The elder, having reached a place of personal sustainability, is obliged to look at the world objectively and suggest ways that the youth should focus and grow. The youth have energy and passion but are easily persuaded and misled (for example into war or overly constrictive alliances and agreements). The youth for me are the directorate at the Adept Living Foundation CIC (ALF) and the peers we work with.
As business man and leader of a community interest, it is an encumberment on me to produce a strategic plan, to set out the assumptions we will work to and to provide guidance and be transparent in doing so.
This Christmas 2018, our queen reminded me and ALF of its agenda. Treating the other person with respect and as a fellow human being is always a good first step towards greater understanding, so that we can build ‘bonds of affection as it promotes a common desire to live in a better, more peaceful, world’.
Our ALF peers are perplexed by the challenges facing Britain, which are not new, seem scary, but simply represent the changing, exciting opportunities of the abundant world in which we live. ALF sees that the best way we can respond to that is to focus on leading personally purposeful lives, based on mutuality; that is, to live an individually responsible life in co-creation with our community.
At the first stage of our business planning, ALF looks at the world conditions, assuming as follows:
The World Economic Lead Table (WELT) 2018 Report issued by the impartial, influential and renowned Global Construction Perspectives (GCP) and the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) state that:
- Developed world share of the economy will drop from 76% (2000) to 44% (2032).
- Western Europe drops from 30% (2000) to 13% (2032).
- World Trade Growth will continue to defeat protectionism.
- Technology will take over from Globalisation in driving the economy.
- Climate Change will impede some economic growth.
- India takes 5th WELT place. UK loses 6th to France, early post Brexit, but recovers 2020.
- Brazil takes 6th place in 2024.
- Asian countries grow, Russia declines, the US continues to grow and remain in 1st WELT place
- Mexico overtakes Spain, Italy drops out of top 10.
Disruptive technologies are taking effect such that:
- 3D Printing will transform distribution channels.
- Dematerialisation will reduce traded goods in favour of information & expertise.
- The price of energy will fall, therefore resource-based economies will need to diversify
- Air and High-Speed Rail travel are likely to be reduced
Infrastructure, Construction & Urbanisation will drive economic growth:
- Key areas will be India, China & Africa will invest
- These key areas will create gravity pull effect on economic growth
- Flexible economies must respond with need reformed welfare, tax, education and labour market polices
Britain’s opportunities lie in:
- A blend of tech & creative sectors and the creative sector which CEBR terms The Flat White Economy
- The warm relationship with the Common Wealth
- Renewing its relationship with the EU
ALF see this an exciting, yet challenging time ahead and firmly believe that the principles of ‘Peering Into the Future’ will be invaluable both in business and in community, and both of which we will continue to develop and promote.
ALF’s initial response to this is:
ALF will support the Flat White economy by continuing to work with those peers, migrants or otherwise, who are in employment or self-employment, being either directors or staff, to enhance their emotional and mental wellbeing and work even more creatively and productively. ALF will also continue supporting severely challenged peers to find a purposeful direction and, when the time is right, occupation.
The Common Wealth principles are like ALF’s, based on individual nation sovereignty, minimal intervention, but with mutuality as a defining value. The Common Wealth:
- Represents a third of the world’s population, 50% of whom are young people.
- Benefit from a common language, legal systems and institutions.
- Reduces inter member trade costs by 19%.
- Has an agreed strategic plan.
The Common Wealth’s principles, values and strategic plans will form a key plank of the work that ALF will do both in integrating within local communities, and internationally too. Those strategic plans will be addressed as the second phase of ALF’s strategic planning, with a focus on the Common Wealth’s ambition to ‘Accelerate Social Wellbeing’.
ALF considers that the UK and EU Governments will reach some form of relationship that will be mutually beneficial. Given that the international trend towards less Government intervention is more likely, ALF will focus on generating its own income and delivering Government funded programs where it is efficient and effective to do so.