ABOUT THE FUTURES PROJECT
The Futures Project aims to change the global dialogue about innovation and the future. We bring people together across borders and sectors to create shared visions for the future and facilitate the action and innovation that bring these visions to life.
Based on the UN’s Agenda 2030, The Futures Project is committed to ensuring that all human beings can enjoy prosperous and fulfilling lives and that economic, social and technological progress are based on universal values and occur in harmony with nature. In order to achieve this, The Futures Project aims to champion a novel approach that brings together values-based visions for the futures of mankind and innovative ideas to realise them.
Born out of the ever-more apparent need to shift our perspective in the way we look at the interaction between technology and society, The Futures Project, a not-for-profit company, was founded in 2019 by the initiative’s Chair Dr Julia Stamm. The work and activities of The Futures Project are supported by the Global Advisory Board and its Steering Committee, as well as by The Futures Project team.
With the aim of contributing to the UN’s Agenda 2030, The Futures Project is the leading global platform that enables, supports and implements projects, plans and strategies that bring together values-based visions for the future and innovative ideas to realise them. A network of networks, we connect people across sectors, disciplines, countries, and generations to identify the most pressing challenges of tomorrow, ask critical questions and co-create context-specific solutions, bringing together systemic thinking, innovative approaches, talent and funding.
Technology is advancing at an unprecedented rate, but too often, it is seen as an end in itself, rather than as a tool to help solve problems. Too frequently, it is not designed or deployed with a societal vision in mind, and its development fails to consider the voices and needs of stakeholders and communities that aren’t typically heard but should be included in the problem-solving and solution design process.. Furthermore, definitions of innovation often tend to be narrow, failing to consider that innovative thinking doesn’t always mean new, flashy, high-tech, or digital, but that innovation can have many forms and shapes.
The world’s most pressing challenges demand a new way of thinking—a holistic approach that systematically asks: what are the futures we want, and how can innovation and technology help us realise them? How can we work together across sectors, barriers and borders to get things done? These are the questions at the heart of our work and it is precisely this holistic approach that sets The Futures Project apart.
Boundary-spanning: The Futures Project has a global vocation that emphasizes meaningful collaboration across borders, disciplines, generations, and sectors.
Holistic: The Futures Project approach brings vision, reflection and action together.
Action-oriented: We facilitate action to foster life-centred, frugal innovation.
Inclusive and diverse: We ground our work in a multitude of perspectives, providing space for out-of-the-box ideas and unfettered thinking
Co-creative: We work together to understand, envision, and create the futures we want.