You can be sure the future communities will be different
Ten years from now, how much will energy cost? What will happen with the climate? Most importantly, will you be more satisfied with your community and your role in it? Have you, or can you fully recover from a drought? Perhaps it is time for you to pack your bags for future communities?
Years ago, I read a book called The Limits to Growth. A study commissioned by the Club of Rome to address the significant issues of how humans would adapt to the physical limitations of planet Earth. Their mission is to promote the understanding of the global challenges facing humanity and to propose solutions through scientific analysis, communication and advocacy.
The Club of Rome predicted that during the first half of the 21st century the ongoing growth in the human ecological footprint would stop. It could be either through catastrophic “overshoot and collapse”, or through well-managed “peak and decline”.
Try asking a couple of simple questions if you want to arrive at a practical answer regarding the future of your community. “Will the community be prospering or in decline”? “What will the timing be regarding either the growth or decline”? “What can we do to ensure the future trajectory is in line with the community wishes”?
With future communities, there will be much to consider
- Disruptions and change will be the new norm
- Innovation will be critical to future growth
- Collaboration and changing conversations will be essential
- Future communities working together and clustering
- The ‘customer experience’ will become critical
- The nature of jobs and work will be different
- The relevance of community leaders and politicians will
Over the coming years, the world will be facing many new problems, in addition to the well-known challenges of creating economic growth and maintaining social stability. Market forces can not quickly solve some of these problems.
With the chilling winds sweeping across the country, day one of your community’s future should be marked with a sense of determination and possibilities. Every effort must be made to improve the customer and visitor experiences if growth and sustainability are to be maintained.
Every community, business and non-profit organisation must build a ‘new bridge’ to their future.
Will the world of future communities deliver a better world?
The world is changing fast. The rapid change in globalisation and technology are driving change. Generational expectations are shifting as well as new ways of thinking when it comes to work and life in general. Change is taking place as people look for new ways to predict the future. The future is likely to look entirely different in just a few years ahead.
The answers will depend on your age, profession, nationality, and family situation. The answer does not rest solely on whether disposable income will be higher. But on whether your general satisfaction with life in the future communities will have increased.
An ageing population characterises many regional areas. A priority in future communities should be to provide the services and facilities to enable the ageing local people to stay in their homes and communities.
While most people accept their health care system and retirement facilities cannot ever equal the same standards as it is in the cities. People will expect a minimum standard of care to be maintained in our future communities. It will include more personalised services, delivered by people they know.
Local, State and Federal Governments need to take up the issue of social well-being and problems by measuring the impact of their policies and socioeconomic changes on different segments of the regional population.
“One of the key trends expected to impact people’s success is the need for lifelong learning”. Peter Sergeant
“Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change”. Wayne Dyer