Envisioning 2020

We are the ones who are defining the future- we are one who are leading us there.”

As you may have read from other posts, this past weekend, the Fisher Net Impact club attended the Net Impact Conference in Ann Arbor, Michigan. During the keynote speech, we were asked to envision what we, as MBA students from around the country will do next- what our vision for a sustainable future is, and we were charged with asking ourselves three very provocative questions.

Envision it is October 2020:

1. What do you want to be doing?
2. What will the world look like?
3. What will you do to help us get there?

The power of the conference in my mind was that it was made up of individuals who closed their eyes ten years ago, asked themselves those same questions, answered those questions bravely, and then found ways to turn their blue sky hopes into reality. Over the course of the next two days, we had the chance to interact with a lot of individuals who were not just dreamers but doers – people who made their vision of the world real by their actions- and who found ways to be sustainable, passionate and profitable, without compromising- who found ways to take care of people and planet while still turning a pretty penny.

On the final day, I attended a session called “Conscious Capitalism” and I took away the following thought- A great business does not just maximize profit- it maximizes “total value” created on a sustained basis and it distributes that value across both shareholders and stakeholders. A great business does not just build wealth, but it enhances the health and wealth of human beings overall.

As I reflected on the students from Fisher who attended the conference, I realized that each of them have big dreams and hopes for the future.  I was inspired by their passions and their ideas, and I know, without a doubt, that a decade from now many of my classmates will turn their blue sky dreams into a new reality.

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One thought on “Envisioning 2020”

  1. Conscious Capitalism sounds like a great session! I went to Economic Development through Urban Agriculture and was brought to tears at least twice. Such amazing people changing the world one corner at a time. Love it!

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