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Australia's 2020 Future - the Futurist's report

Monday 21 April 2008

You'd think that given a focus on the future, you'd ask specialists in the future to have some input, and whilst that didn't occur for the PM's Summit in Canberra over the weekend, some of Australia's Futurists had already done the leg work to contribute their thoughts on the future of Australia. That report is now available and it would appear, given some of the initial media coverage suggesting that 'nothing new' emerged in Canberra, the Futurists have once again shown that their aproach to thinking can be a significant benefit

Whilst it is harsh to suggest that, given a very limited window of opportunity, 1000 people could be given the chance to explore in depth a number of radical, interesting and useful ideas and generate some pure gems, Prime Minister Rudd's Summit has achieved at least one key outcome - people are now actively and consciously talking about the Future of Australia in a means that has not appeared feasible for some time.

And we'd urge people to hold judgement as to the success or otherwise until we see what comes of the process because the proof of the pudding as they say, is in the tasting, not just in the making. 

The focus on Australia's future neither suggests anything better or worse, just different from recent history and it is this 'difference' that can provide significant leverage.  Which is why the Australia 2020 Futurists Summit was convened by Strategic Futurist Marcus Barber from the outset.  Although the futures community was hopeful of obtaining a 'seat at the table' in Canberra over the weekend, most Australia Futurists are for more realistic and grounded in likely outcomes.  To that end then, there was a strong chance that the experts in the futures field were going to be sidestepped at the Canberra process, which is what happened.

Taking the perspective that assuming involvement in the Canberra summit was not a 'fait accompli', Marcus Barber gathered a group of Australian Futurists together to tackle each of the 10 themes and the output of that thinking is now publicly available

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