Hawaii 2050 Sustainability Plan
Lessons and Observations about Hawai‘i 2050 Community Dialogue
Over the course of eighteen months, the Task Force heard the voices of thousands. Our Hawai‘i 2050 meetings were met mostly with optimism, enthusiasm, and occasionally with skepticism and hostility – but mostly optimism. Most participants agreed that creating a sustainable Hawai‘i was important, and we needed to have a long-range vision for our state. Some saw no value in looking at Hawai‘i’s future beyond five to ten years out. Most wanted a balanced approach to Hawai‘i’s long-term future. Others saw little room for compromise.
Whatever their opinion or viewpoint, participants from all walks of life approached Hawai‘i 2050 with vigor and passion. They wanted to provide input. They wanted a say in Hawai‘i’s future.
Participants often wanted more cross-sector dialogue. They appreciated providing input as business, labor, community and environmental leaders, yet wanting an opportunity to dialogue beyond their own peers. Stakeholders wanted a chance to exchange their views with other types of stakeholders.
This willingness of people to engage in cross-sector dialogue suggests a strong and healthy community. Because achieving our long-range sustainability goals will require interaction and collaboration among all sectors, the dialogue to date is a good indication that Hawai‘i 2050 has a fighting chance to succeed.
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