The next decade could see a transition into a world of ever more destabilising shocks, or towards a reconfiguration of the systems we rely on based on goals of equity, sustainability and resilience. Forum for the Future, a leading international sustainability non-profit organisation with offices in London, New York, Singapore and Mumbai, in a recent Future of Sustainability report entitled From System Shock to System Change – Time to Transform, explores the key dynamics that lie at the heart of these transitions. It considers the interconnected nature of human and planetary health and reveals four trajectories emerging from the COVID-19 crisis. Only one of which will deliver the just transition urgently needed if we are to avert the worst of the social, climate and biodiversity crises we all face.
- The next decade could see a transition into a world of destabilising shocks or a move towards a reconfiguration of the systems we rely on based on goals of equity, sustainability and resilience.
- 2020 has exposed the inequality that is deeply embedded in our global social and economic structures.
- In sustainability circles, the term ‘regenerative’ has gone viral in recent years, applied to everything from farming and economics to leadership and organisational culture.
- By looking at alternative narratives that are emerging, we can start to understand trajectories that lead from here to alternative futures.
- The future is not something that happens to us but is something that we actively create. A transformation trajectory needs to become the dominant version of our future if we are to deliver the systemic change needed to solve our inequality, climate, biodiversity and public health challenges.