About Australian Community Futures Planning
Australian Community Futures Planning was founded in March 2020 by Bronwyn Kelly, author of By 2050: Planning a better future for our children in 21st Century democratic Australia.
ACFP is an independent non-profit entity established for the purpose of encouraging greater participation by Australians in planning their long term future within a 21st century democracy.
ACFP has no affiliation with any political party inside or outside Australia. It receives no political party funding.
As at June 2020, ACFP had no funding from any source other than in-kind commitments from its founder and was not seeking donations. From 2020 until at least 2022 ACFP will be in start-up phase, pursuing a range of alliances with willing participants in local government, the progressive media, open-minded progressive activist community associations, relevant university institutions, specialist centres of excellence, think tanks, peak environmental groups, scientists, economists, Indigenous and human rights advocates, and statisticians. These alliances are being sought for the purpose of collaborative community futures planning via the use of quality National Integrated Planning & Reporting - National IP&R.
Click here to find out more about ACFP's start-up program for establishment of an Alliance for National IP&R.
About the Founder of ACFP
DR BRONWYN KELLY
Bronwyn Kelly is an Australian public sector professional with thirty years’ experience in the Senior Executive Service of state and local government in NSW (1984-2014). Her experience traverses government sector reform, policy development, profitable management of government commercial trading enterprises, utilities operation, environmental and scientific management and integrated long term community strategic planning. She has held senior positions in Sydney Water, Australian Water Technologies, the NSW Government Cabinet Office, and in the 1980s was a senior policy advisor to a state government minister in NSW. As a Director of Corporate and Technical Services in local government for fifteen years from 1999, she pioneered innovative and best practice implementation of Integrated Planning & Reporting – a legislated form of community futures planning operating in local government in several states of Australia. In By 2050, Dr Kelly adapted that experience so that Integrated Planning & Reporting can be used by any and all Australians to create their own national community futures plan.
Dr Kelly is an Honorary Professional Fellow at the University of Technology Sydney* in the Institute for Public Policy and Governance.
* ACFP is not operated for or on behalf of UTS. It is an independent entity.
UTS has no responsibility for the activities of Australian Community Futures Planning.
About By 2050
By 2050: Planning a better future for our children in 21st century democratic Australia
At ACFP we are using a new community engagement and planning framework called National Integrated Planning & Reporting or National IP&R to create:
Australia's first National Community Futures Plan -
By 2050 establishes that framework and methodology. It establishes a base of excellence in planning for the society, environment, economy and governance Australians want by 2050.
By 2050 also functions as an issues paper for Australia - a consolidated picture of our position in 2020 and the challenges we are facing as a nation that will need to be resolved if we are to make our particular Vision for a better future a reality by 2050.
Adult Australians in the 2020s are likely to be the first generation in a century who will fail to leave a better future and quality of life to their children and grandchildren. But it is still possible to rescue a better, even a wonderful future, if we work together to describe it fully, plan our way towards it inclusively and methodically, and then persistently hold our governments to account for their part in delivering it.
By 2050 examines Australia’s current capacity, strengths and weaknesses as a modern society, economy, environmental custodian and democracy, and looks at our preparedness for the coming challenges. The conclusion is that Australian governments and political leaders are currently incapacitated to the point where they are unable to offer a compelling vision for our future, let alone a path towards it. That path can only be found by Australians working together, using their democracy more effectively than they are now.
By 2050 offers a practical way of organising ourselves as a nation to imagine our preferred future and develop an Integrated Planning & Reporting process to make it a reality. This is an efficient process in which any and all Australians can become engaged and which can significantly increase our chances of arriving at a better future by 2050 or sooner, via the most acceptable routes. It allows us to shift to a space where we the people – in all our diversity – can act together and partner with ethical governments, businesses and institutions. This is a space of proactive participatory democracy where power and national wealth are more fairly shared.
By 2050 demonstrates how this shift in the balance of power between us and our governments can arise from a system which gives precedence to the coherent plans of a diverse community over the divergent, short-sighted platforms of political parties. Implemented well, this national community futures planning and reporting process can make transcendence of politics and ideology a common feature of our democracy instead of a rarity.