Innovators for the Future: a Global Open Call to Action

What We’re Looking For


What We’re Looking For

We seek to identify projects that help communities, building on our motto: innovation is the future delivered. You can nominate an initiative you know of, or self-nominate a project you’re affiliated with. We are especially interested in learning about work that may have gone unrecognized on the global stage, whether these initiatives are very recent or more established, provided they are relevant for today and the future. Submitted projects should target one or more of The Futures Project’s focus areas:


Solutions that ingeniously enfranchise the marginalised, bridge gaps, ensure continuity of learning and work in times of disruption, raise awareness, provide universal access to solutions and safeguard futures of communities. (e.g. education, equality, future of work, financial services)


Current projects that consciously inform, sustain and protect life on our planet, ideas that support responsible management of natural resources, means to aid well-being of individuals and communities alike, solutions in times of crises that are conscious of future impacts, movements that propagate sustainable solutions. (e.g. health, protection of biodiversity, food, energy, sustainable cities)


Mechanisms that bring people together, agile networks to mobilise collective action, critical assessments of interventions, means to foster solidarity in times of crisis, ways to mitigate conflicts. (e.g. governance, social cohesion, peace)

We’re looking for projects that are:

  • Future-oriented & optimistic: Believing in our capacity to inspire positive change and build a better world and a better future for all.

  • Unorthodox & passionate: Bold ideas that show ingenuity, passion and dedication and that move beyond traditional definitions, concerns and binaries.

  • Sustainable & responsible: Ideas that use resources with care and do not come at the cost of the well-being of others.

  • Specific & impact-driven: Projects that target clear needs of communities and their environment. Ideas that are meaningful to people.

This Call to Action is organised by The Futures Project as a contribution to the UN75 Global Conversation Initiative:

In the face of the current unprecedented global challenge, we need unprecedented solidarity, collaboration, and commitment to action. The Futures Project Call to Action brings these values, which are also at the heart of the UN@75 initiative and digital cooperation, to life. Now more than ever, we must work together on a global scale to build our shared future, through innovation, creativity, and technologies for good. I am proud to welcome The Futures Project Call to Action and its vital contribution to rising to the urgency of the moment.

Fabrizio Hochschild Drummond

Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General