THE CENTRE FOR THE FUTURE
WHAT IS THE ACADEMY?
The Academy is a community of scholars, drawn from diverse cultures, who reflect upon and provide fresh contexts for selecting the most appropriate intervention points in systems that are failing. Academicians offer transformational insights, practices and alternative design ontologies as an alternative to more dystopian views. A common feature is the ability of all academicians to collaborate in framing and expressing new knowledge regarding the most serious challenges facing human societies. They deem the human family to be at a critical juncture in its evolution. This is not only because our shared worldview has created socio-economic conditions that are divisive, and potentially catastrophic, but because it exhibits factors indicating its most accepted constructs are worn out skeletons of past success models – used futures unable to sustain themselves in today’s world.
The purpose of the Academy is to reflect on and conceptualize the nature of diverse world-systems – through renewal narratives and within design ontologies that extend far beyond and outside the system that frames our current collective worldview and shared experiences. Core to the Academy’s mission is to steer the CFTF’s agenda of a Mindful Uprising and, by so doing, to inject hope into futures-focused narratives for the human family, address global issues from a base of philosophical activism, and answer the fundamental question of what it means to be human in today’s world.