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Inspire, Innovate, Impact: Shaping our Futures Together | Dec 8-10, 2020

Join The Futures Project for a special online edition of our annual conference – Inspire, Innovate, Impact: Shaping Our Futures Together. We’ll have engaging speakers, thought-provoking panel discussions, and action-oriented workshops, and we’ll be introducing the 2020 Cohort of Innovators for the Future. 

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We frequently publish ideas from contributors on what our futures could look like. Visit our Futures Inspiration page to get inspired. 






Get Involved

The Futures Project is a growing dialogue about the futures we want and the innovations we need to achieve them. If you are interested in getting involved, visit this page. 

Innovators for the Future: Meet the 2020 Semi-Finalists!

The Futures Project is proud to announce our 2020 Call for Innovators for the Future Semi-Finalists! Out of a pool of nearly 600 applications coming from 92 different countries, these projects stood out for their innovative ideas, passion, and commitment to the future. Take a look at our Semi-Finalists 2020 Gallery to get to know the projects!



Contributing to the UN 2030 Agenda, The Futures Project aims to be the leading global initiative that enables and implements projects, plans and strategies that bring together values-based visions for the future and innovative ideas to realise them. Together, we identify the most pressing challenges of tomorrow and help create context-specific solutions by bringing together holistic thinking, innovative approaches, technologies, talent and funding.

Explore Our Newest Blog Posts

Striving for More Quality Education for Rural Students: The Case of China during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Based on interviews with students from both urban and rural China, this Student Contribution, written by Yao Bowen, a master student in Public Policy, seeks to uncover the specific problems encountered by rural education in China amid the COVID-19 pandemic, inspire solutions to mitigate the existing policy gap, and secure a more equitable future of receiving quality education for children living in rural China.

Indigenous-Led Responses to Covid-19: Lessons for Inclusive Innovations for the Future

This post by TFP volunteer Caroline Canihan is part 2 of a 2-part series. In this second part, she explores how innovative, Indigenous-led pandemic responses can serve as models of long-term change for securing their communities’ rights, mobilising across borders, and realising a more equitable and inclusive future.

Making the case for integrated systems innovation in policymaking for a post-COVID world

This blogpost, a part of our student contribution series, was written by Sri Ranjani Mukundan, a Masters in Public Policy student at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, NUS, Singapore. In this piece, she explains the need for an integrated systems innovation approach in a post-COVID world. 

Understanding the Impacts of Covid-19 on Indigenous Peoples: Part 1

This post by TFP volunteer Caroline Canihan is part 1 of a 2-part series. This first part looks at how Covid-19 is impacting Indigenous communities around the world. Part 2 explores how innovative, Indigenous-led pandemic responses can serve as models of long-term change for securing their communities’ rights, mobilising across borders, and realising a more equitable and inclusive future.

Unsustainability of Migration Models: The Indian Case

In another instalment of our Student Contribution series, Nishat Anjum, Masters student in Economics at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, discusses the migration to urban centers in India, and how the current system has come under pressure as a consequence of the COVID-19 crisis. 

How to Achieve Sustainability – The Transformative Approach

As a contribution to our Student Contributions series, Jannik Schulz sets out the transformative approach to sustainable development. Drawing on different models, he explains how “becoming truly sustainable requires drastic change on all levels.”

COVID-19 and Digital FDI: An Opportunity for Resilient Recovery

In this blogpost, TFP Volunteer Joy Priya argues that now, while faced with the COVID-19 crisis, is the perfect moment to focus on investment in digital technologies.

Cities of the Future and ‘Pandemic Planning’

The Futures Project volunteer Naomi Milstein wrote this piece to make us reflect on how the coronavirus pandemic could influence the way our urban centres are shaped. Public health concerns have shaped city planning in the past and might well do the same in the future.

Education Inequity during COVID-19: It is Time to Consider Technology a Human Right

In the newest addition to our Student Contributions series, Ta’Mara Hill explores the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on education, focusing specifically on the United States. “It is time that access to technology be viewed not as an indulgence, but as a human right,” Ta’Mara writes.

Op-Ed: UN@75 and the Futures We Want

Op-Ed from The Futures Project CEO Dr Julia Stamm, originally published at Inter Press Service, on the big questions asked by the UN@75 and building the futures we want to see.

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