Rather than see where the future leads, let's lead the future.
The Shaping Our Future vision must be based on actionable milestones, otherwise it will remain just that: a vision. We will be talking to expert commentators in each of the eight focus areas about the steps needed to drive real change. As they share their insights, we’ll post the videos here.
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Citizens are becoming more connected to each other, but what are the expectations for governments to become more connected to the people? Former Australian finance minister Lindsay Tanner looks into the growing ‘crisis of democracy’, examining the shift away from substantial democracy towards ideas of the focus group of one.
The near future of healthcare looks to be well written: electronic records, telemedicine, bio-mechanics and genetic customisation. But what lies over the horizon? Perry Bartlett, Director of the Queensland Brain Institute,shares his insights on Australia’s role in cutting edge healthcare, including the institute’s research into the relationship of the brain to everything from spinal injury to mental illness.
Climate, Energy and Water
As we begin to understand the impact these incredibly complex systems have on our lives and our development, we are also beginning to see the ways they are interconnected and can be seen as parts within a larger, independent system. Anna Rose Founder & Chairwoman of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, shares her views on how to move the environment debate forward and establish a consensus on positive action.
How can we distribute education more evenly across our two countries and keep it more attuned to the needs of the commercial world and the long-term aspirations of our nations?
Dr Chris Sarra Executive Director of the Stronger Smarter Institute, reveals the ways in which education can help overcome social disadvantage and equip children for an era in which non-skilled work is fast disappearing.
In the last century, the human population has shifted to becoming overwhelmingly urban, by every measure. In Australia and New Zealand, rapid and sustained urbanisation has re-shaped everything from food production to energy use, transport, health, waste, public safety and more. Gerry Brownlee, NZ Minister for Earthquake Recovery, envisions what the cities of the future will look like.
The relative prosperity of our two nations has kept us from seriously examining our role in the world economy and to what extent our position near the top of the economic tree has been a result of circumstance – even luck. Phil Ruthven, chairman of leading business forecasting company IBISworld, looks into the changes our economy will face in the coming decade and how best to meet those challenges.
The market has been the primary response to the question of supply and demand. But in the case of natural resources, the question is not simply one of pricing – but availability and sustainability. Sam Walsh, CEO of Rio Tinto Iron Ore and Rio Tinto Australia discusses the immense wealth that this sector generates, its ongoing management and its limitations.
Can Australia and New Zealand escalate our position in the technological food chain, using innovation to help overcome distance – and disconnectedness? Sir Paul Callaghan, New Zealander of the Year and the founding Director of the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology at Victoria University of Wellington, talks about ways to encourage the growth of technology, foster innovation in our universities and the role that private wealth can play in this field.