Creating a new agenda creates new opportunities. Continued attention to old agendas requires us to remain in the past and it diverts vital energy from creating the future. With every change or crisis, the world becomes a different place and requires a different agenda. Further, as Kate Ellis discovered, those now joining the debate have “very different experiences [and] very different perspectives to the generations that have gone before them.”1 The agenda can never be simply ‘going back to the way it was.’ Four leadership tasks follow. Change the agenda. Drop some old issues. Identify new priorities. Reframe the questions.
1 Kate Ellis , Australian Youth Minister, quoted in “Young people set the agenda for 2020” by Michael Turtle, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 14 April 2008.