The oldest design philosophy in the world
Systems thinker, Donella Meadows, once said that our most intractable global problems arise from the mismatch between the way we see the world and the it actually is. We treat it as if it were divisible, separable, simple and infinite when, in fact, we are connected with everything and everything with us in one, single, complex system.
One of the keys to sustainability lies in changing how we interact with one another and with the living ecosystems we’re part of – making the shift from seeing ourselves as separate from nature to seeing ourselves as totally embedded within it.
Forum for the Future thinks humanity can learn from the principles that govern living systems to help us find ways of sustaining our society. This includes how we understand the roles of people and organisations in influencing the world around them. After all, in living ecosystems, it’s the behaviour of individual organisms acting in concert that sustains the conditions for life and through which ecosystems adapt and evolve.
Experiment with us
Here we will share our experimental projects in this space as they unfold. We hope this contributes to the growing body of knowledge and practice and in this space, and helps ourselves and others to spot emerging patterns and to connect with one another.
Here are our first experiments and here’s how you can get involved.
Living Grid: energy inspired by life
The Living Grid is a community of pioneering organisations who are demonstrating a radically new and better energy system that’s inspired by living ecosystems.
Share your perspective as part of our global online conversation asking “How we might design an energy system that can continuously renew itself?” Check out contributions from experts in living systems design and biomimicry, such as Michael Pawlyn and Bill Reed, as well as corporate energy users, community energy and local authority representatives, and others inspired to explore with us.
Living Change events: an informal drinks event for innovators and disruptors
Living Change is series of events aims to create a community space for people to come together to feel less alone in their change-making quest, a place of honesty to bring work challenges as well as individual perspectives.
We hold events every couple of months. Why don’t you join us?
You can find out more about Forum for the Future’s learning, insights, projects and observations as we strive to catalyse system change at System Change Field Notes
Our approach is inherently collaborative. We work with a diverse people and organisations and we’re continuously stretching ourselves and our ventures.
If what you’re reading here strikes a chord. Please do reach out to us.