Magazine article New Zealand Management

Managing Sustainably: Share Our Vision for the Future

Magazine article New Zealand Management

Managing Sustainably: Share Our Vision for the Future

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Byline: Alice Andrew/Laura Fayernan

It's great to be part of something. It's even better to be involved with a group of likeminded people discussing the state of the world in 40 years' time, looking at how we as individuals can make a difference, and developing a plan for practical action. The Vision 2050 future leaders' project has provided the platform to do just that.

As two of the 30 future leaders sharing the same vision of a sustainable future for our country and its diverse nation of people, what does this really mean to us? It's about collaboration, shared values and a desire to succeed in achieving this common vision.

What started as a mind-boggling, frustrating and at times, depressing conversation with a bunch of strangers, about what 2050 could look like for an isolated island at the bottom of the southern hemisphere... has culminated in a collective direction for a bright and prosperous future from 30 individuals passionate about the future of New Zealand and the significant opportunity presented to us as a whole.

After research, workshops and homework (!) an enormous amount of trust has been built amongst the team, allowing for excitement and creativity to bubble amongst our peers. Learning of our country's innovative and entrepreneurial nature, we've tapped into how New Zealand can realise, grasp hold of, and maximise this opportunity.

We've (collectively) developed 12 pathways for New Zealand over the next 40 years, identifying risks, business opportunities and providing measures of success. All pathways, from cultural diversity to waste, end with a 'positive imagination' and in our view, a positive opportunity. Important aspects of our economy, unique to New Zealand (such as tourism) have been included after informed consideration, providing a point of difference to the World Council's vision, and ensuring we retain and embrace New Zealand's inherent personality, strengths and values. …

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