One of the most far-looking programs I’ve been part of in the past couple of years is Metro Atlanta Fifty Forward, which a project of the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC). Today google news alerts picked up an update on their project, which continues through this year. ARC describes it this way,
What will metro Atlanta be like in 50 years? What are the key issues, trends and opportunities to consider in helping to make our region thrive in the future?
In 2008, the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) launched an ambitious initiative, called “Fifty Forward: A Metro Atlanta Futures Forum,â€ to explore scenarios for metro Atlanta focusing on our region’s future livability, prosperity and sustainability. The initiative was introduced at ARC’s 2008 State of the Region breakfast, where keynote speaker and Seattle futurist, Glen Hiemstra, challenged some 1,000 attendees to determine their preferred future and build short and long-term action steps to reach for their highest goals.
“Fifty Forward is a two-year visioning and planning effort that will convene forums around critical topics to shed light on what’s coming down the pike,â€ says Sam Olens, former ARC Chairman. “We want our region to be well-positioned for global success, as we travel through the 21st century. We’ve thrived on bold decisions made by our past leaders, and now we want to do our part for the next generation of metro Atlantans.â€
Thus far the project has convened forums on seven different issues of importance to the long range future. Check them out here.