Experimenting, learning and communicating about system innovation for sustainability
At Forum for the Future we aim to transform the systems that we rely on – food, energy and finance – to make them fit for the 21st Century.
Many of our partners are making great progress towards sustainability, but there are limits to what they can do on their own. We know that to address the challenges we’re facing, such as climate change, resource crunches and supply chain risk, we need to go beyond incremental change into collaborative action. Organisations working towards sustainable development not only need to change their own practices; they need to work with others to change the systems in which they operate.
We use a ‘system innovation’ approach – creating interventions which together add up to a shift in the system as a whole. This approach enables us to act on complex problems in a way that is deliberate and focused on where action is most likely to have an effect. The Forum Lab is where we learn about, experiment with and share how we can do this better and with greater impact. Our work supports Forum’s existing partnership work, and seeks new collaborators amongst leading edge thinkers and organisations.
How can you benefit from The Lab?
For businesses and organisations in the Forum Network, the Lab can give you valuable insight and tools in how to progress on sustainability. We demystify the theories of system change and produce practical examples, case studies and tools on which you can draw. The Lab helps you build your skills and confidence to apply system innovation thinking and tools to your challenges.
For sponsors, the Lab is an opportunity to shape thought leadership in a pioneering field. Sponsoring the Lab positions you as an organisation committed to profound change towards sustainability, and offers the opportunity to collaborate with other pioneering organisations working on the big challenges of our generation. Nike has signed up to be our first founder sponsor – and we are looking for a small number of other leading edge thinkers and companies to collaborate with us.
FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE FORUM LAB by checking out our brochure here.