SUSTAINABLE FUTURES AND CONCEPTS, By Louise Armstrong, Forum for the Future

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SUSTAINABLE FUTURES AND CONCEPTS, By Louise Armstrong, Forum for the Future

  1. 1. Sustainable futures & concepts Louise Armstrong Forum for the Future l.armstrong@forumforthefuture.org @louise_a
  2. 2. New York Mumbai London Singapore Forum for the Future is a sustainability non-profit that works globally with business, government and others to solve tricky challenges. Who are we ?
  3. 3. We’re on a mission to create a sustainable future by shifting the key systems upon which we rely. Individual efforts will only take us so far Together we can step up the pace of change Let’s lead the way in shaping the future #theBIGshift
  4. 4. A set of initiatives that lead to shifting in a whole system – a sector, a city, an economy – onto a sustainable path “solving the tricky sustainability challenges that are too big for one organisation to tackle on their own” System innovation
  5. 5. System innovation
  6. 6. Leading company transformation 17 years experience working with ambitious companies who want to develop strategies that combine sustainability and business success Innovation coalitions Bringing together groups to solve bigger sustainability challenges - including whole value chains and sectors.
  7. 7. visions long-term trends scenarios emerging trends futures is… a structured exploration of the future to improve decision making today
  8. 8. 1 ….new perspectives 2 ….better ideas 4 ….creativity & innovation 3 ….joining up & building consensus
  9. 9. A sample project…
  10. 10. “What’s the role of technology in helping people lead more sustainable lives in 2025?”
  11. 11. Scenarios…….
  12. 12. + + Used to generate concepts….
  13. 13. Concepts help people suspend disbelief about what is possible….
  14. 14. Wandular ecosystem
  15. 15. Inspired by: Business modelling Platform for others e.g. Fair Phone Physical prototyping Technical feasibility & prototype Conversation starter Fuelling further research -CLEVER ….? ……? Toolkit for designers & students
  16. 16. Inspired by:
  17. 17. Inspired by:
  18. 18. So what does all of this mean…?
  19. 19. Higher education can play a role…. 1. Nurturing future thinking skills & techniques for sustainability 2. Encourage system thinking 3. Collaborate to help bring more concepts to life
  20. 20. Free resources & tools! 23 1. Nurturing future thinking skills & techniques for sustainability
  21. 21. 1. Nurturing future thinking skills & techniques for sustainability
  22. 22. 2. Encourage system thinking …
  23. 23. 3. Collaborate to help bring more concepts to life GLOCAL Pilot in Majorca: closed loop production of local cleaning products Global R&D knowledge + Meets local skills & resources + Applied international research Barcelona University
  24. 24. • Experimenting • Learning • Communicating about system innovation for a sustainable world. The Forum Lab
  25. 25. Louise Armstrong Forum for the Future l.armstrong@forumforthefuture.org @louise_a

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