A two-day conference in Orlando Thursday brought hundreds of leaders together from both political business and nonprofit backgrounds. Their goal is to solve the problems of the future before they occur.
In all, six issues will get scrutiny. Water, tourism, education, universities, transportation and energy.
The two-day leadership summit began with an admonition.
"It's my prayer that today and tomorrow will be the season for all of us to have the courage to check our logos at the door," said organizer Justin Sayfie.
Keynote speaker and internet guru Arianna Huffington told the audience that change is moving so quickly, leaders need to slow down to make the best decisions.
"If you look at one of the most successful features that Apple released, it was the 'do not disturb' feature," Huffington said.
The goal here is to envision the future and solve its problems before they occur.
Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam believes water is the biggest challenge facing Florida's future.
"Well, alternative water supply development is going to be the key to avoiding water wars," Putnam said. "Nobody wins if you've got cities and counties suing each other, fighting over water."
USF Political Scientist Susan MacManus is leading a panel on tourism with big implications.
"Starting to talk about what kind of tourism we want to continue to have in Florida," MacManus said. "Of course, one of the big issues of concern is, to some, the casino gambling, the possibility of how that would either hurt or help Florida's tourism. That is something I'll be looking at."
Thursday's mission was to find problems that will disrupt the future. Friday, panelists will tackle solutions.