Hawaii 2050 Sustainability Plan
Candid Feedback from Hawai‘i’s Leaders
To broaden community input, the Task Force conducted meetings with key stakeholders and leaders from the various sectors. The Hawai‘i 2050 Business Leadership Council was formed to gain input from the state’s top business leaders. Input and guidance from Kanaka Maoli, environmental and labor organizations were also solicited through dozens of meetings and presentations by the Task Force. Furthermore, 3point Consulting, a Honolulu-based research firm, conducted a series of interviews soliciting input on what Hawai‘i 2050 should accomplish and achieve.
Over the past two years, the Task Force met with and heard from a wide and diverse group of community leaders and stakeholders, including responding to invitations to speak and make presentations to various organizations and forums. To expand and engage community participation, key stakeholders were also asked to serve on working groups of the Task Force. For example, the following working and stakeholder groups were formed:
- Definition Work Group (to create working definition of sustainability)
- Accountability Work Group (to design Hawai‘i 2050 implementation and governance system)
- Community Expansion Work Group (to identify ways to expand participation in the community)
- Community Engagement Work Group (to design community input and planning process)
- Business Leadership Council (to solicit input from business leaders)
- Kanaka Maoli Group (to solicit input from the Kanaka Maoli)
- Environmental Group (to solicit input from environmental leaders)
- Human Services Group (to solicit input from nonprofit leaders)
- Education Group (to solicit input on ways to reach out to young people)
In so doing, the Task Force received input on Hawai‘i 2050 from hundreds of representative organizations, ranging from Hawaiian civic clubs, to environmental organizations to Hawai‘i’s top 50 corporations.
Engaging stakeholders was extremely helpful in getting candid feedback directly from Hawai‘i’s top leaders. Dozens of business CEOs, nonprofit executive directors, community activists and cultural practitioners participated. For example, in a series of stakeholder meetings with business, Kanaka Maoli, and environmental groups, key leaders provided direct input on early drafts and iterations of the policy outlines of Hawai‘i 2050. Many of the concerns and recommendations from these stakeholder groups were considered and integrated into Hawai‘i 2050. This stakeholder process also served as an important means to validate and reconcile the priorities of the community with the institutional stakeholders that would be impacted.
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