Solving the Future's Problems

The Governor, Legislative leaders, and the heads of major corporations are spending two days in Orlando, offering their visions for the future. Their goal is to find solutions before problems over take the state.

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The two day leadership summit began with an admonition, organizer Justin Sayfie states "It's my prayer that today and tomorrow will be the season for all of us to have the courage to check our logos at the door."

Keynote speaker Arianna Huffington told the audience that change is moving so quickly, leaders need to slow down to make the best decisions. "If you look at one of the most successful features that apple released it was the 'do not disturb' feature."

The goal is to envision the future and solve its problems before they occur

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam believes Water is the biggest challenge facing Florida's future. "Well, alternative water supply development is going to be the key to avoiding water wars. Nobody wins if you've got cities and counties suing each other, fighting over water."

Political scientist Susan MacManus is leading a panel on tourism, with big implications. "Starting to talk about what kind of tourism do we want to continue to have in Florida. Of course one of the big issues of concern is, to some, the casino gambling, the possibility of how that would either hurt or help Florida's tourism. That is something I'll be looking at."

Thursday’s mission was to find problems that will disrupt the future. Friday, panelists will tackle solutions.

In all, six issues will get scrutiny: Water, Tourism, Education, Universities, Transportation and Energy.


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