REOS: Innovation in Complex Social Systems
Reos Partners is an international organisation dedicated to supporting and building capacity for innovative collective action in complex social systems.
Resilient Futures is about how to create opportunity ahead of complex change. Join other decision makers and innovators in learning and applying a ‘next practice’ strategic framework for creating opportunities ahead of complex change.
The 21st century humanitarian organisation has to start now to prepare for changes in the dynamics and dimensions of crisis threats and ways to deal with them. Under Futures issues, we attempt to define what we mean by futures, long-term humanitarian crisis drivers and the 21st century organisation and its characteristics. Under Futures issues, we also provide some of the practical challenges that the future holds for all of us as well as some suggestions about what one needs to do to prepare for that future. Read: The Future of Globalization and its Humanitarian Impacts.
The objective of the Project is to encourage a more profound and continuous interaction between long-range thinking and actual policy-making. Forward Engagement makes a compound statement: (1) that major social change is accelerating at a rate fast enough to challenge the adaptive capacity of whole societies, including our own; (2) that foresight - the disciplined analysis of alternative futures - can provide timely warning of major issues ahead; and (3) that governance - the process by which policy is set and carried out - needs to institutionalize foresight.
The Future of Humanity Institute (FHI) is a unique multidisciplinary research institute at the University of Oxford. FHI belongs to the Faculty of Philosophy and the James Martin 21st Century School. FHI's mission is to bring excellent scholarship to bear on big-picture questions for humanity. Our work centres on how anticipated technological developments may affect the human condition in fundamental ways?-and how we can better understand, evaluate, and respond to radical change.
‘In Pursuit of the Future’ was a three-year research project under the UK Economic and Social Research Council’s Professorial Fellowship Scheme (2003-2006). This research project is designed to produce knowledge for sharing with people across academic disciplines and non-academic institutions.The site contains some important theoretical writings about "future time." The project was led by Professor Barbara Adam, a trans-disciplinary social theorist, internationally renowned for the study of social time. She is founding editor of the Journal Time & Society.
Millennia 2015 is a foresight research process about the generic topic of "Women actors of development for the global challenges". Organized by The Destree Institute and its partners, Millennia 2015's work is structured through three international conferences aiming at building, by 2015, a positive vision of the future by women for the entire world at the horizon 2025. Millennia 2015 works with foresight as a method and the information society as context.
The flagship activity of the European Science Foundation’s strategic arm, Forward Looks enable Europe’s scientific community, in interaction with policy makers, to develop medium to long-term views and analyses of future research developments with the aim of defining research agendas at national and European level.
FutureScenarios.org presents an integrated approach to understanding the potential interaction between Climate Change and Peak Oil using a scenario planning model. In the process I introduce permaculture as a design system specifically evolved over the last 30 years to creatively respond to futures that involve progressively less and less available energy.
The EFMN is a NETWORK of policy professionals, foresight experts and practitioners as well as analysts of Science, Technology and Innovation related issues. The EFMN develops foresight related CONTENT, analyzed in an annual WORKSHOP and disseminated via a WEBSITE and MAILING LIST. Membership of the network is free. The WFMN is financed by the European Commission Directorate General for Research as part of a series of initiatives to provide a Foresight Knowledge Sharing Platform for foresight practitioners and policy makers in the European Union.
The Long Now Foundation hopes to provide a counterpoint to today's "faster/cheaper" mind set and promote "slower/better" thinking. We hope to creatively foster responsibility in the framework of the next 10,000 years. The term was coined by one of our founding board members, Brian Eno. When Brian first moved to New York City he found that in New York here and now meant this room and this five minutes, as opposed to the larger here and longer now that he was used to in England. We have since adopted the term as the title of our foundation as we are trying to stretch out what people consider as now.
o.s.Earth's Global Simulation Workshop is an exciting and innovative learning tool for academic, community, and professional organizations. A direct descendant of Buckminster Fuller’s famous World Game™, the Global Simulation Workshop is an interactive game that builds critical skills, social bonds, and global awareness.
The Millennium Project was commissioned by the United Nations Secretary-General in 2002 to develop a concrete action plan for the world to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and to reverse the grinding poverty, hunger and disease affecting billions of people. At the Millennium Summit in September 2000 the largest gathering of world leaders in history adopted the UN Millennium Declaration, committing their nations to a new global partnership to reduce extreme poverty and setting out a series of time-bound targets, with a deadline of 2015, that have become known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
The UNGC - Cities Programme is an urban-focused component of the UN Global Compact. The programme provides a unique model for cities across the globe to develop innovative and sustainable solutions to long-term and intractable challenges based on the ten principles of the Global Compact in the areas of human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption.
[Voice of Future Generations] The World Future Council brings the interests of future generations to the centre of policy making. Its 50 eminent members from around the globe have already successfully promoted change. The Council addresses challenges to our common future and provides decision-makers with effective policy solutions. In-depth research underpins advocacy work for international agreements, regional policy frameworks and national lawmaking and thus produces practical and tangible results.
The Foundation for the Rights of Future Generations (FRFG) is a research institute on the interface of science, politics and the business world. It improves the knowledge concerning intergenerational justice and sustainability through its profound and practice orientated research. Young scientists from several disciplines are working for the FRFG on interdisciplinary projects.
Sustainable Cities™ is a database providing knowledge and inspiration on the sustainable planning of cities and best practise cases from Danish and international cities. The database was launched at the 11th International Architecture Biennale in Venice in September 2008. We aim to inspire and engage in conversations about sustainable cities with people, communities and organizations from all over the world. We collect and disseminate knowledge in order to help people and cities become more sustainable in future.
Dr. Portney teaches courses in methodology, judicial politics, public administration, survey research, and environmental politics at Tufts University. He is the author of Taking Sustainable Cities Seriously: Economic Development, the Environment, and Quality of Life in American Cities (MIT Press, 2003). American cities have already laid the groundwork for the pathway to a national green economy. It is time for our national policies to embrace and expand what these cities have accomplished.
The Millennium Project is a global participatory futures research think tank of futurists, scholars, business planners, and policy makers who work for international organizations, governments, corporations, NGOs, and universities. The Millennium Project manages a coherent and cumulative process that collects and assesses judgements from its several hundred participants to produce the annual "State of the Future"
The Tellus Institute is based in Boston Massachussetts. It claims that a new epoch – the planetary phase of civilization – is upon us. The world's people and the biosphere are bound to a common fate. But what form of global civilization will emerge in the coming decades? In the face of the unfolding perils of social antagonism, violent conflict, and environmental stress, pessimists may be forgiven for their dark forebodings and dreamers for their doubts. Yet, it is not too late to shape a future of sustainability, justice, human well-being, and peace – a Great Transition.
Positive Futures Network is an independent, nonprofit organization supporting people’s active engagement in creating a just, sustainable, and compassionate world. The Positive Futures Network (PFN) and its publication YES! magazine start with the belief that we need deep change if we are to avoid the breakdown of society and the natural world.
Humanity+ is an international nonprofit membership organization which advocates the ethical use of technology to expand human capacities. We support the development of and access to new technologies that enable everyone to enjoy better minds, better bodies and better lives. In other words, we want people to be better than well.
ASF is an educational 501(c)(3) nonprofit engaged in outreach, education, research, and selective advocacy with respect to issues of accelerating change. ASF explores our increasingly technological and computational world via four key services: advancing awareness and dialog through public Outreach; high school, undergraduate and graduate initiatives for Education; roadmapping, forecasting, scenarios and other data-driven Research; and selected technological, economic, political and social Advocacy with regard to accelerating processes of change.
Indisputably the world is undergoing a fundamental transformational process, a global change. Which trend the change will follow is in the hands of those, who have the decisive power to direct and design the change. In the course of younger history, science, technology, economy, and communication have peaked in a way that promises to solve the material problems caused by the development of the very same abilities. Considering this the WorldShift Network will be guided by human abilities which have been neglected for a long time: self-awareness, compassion and wisdom.
The Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future convenes symposia and conducts interdisciplinary, policy-relevant, and future-oriented research that contributes to long-term improvements in the human condition. It aims to facilitate intellectual inquiry and generate scholarly discourse and policy options on longer-range challenges and to seek to identify, anticipate, and enhance the potential for human progress in the longer-range future (35-200 years range).
The Institute for Futures Studies and Technology Assessment (IZT) is a non-profit research institute, founded in 1981. Its main tasks are the realisation of research projects, delivering expert opinions, and advising political and industrial decision makers. The IZT is an independent non-profit organisation. Most scientific work concentrates upon research relevant to the future, the analysis of developments and implementation of new technologies and the assessment and evaluation of their influence on economy, politics, ecology and social issues.
Future Scanner is a community-powered application that organizes user-submitted links about the future by year and category. Community voting enables the best links to end up on the front page.
The Global Foresight Network is a rapidly growing network of researchers, thinkers, consultants and alliances. We focus on the issue of Strategic Foresight. Our mission is to be recognised as a world class brand, provider and facilitator of Strategic Foresight methodology.
Shaping tomorrow is a collaborative web portal based in the UK with a global team of researchers, each with a subject specialization.Our information comes from rigorous and continuous physical searches for quality future-related sites. We are trained environmental scanners and trends researchers, not an automated web crawler. We have backgrounds in professional futures, market research, publishing, and senior management roles in many of the industries we cover. It includes The Foresight Network.
EcoLabs is a network of designers & visual artists addressing sustainability & systemic change.