THE CENTRE FOR THE FUTURE

THERE'S A FUNDAMENTAL
QUESTION FACING HUMANITY

AND OUR SURVIVAL DEPENDS NOT ONLY ON HOW WE
ANSWER IT BUT WHEN

"ARE WE WISE ENOUGH TO
SURVIVE OUR OWN SUCCESS?"

"Many of the fundamental tenets upon which modern societies were constructed may no longer be appropriate for contemporary conditions"

Rising ocean levels caused by the climate crisis

By 2100, it is estimated our oceans will be one to four feet higher, threatening coastal systems and low-lying areas, including entire island nations and some of the world’s largest cities – such as New York, Mumbai, Sydney, Bangkok and Rio de Janeiro.

The growing exclusivity of capitalism

“The world has gone mad and the system is broken. An overzealous lending market, a growing mountain of government debt and a widening divide between the rich and poor has created a set of circumstances that is unsustainable”. That is why I believe that the world is approaching a big paradigm shift. Ray Dalio – Chairman, Bridgewater & Associates

The unacceptable cost of industrial agriculture

Over the last 100 years the average amount of land available for food, energy, water and materials has fallen from 8 hectares per person to 2 hectares per person. While livestock uses 30% of the Earth’s entire land surface and takes up nearly 80% of all agricultural land, it is responsible for 18% of the total release of greenhouse gases.

Democracy has become an illusion

“Since the end of the Cold War, most democratic breakdowns have been caused not by generals and soldiers but by elected governments themselves. Democratic backsliding today begins at the ballot box. The electoral road to breakdown is dangerously deceptive”. Professor Steven Levitsky – Harvard University

The economic & human price of violence

The economic impact of violence to the global economy was $13.6 trillion in 2015 in terms of purchasing power parity. 2015 also witnessed the highest number of global battle deaths for 25 years, persistently high levels of terrorism, and the highest number of refugees and displaced people since World War II.

The unknown future of machine intelligence

“The notion of superhumans is using bioengineering and artificial intelligence to upgrade human abilities. If they use the power to change themselves, to change their own minds, their own desires, then we have no idea what they will want to do”. Yuval Noah Harari – Author

Decarbonizing the economy rapidly at scale

Decarbonizing the global economy is vital. This presents unprecedented problems, yet none are insurmountable. There exists a plethora of financial mechanisms that could fund rapid decarbonization, in such a way that the macroeconomy actually grows faster than if we continue business-as-usual. An abundance of technologies is available that could help draw carbon down from the atmosphere. Decarbonization will not hurt the economy even in the short term. Yet we are still reluctant to act. Why is that?

The burden of obesity and undernourishment

“While more than 149 million children worldwide have stunted growth, childhood obesity is increasing, and suboptimal diets are responsible for one in five adult deaths globally. The economic, social, and environmental costs of inaction will hinder the growth and development of individuals and societies for decades to come”. – World Health Organisation.

A CRISIS CAUSED BY OUR OWN SUCCESS

The challenge facing us results from the models we use to first imagine and then express who we are. And this effects everything – from what matters to what’s possible. We’ve lost the truth underlying what it means to be human.

 

First we shape our structures – but then our structures shape us. All systems on Earth are perfectly designed to get the results they produce. If we don’t like the results we must redesign the system. The problem is that our most ‘life-critical’ systems were designed to consciously evolve.

 

Too few of us are focused on the radical change required to impact the lives of the billions of people under threat. Not enough of us are building a world our grandchildren will be grateful to inherit. Currently our legacy isn’t one that will endure.

Change our lens or perspective on any situation and we shift our beliefs. 


Shift our beliefs and we see new opportunities. 


See new opportunities and we CHANGE THE GAME

GREGORY BATESON

“The major problems in the world are the result of the difference between how nature works and the way people think”