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Future Lookout for P2
The US EPA has a "Futures Staff" in the Office of Strategic Planning and
Environmental Data. With the assistance of the Science Advisory Board they have
used scenario planning and other forsight tools (i.e., vision creation, trend
analysis and monitoring, and issue analsysis scanning) to look at what the
Agency will be called upon to do in the future. They are concerned that they
will not retain or develop the proper core competencies that are necessary to
deal with these future events.
I am wondering whether of the P2 technical assistance programs have used futures
tools to look at what form P2 may take in the future. Will it become a
quality-driven program? Will the environmental role be deminished as firms
continue to focus on compliance? This is of interest to me in light of the
Hirschhorn article. Has the revolution failed or is it still being fought on
another field (or in another dimension)? If P2 enhances competitiveness, what
other tools will be used to enhance competitiveness in the future and how do we
attach environment to them? I would be curious to hear your thoughts on this
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