Is this the future for the West Midlands?

Ann-Marie BrouderDr. Ann-Marie Brouder from Forum for the Future shared a vision of what the region might look in 2020. This is not just any vision though, as it considers what a low carbon West Midlands will look like.

Developed on behalf of Sustainability West Midlands, A low carbon vision for the West Midlands 2020, looks at the technologies and developments that may have shaped our lives over the next decade.

Will we be seeing vertical farms in our city centres or power generating dance floors in nightclubs?

The first point for consideration was ‘what is the value of developing a vision of the future’? Ann-Marie suggested that this kind of visioning work inspires and motivates the debate. It should attract new people to the debate and speaks directly to strategists who sometimes disengage from the climate change agenda. But most importantly of all it improves decision-making for long-term success.

The vision will also help to show that a low-carbon West Midlands is a successful West Midlands, that action on climate change doesn’t have to cost the Earth and it should start a debate within the region.

Ann-Marie took delegates through the lifestyles they may be living by 2020. Ann-Marie presented case studies that expanded on the type of businesses that will be key to the region’s economy, the new technologies that will enable the region to live more sustainably and some of the more unusual ideas that could be shaping our lives.

Ann-Marie’s presentation (with accompanying audio) can be viewed below:

The vision includes a description of how changes between now and 2020 may have affected people in terms of housing, transport, work and play. The report has examples of technologies that could be common place. Interestingly all of the ideas in the report are based on existing or planned technologies and therefore the report does indeed offer a potential view for the region.

Both Forum for the Future and Sustainability West Midlands would be interested in any ideas you have about the report.

Other speakers at this event included:

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3 Responses

  1. […] Is this the future for the West Midlands? « Observations "Dr. Ann-Marie Brouder from Forum for the Future shared a vision of what the region might look in 2020. This is not just any vision though, as it considers what a low carbon West Midlands will look like." (tags: environment westmidlands annmariebrouder) […]

  2. Interesting discussion of the low carbon vision for the West Midlands on the Forum for the Future blog:

    http://www.forumforthefuture.org/blog/Scanning-the-foothills-of-the-future

  3. Following on from the energy generating dance floor vision for the region Sainsbury’s have installed kinetic energy plates in a car park in their Gloucester store. Should generate enough power to run the tills.
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2009/jun/15/sainsburys-kinetic-plates-speed-bumps

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