Pakistan: How future oriented are we?
Do you know how future oriented are we Pakistanis?
To answer, let me share two indices here:
First, Future Orientation Index of today’s top 45 economies, based on a study done by UK’s Warwick University through one billion Google searches. While Germany is No 1, Pakistan is at the bottom 45.
Source: The Guardian
Second, Long-Term Orientation Index by Geeert Hofstede, which tracks data in real time. It puts our LTO at zero (0). Yes, zero.
Source: Geert Hofstede
But all of this may change.
Pakistan is going to be one of the top 18 economies in the world in 2050 (BBC figure below), according to many reports, including from Goldman Sachs and World Bank and reported by BBC and The Economist.
My 23-year-old son, Ali Zahid, ceo, designplox.com, and I spent the 23rd March weekend (21-23 March to be precise) to lead on the Season 2 of a training workshop called FLP (Future Leaders Program 2020).
Some 40-plus beaming individuals from diverse academic backgrounds – engineers, cost & management accountants, MBAs, teachers, marketers, finance professionals, entrepreneurs and students from business schools like CBM, Iqra, Jinnah universities, and ICMAP participated.
There was also participation of a contingent from Hyderabad.
It was organized by flow, a youth leadership firm with a tagline – purposeful youth, prosperous Pakistan, an arm of SkillCity, a next-gen leadership training firm.
The venue was ICMAP’s NIPA Campus.
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Pakistan 18th largest economy in 2050. Source: BBC 2014
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The best thing about this FLP was that it was not aimed at elite segment of population.
It was for people like you and me, with one thing in common: they wanted to change the destiny of this country.
In a paperless environment, they used their laptops, iPads, smartphones to produce videos, make notes, record action points, etc. Use of paper was discouraged, so people could stretch their comfort zones.
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On one day, they were assigned to profile their future leaders.
We asked: What does your 2020 leader look like? What are their three key competencies? What are your expectation of their role and contribution? How will they help in building a developing Pakistan?
The participants came up with a video and verbal profile of their 2020 leaders in these areas:
- political leader
- MNC leader
- large-scale local enterprise leader
- SME leader
- public-sector leader
- INGO leader
- NGO leader
- cause leader
On another day, in Decision-making simulations, led by Ali, the participants became:
- A Pakistani textile exporter to Walmart, which has to go green to keep exporting
- PIA Board of Directors which needs to turn around the airline, buy new planes and start new routes
- Civil Aviation DG who has to approve new airports and refurbish existing airports with 4 C’s
With the help of video clips, the participants also visualised the fast-developing countries in our region like Dubai and Qatar.
They were shown the future of air travel, road travel, future of technology.
And the benchmark year for this exercise was 2050.
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Pakistani passport ranked second worst for international travel
Pakistan 11th strongest military in the world
Pakistan ranks 11th worst in Global Hunger Index
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Pakistan at rock bottom in Human Capital Index
Pakistan world’s 14th most fragile country
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Karachi 6th least liveable city in the world
Peshawar is the world’s second most polluted city
Pakistan among top 10 global improvers in World Bank’s 2017 Doing Business rankings
The beaming graduates of FLP 2014 with Ali & Wali. Wali is part of Pakistan’s Vision 2025 Plan committee.
The most exciting thing about the whole exercise was: its being without any trivia. No trivial physical energisers or time-wasting ice breakers, which are a usual hallmark of young professionals’ training in Pakistan.
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At the end of three days, everyone produced a 30-second video clip highlighting their action plan for themselves, leading up to Year 2020.
We just hope that when this crop of leaders take up the reins of their respective spheres of influence, things might start to look different.
Those who deserve special recognition are Muhammad Swaleh Moeen, Team Lead Flow; Hafiz Imran Siddiqui of CBM, and countless others at ICMAP and Flow.
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