Leadership for Economic Prosperity

23 June 2015 By Folio Community Leadership Program 2015

Following each Folio Community Leadership Program (FCLP) session, participants write a blog post on their key insights from the day. Here's one participants jey take-aways from FCLP on Friday 19 June, focused on Leadership for  Economic Prosperity. 

The day commenced with the very first Whitepaper presentation in the program.  In attempt remain unbiased I’ll limit my outline to comments for others ‘… looked at it from different angles and kept it interesting’ ‘…set a very high benchmark there!’.

The first speaker of the day was John Daley (Executive Director, Grattan Institute) who gave a really interesting overview of trends and reform priorities. John's enthusiastic and insightful approach stimulated lots of thought and questions like:

‘Should we be planning for next generation based on our values, or their values?
How do we find out what their values are?’

‘And if we don't consider intergenerational inequality, dissatisfaction will increase and
social cohesion will break down, at both an economic and social cost!’

We then moved into the panel topic: 'Who gets left behind?'. The contribution community sector organisations make to our community is undervalued, not appreciated. Emma King (CEO, VCOSS) gave a very powerful message about the real cost in the growing divide, that the hot beds in our growth corridors were predicted in a report 15 years ago.  

Danny Almagor (CEO, Small Giants) opened our mind to BCorp, a voluntary certification process designed to inspire investment for environmental, social and economic benefits.

Prof. Nick Bisley and Dr. James Leibold’s presentations on China made me realise the remarkable turnaround in the Asian economy is really just going back to BAU. It made me question our ties with the U.S. when it could limit / risk our relationship with Asia.

John Cain’s key message was that he believes there's a vacuum in public policy - parties are driven too much by opinion polls. Parties are not functioning as they should and need good policy to attract good people. The group questioned whether Australia really has a true north.  

The process of reflection on these issues didn't make me feel uncomfortable, but helped put chaos into one picture. Too often we are removed from real people who are disadvantaged. Perhaps we too are being complacent, not doing enough!

We should remember every small step counts and that we can make a difference, our steps as leaders will be followed by others!