a look back from the future
This article features the keynote address that Frank W. King (president and CEO of Environcorp Inc.) delivered to the PMI '90 Seminar/Symposium at Calgary, Alberta. Mr. King used a fictional scenario to illuminate how a team might assess problems and behaviors that are harmful to the future of the planet and then form project teams to carry out 'Project Earth,' designed to enable sustainable development. In this scenario, teams comprised of specialists addressed each of the following tasks: population and human resources, food security, species and ecosystems, energy, industry, urbanization, global economy, and managing the global commons. The lessons learned from this exercise included the principles of respect, responsibility, research into better ways of doing things, and reducing consumption.