In the windswept wake of yet another April snowstorm, an unusual cross-section of 255 citizens of the Minneapolis Saint Paul region gathered all day April 19 to listen, learn, deliberate, and decide about a wide range of challenges to making this region the best it can be at economic competitiveness and social livability.
Futurist Jack Uldrich stretched minds with dramatic evidence of what is changing in our world and how fast that change is coming. Retired but very active Colonel Mark Mykleby made previously soft values into hardheaded reality explaining how a shift to sustainable practices is a necessary condition of national security.
Participants were not passive. Table teams pitched in to compare notes on what we currently think and say about the place where we live and work; how assets stack up with concerns. Each team laid out strategies for real-life scenarios aimed at attracting or retaining people and firms. And pushed even further for tactical insights to meet both foreseen and surprising threats – from dire shortages of qualified workers to catastrophic collapse of the region’s water advantage. This meeting will, like many, lead to another, but also to committed action.
See more on the GreaterMSP Ahead Initiative here.