Scenario Planning: Uncertainties Facing Cities

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Scenario Planning: Uncertainties Facing Cities

Scenario Planning: Uncertainties Facing Cities

Scenario planning with city and chamber of commerce representatives resulted in the following list uncertainties:

  • Crime and Safety
  • Urban design and open planning
  • Zoning
  • Population (numbers)
  • Population Distribution
  • Demographics
  • Income
  • Character of employment
  • Natural disasters
  • Sensitivity to sprawl and Suburban integration – retrofitting suburbs
  • Architecture
  • State of polluted land
  • What it means to make a place
  • Livability
  • Financial stability
  • Local economy
  • How we measure success
  • Road capacity (Peek Roads) – highway stranded asset?
  • Access to Food (rapid growth of local growing capacity)
  • The definition of Sustainability – idea or necessity – Distribution of Alternative Capacity
  • The vulnerability of populations, industries
  • The role of the city in society
  • Emergency preparedness
  • Possible manmade disasters that could affect the local economy
  • Transportation policy
  • Social equity
  • Energy sources
  • Education – delivery, and funding
  • Housing prices
  • The quality of the workforce
  • The political climate
  • Regional and national competitiveness
  • The ethics of business (How are business ethics defined as Millennials move into leadership)

What would you add to this list of uncertainties facing cities?


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Daniel W. Rasmus

Daniel W. Rasmus, Founder and Principal Analyst of Serious Insights, is an internationally recognized speaker on the future of work and education. He is the author of several books, including Listening to the Future and Management by Design.

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