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The Board selected five topics of study for the coming three year period based on “what is most important” and “what is most structural” as opposed to just focusing on what is most urgent, or what all give only short term, low level results.  Because the attributes of a resilient society are inter-related, these five research topics, too, will be treated in a non-linear fashion, showing the interconnectedness of the required policies, programs and processes needed to create a resilient society.

These topics are the result of concerns born out of responses to a set of interview questions answered by leaders of the local community.  These leaders were selected because of their long term successes in the community or because they are emerging global shapers within the community who share concerns about the lack of resiliency within the local society.

Governance

As small island nations develop their identity and shift toward self-governance, the focus will be around the governance structures and governance practices that best empower small island nations to develop.

Economic growth, employment, private sector

As economies adjust to the vulnerabilities of a global economic system, the focus will be toward what government policies are most likely to contribute to economic growth, full employment and a strong, sustainable private sector.

Education and Formation/Mindset

With the global lynchpin on resilient communities, the focus of this research will be toward what are the most effective approaches to education and formation that lead to the development of resilient global citizens with a global mindset. This society recognizes that it is emerging from a society that has been challenged along ethnic, religious and linguistic lines.

Environmental Sustainability/Energy

As more and more countries seek to be environmentally resilient with sustainable economies, they strive to comply with the Paris Accord and the Climate Reality facts.  This study will focus on the important features of an Energy policy to this country’s sustainable development.

Corruption

Globally, regionally and locally, the community is concerned with the costs of corruption in a society; therefore, the focus of this study will be the causes of and policies and regulations to best mitigate it.