30 May 2017

Foresight is the ability to predict or the action of predicting what will happen or will be needed in the future.  Are you brave enough to look forward into the future?  20 years ago, the then mayor of Nashville, Phil Bredesen, had the foresight to see what was possible in the future.  He did the unthinkable at the time and pitched an idea of bringing an NHL hockey franchise to the city.  20 years later, the Nashville Predators are on the brink of their first Stanley Cup Finals.  Nashville is not just a football town, it is a hockey town.  I believe we must be willing to have the foresight into the future of our community.  It is no one else’s responsibility to plan for the future but our own.

What are the sustainable trends and where should you position yourself to be in the mix and ensure you have a successful future?  Perhaps the biggest trend to prepare for is population growth.  The world population has grown tremendously over the past fifty years.  The world population was a modest 3 billion people in 1960. By the year 2011, the world population has more than doubled to 7 billion people.  The population is projected to be 9 billion by 2050.  We must prepare now for this growth as the demands on the Earth’s natural resources continues to grow.  Many natural resources will become more scarce which will drive prices up.  Resources such as water and land will have to be used responsibly.

We must be mindful of our waste.  The abundance of resources and raw materials during the industrial age, led to the development of a throwaway society.  The result is a large amount of trash found in landfills.  The landfill can now and should be considered as a new source to mine resources from.  There is an opportunity to develop possible solutions to eliminate waste in our society which lead to an opportunity to become part of the circular economy.

Our community has a wonderful opportunity to create our own destiny.  We must be bold enough to have the foresight about what we want our world to be.  We cannot afford to say what they are going to do.  We must say what we are going to do and take back our power to determine the success of our own lives.  I believe we can add more value to our community with sustainable solutions for our planet, and our people which will bring us more profit.    We must elect officials that believe in environmental stewardship and then hold them accountable to decisions they make.  We must also support businesses who are willing to invest back into our communities and not just exploit it.  What foresight do you have?  What ideas do you have that can make our lives better?  If these things inspire you, and you want to share your ideas, please feel free to contact me thomsustainableconsulting@gmail.com.  Or you can follow me on Twitter @tcsheff.  #Resist #Wordsactionchange

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