Much of the impetus for this blog has come from my involvement with the Committee for the Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) here in WA – and the meetings, discussions, and events that I have had been part of. After attending a number of high quality events that this organisation runs, it became apparent that the speakers and attendees to their events were the individuals within the state that could make (or influence) change occur.
I have several people within and related to CEDA to thank for their influence:
- Robin McClellan – State Director WA for CEDA – After deciding to join CEDA my first meeting with Robin showed me what a thinker and ideas person she is. Needless to say she managed to convince me that sponsoring the Inventing the Future series was a good idea for my organisation – and she was right!
- Reg Appleyard – Emeritus Professor at UWA – Reg’s involvement with CEDA here in WA has lasted a considerable length of time. He has had a number of now senior public and private figures under his tuition over the years and has been of great value in being a font of knowledge of the state in economic terms as well as an open ear to discuss the issues of the day. It was Reg how asked me if I could put down on a paper some of my thought about state development and the related issues – Reg – this blog will have to do at this stage!
All in all I can highly recommend all CEDA events and membership – it is well worth being involved.
Inventing the Future Shaping WA 2010 – 2050
Now back to the title of this post – as I mentioned Robin convinced my company (i.e. Esri Australia) to sponsor this series and we were greatly excited to have the opportunity. Robin and her team have managed to put together a fantastic website (www.inventingthefuture.ceda.com.au) which we will be providing some great contextual content in the near future.
The primary focus of the series is to make the most of the current economic and political climate here in WA to open the discussion and help develop the plan for the future of the state of Western Australia for the next four decades. A great overview to the focus of the series can be found here.
Most importantly there are whole series of events as part of the series that cover off on many aspects of the issues that we will be facing as a state over the coming decades (if not already). The topics for the events include:
- China: Partner, Investor, Competitor, or All the Above?
- Enriching Our Communities through Creative Arts
- The True Value of Water
- Human Capital: Finding and Keeping the Right People with the Right Skills
- Infrastructure and Capital Requirements: Who Will Pay and How Will We Do It?
- Energy Options: How Do We Ensure Key Community Requirements are Met?
- Population Dispersal and Sustainability: Developing Viable Regional Centres and Lifestyle Options
- Agriculture and Food: Rural Employment, Security, and the Environment
- The Nexus Between Local, State and Federal Governments
- Demographics and Social Change: Adjusting to an Older and Larger Population. How Do We Achieve Growth that Benefits all Members of Society?
- The Future of Mobility
- Where to From Here: What are the Next Steps that WA Needs to Take?
So what does all of this mean?
CEDA here in WA is working with key political and business leaders as well as experts in each of the event areas to lead the discussion to a broader audience within WA that has the ability to start influencing and pushing for change. This is something that needs greater involvement by you the public, so go to te website, attend the events, and talk to the senior staff in your organisations about this… we need to create the desire and the need for change to be made.