <ul><li>97 billion have lived </li></ul><ul><li>90 have died </li></ul><ul><li>We are part of the 7 billion alive </li></ul><ul><li>3 billion currently live on $2 or less </li></ul><ul><li>We are part of the 4 billion </li></ul><ul><li>Less than half are financially and physically independent </li></ul><ul><li>So we in the room are representative of about 2 billion that have time and $ to make a difference </li></ul><ul><li>So 2 billion into 97 – we are unique…but there is more </li></ul>
    8. 9. Wild Card 1
    9. 10. Wild Card 2 <ul><li>Terrorism & War </li></ul><ul><li>Crime </li></ul><ul><li>War </li></ul><ul><li>Nuclear War </li></ul>Wild Card 3 <ul><li>Health & Safety </li></ul><ul><li>Antibiotic R. </li></ul><ul><li>Pandemic </li></ul><ul><li>Food </li></ul><ul><li>Water </li></ul>Wild Card 1 <ul><li>Technology </li></ul><ul><li>Info </li></ul><ul><li>Nano </li></ul><ul><li>Bio </li></ul>Given the - increase in population - climate change & - the existence of wildcards
    10. 11. 2008 2058 2008 In 2008, 3 billion make $2 or less per day. In 2058, the developed countries and China grow old – while Africa remains young . 2008 2058
    11. 12. 80% of all scientists are alive today Things are looking up…
    12. 13. Going Up
    13. 14. Going underneath
    14. 15. Going underwater
    15. 16. … Leaving
    16. 17. The Future of Mankind?
    17. 18. Man & Machine? Man is expected to create a machine with the equivalent of a human brain by 2029…
    18. 19. <ul><li>Crime is now global </li></ul><ul><li>$1 trillion pa Illicit Trade </li></ul><ul><li>150 unauthorised use of nuclear or radioactive materials in the last 4 years </li></ul><ul><li>20,000 active nuclear weapons </li></ul>
    19. 20. Our generation can expect a life expectancy of 92 – 100 years of age. Our children, if we fail to manage their weight gain, will have 80 year old bodies in 50 year old skin.
    20. 21. Watch for Weak Signals <ul><li>Responses for Powerful counties </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Self-sufficient, heavily armed and a fortress mentality or </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Serious engagement with all the problems of the planet </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Responses for Small counties </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ignore </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Adapt (monitor closely what is happening) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Support global leadership (UN, WB, etc) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Build alliances (state of Australia, Pacific Alliance?) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Try to shape (lead by example) </li></ul></ul>
    21. 22. Report 14 State of New Zealand’s Future Report 15 Scenarios: Exploring New Zealand’s long-term future NEW ZEALAND’S NATIONAL ASSETS Report 7 The State Sector: Reviewing the landscape (2009) Report 8 The State of Publicly Funded Science (2009) Report 9 The State of Infrastructure (2009) Report 10 The State of Natural Resources (2009) Report 11 The Essence of New Zealand’s Identity (2009) Report 12 Towards a Tikanga-Kaupapa Perspective on Sustainability (2009) Report 16 A National Sustainable Development Strategy for New Zealand Report 13 A SWOT Analysis: New Zealand’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (2009) Report 6 History of Past Future Thinkers (2009) Report 1 A National Sustainable Development Strategy: How New Zealand measures up against international commitments (August 2007) A NATIONAL SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY NEW ZEALAND’S GOVERNMENT Report 2 New Zealand Central Government Strategies: Reviewing the landscape 1990-2007 (August 2007) Report 3 Supporting Local Government: Existing initiatives for sustainable development (March 2008) Report 4 Institutions for Sustainable Development: Developing an optimal framework for New Zealand (October 2008) Report 5 The Common Elements of a National Sustainable Development Strategy: Learning from international experience (October 2008) Part 2: Scenarios Part 1: Research Part 3: Strategy
    22. 23. Our Methodology Fail Fail Fail     New Zealand does not manage its strengths and weaknesses and…     New Zealand does manage its strengths and weaknesses and.. … the World does not manage its opportunities and threats … the World does manage its opportunities and threats Scenario Matrix
    23. 24. Te Rauparaha ( 1760s-1849 ) For fifty years he was the most feared fighting chief and at one stage controlled about ¼ of NZ. He was celebrated for his courage, cleverness, resourcefulness and skill in diplomacy – making him one of the greatest contemporary leaders in the traditional Maori style. He was also considered to be the creator of the famous haka: Ka mate! Ka mate!
    24. 25. Julius Vogel ( 1835-1899) Immigration and Works Scheme 1870 A development plan designed to revive the economy and provide the pre-conditions of economic growth, included roads in the North, railways in the South…in ten years the Government would bring about results that would otherwise have taken decades to achieve …“do more to put an end to hostilities and to confirm peaceful relations, than an army of ten thousand men’… “ We considered it very desirable, in a young country, that wealth should not be in the hands of a few capitalists…[who]…would leave the country, and enjoy elsewhere the wealth so accumulated.”
    25. 26. 2058 New Zealand Rural Urban Population Mix
    26. 27. Is this a good deal in 1908?1958? 2008? 2058?
    27. 28. New Zealand needs a ‘National Strategy’ to optimise our future, to align our industry, to reinforce our national brand and to be an example of what is possible
    28. 29.
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