A Population Explosion in Brown County? Strategic Foresight Regarding Climate Change

Phil Hauck, Envision Board Member

Imagine Brown County more than doubling its population within the next 20 years. Is that likely? If so, what trends might cause such an influx of new residents to Northeast Wisconsin?

How about a need for fresh water? Or ongoing climate changes that reduce fresh water supplies in other parts of the country, pushing residents to the Great Lakes region to survive? Based on recent experience, that’s not so far-fetched. Furthermore, based on an extensive study of weather and climate disaster patterns across the U.S., including consideration of their long-range trending, two local thought leaders believe such a population shift is far from fanciful.

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Diverse Leadership Teams Perform Better

by Nanette Nelson, Envision board member

September 1, 2021

General Motors Co. is currently headed by a woman CEO and, as of March 2021, a majority of its board of directors is female. This year GM said it aims to convert nearly its entire vehicle lineup to electric by 2035.

Inclusive corporate cultures have a competitive edge, according to recent studies (see links below)—better products, sales growth and share performance.  Innovation, enabling success in today’s fast-changing, disruption-filled competitive world, is the key characteristic of these inclusive companies. Companies with above-average gender diversity on their boards and top management are more likely to have these inclusive cultures.  Women bring work styles that include enhanced communication skills, more empathy, less ego and more measured risk-taking.

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New Software Saves the Contractor Time and the Customer Money

By Phil Hauck, Envision Board Member
(watching signals of Artificial Intelligence)

Remember when construction projects started with a draftsman wielding a pencil and a straightedge? Today a homeowner can buy software that helps her size and orient rooms to get the best view from her new house. And the contractor now has scanning devices and software that drive exact layouts – to the quarter inch – that integrate plumbing, electric, mechanical, and other design features.

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