We will not achieve the transition to a sustainable and desirable future using conventional thinking alone. If we are to successfully tackle the complex and far-reaching economic, environmental and social challenges of the 21 st Century, we need to develop and apply innovative ways of thinking and working.
At the Institute for Sustainable Futures, we are involved in the ongoing development and application of innovative frameworks for understanding sustainability. We can help your organisation to understand and apply these frameworks to deliver new insights. Some examples include:
Integral theory: we are one of the few sites around the world that has actively applied Ken Wilber's Integral theory to explore sustainable futures. Integral theory is a way of ensuring that all relevant perspectives are included in defining and addressing a problem. These perspectives include behavioural, systemic, psychological, cultural and developmental perspectives. Dr Chris Riedy used Integral theory to examines Australia's climate change response and we continue to apply this framework in our research and consulting.
The long view: sustainability requires us to take the long view, well beyond budgetary or electoral cycles. We have extensive experience in long-term futures thinking and use various foresight techniques to assist our clients to think about the future. We have also undertaken specific research into the causes of, and solutions to, short-termism, particularly in relation to institutional investment.
Bringing about a sustainable future requires foresight to identify trends that are leading us towards undesirable futures and creativity to develop visions of alternative futures. We are interested in research that develops and applies futures thinking and methods to explore sustainability problems.
Big picture questions
- How can we embed social foresight capacity in decision-making institutions?
- What can an Integral futures approach tell us about how to address sustainability problems?
- How can we identify present actions and pathways that are consistent with our visions of a desirable future?
- How can futures work achieve influence on public policy and decision-making?