Strategic Futurists; Value Systems Specialists


Not much to be Proud about - an Apology to the coming generation

Tuesday 29 April 2008

On the 22nd of April I did a quick presentation at the Water Technology Breakthrough Forum hosted by The Churchill Club and IXC at the Melbourne Town Hall. Over lunch during the day we were lucky enough to have a group of seven students from Melbourne Grammar and MacRoberstons Girls High School form part of a panel that was facilitated by Richard Hames. It was a rather enlightening group. well informed about water policy and issues of an environmental nature and there was a wide perspective of views including 'the social activist', 'the interested economist' and 'business leader' who fell naturally into the roles that seem to align with their thinking. And then Richard asked a question along the lines of 'What does or is likely to motivate you to change your behaviour?' The answer of one of

the panelists concerned me greatly - 'Fear of what could happen'.  Most of the other panelists nodded in agreement

Imagine that.  We've done such a fine job at negatively impacting the planet through the choices we make that those who follow us are motivated by fear of the looming disaster!  How proud we must all be that our arrogance, ignorance and selfishness has left the generation that follow with a fear of their future world.

Clap, clap, clap - well done to us.

Once the panel had finished I approached them and apologised for the sense of fear we have imparted upon them.  Leaders often talk about 'legacy' and what our legacy to the future will be.  If creating a society of people who fear for their health and safety' is what our legacy will be, we ought to hang our heads in shame!

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