Every major problem affecting society, from climate change, to a lack of adequate housing, or the obesity epidemic, can be influenced by positive planning.
But this is a very complex system; societies are increasingly interconnected, problems seem to be multiplying and the future is hard to predict.
Part of the problem is how we look at the future, part of it is our inability or unwillingness to take the voices of the future into account when making decisions, and part of the problem is the framework of how we make decisions that impact decades or centuries into the future.
The theme of TEDx Ruakura 2016 was Morphosis.
Dr Iain White is Professor of Environmental Planning at the School of Social Sciences in the University of Waikato.
Originally from the UK where he completed his PhD at the University of Manchester, Iain was the Director of the Centre for Urban and Regional Ecology at the University of Manchester, UK.
He is currently on the Scientific Leadership Board of ‘National Science Challange 11: Building, Better Homes, Towns and Cities’, a researcher in ‘National Science Challenge 6: Resilience to Natures Hazards’, and part of the new Centre of Research Excellence, ‘QuakeCORE’
His main areas of interest include researching town planning, environmental change and its’ impacts, particularly on policy and politics. A widely published author, Iain has published and co-published several books, and appeared in numerous journals.
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