Trading in the currency of hope as we work to create a just and regenerative future

At what is a critical moment for the sustainability movement, Forum for the Future’s flagship Future of Sustainability campaign shed light on what the past can teach us about our future. These insights formed the basis of our first US in-person event in more than two years. Here, Forum’s Managing Director – Americas, Sandra Seru, shares her reflections from an evening spent trading hope. Read more

Climate adaptation in resilient cities: Explorations in South Asia

What does climate adaptation look like in resilient cities? How can systems change and futures approaches be used as tools for transformative adaptation, and build resilience in ways that are equitable and inclusive? Forum’s Principal Sustainability Strategist Yamini Srivastava and Ashali Bhandari, Senior Urban Planner, Transitions Research, share key reflections. Read more

What can we do to build resilience in climate action civil society? Seven shifts to climate civil society resilience

Civil society plays a critical role in driving action to address the climate emergency. Yet the sector is facing complex challenges, including increased scrutiny and shifting regulatory goal-posts. Here, we explore what is challenging the resilience of climate action civil society and what might strengthen it, building on the excellent work already being done. Read more

Two steps forward, three steps back, now is the time for a systems lens: reflections on the UK’s new energy security strategy

The UK government’s latest energy security strategy, released on 7th April, puts offshore wind and nuclear power at the heart of its new policy. Forum’s Associate Director of UK/Europe, Martin Hunt, and Climate Strategist, Iain Watt, share key reflections on the latest paper and the change needed to create a just and regenerative energy system. Read more

Can Current ESG Investments Address the Climate Crisis?

While environmental, social and governance (ESG) integration in Asia was still in its relative infancy two years ago, the Covid-19 pandemic has increased ESG investments. The example of the protein system shows that while the push for ESG metrics is a step in the right direction, it falls short of enabling the deep transformations needed to build a just and resilient future. Read more

Net-zero as a milestone, not destination

As COP26 arrives, Forum’s Associate Director - Transformational Strategies, James Payne, and Global Programmes Director, Caroline Ashley, explore the need to reset our ambition, aiming not for a net zero world but a just and regenerative one. Read more

Ambition, adaptation and altered mindsets: what does COP26 need to deliver?

With COP26 fast approaching, Forum’s Dhaval Negandhi, Associate Director for Climate, and Hannah Pathak, Director - Forum UK/Europe, call out five key elements the Climate Summit must address if we are to achieve the deep transformation needed to meet the Paris Agreement and deliver a just and regenerative future. Read more

2021: deep transformation or shallow change?

Forum for the Future’s Chief Executive, Dr Sally Uren, explores what is needed as the sustainability movement hits a vital inflection point. Read more

Diagnose. Design. Deliver: Creating a future-fit organisational purpose

As immense global disruption continues, businesses can and must take the opportunity to re-evaluate their organisational purpose if they are to emerge stronger and more prepared for the turbulent 2020s. Here, Forum for the Future’s Dr Sally Uren shares her thoughts on the ‘three D’s’ critical to ensuring this re-evaluation puts sustainability and the need to embrace a just transition at its heart. Read more

How will you reboot the future?

How can we inspire change and support young people to take climate action in a positive and personal way? A new campaign sets to engage 14-19 year old students to stimulate debate and action as we approach COP26. Read more

The mindset of a good business leader for an inclusive future

22/02/2021 The 2020s urgently need effective and ambitious business leaders, working to create a more sustainable and inclusive future. Caroline Ashley, Forum's Global Director of System Change Programmes, discusses the keys skills needed and explains why it's all about CHARM. Read more

Towards resilience: building energy systems with community at their heart

15/02/2021 Rebecca Lawson explores the fragility, inefficiency and inequality embedded in our energy system – all of which have become clearer than ever during the pandemic – and explains why resilient communities must be at the heart of building the energy sector of the future. Read more

Business risk and the pandemic: Insights from sustainability leaders

Oriana Brine, Senior Sustainability Strategist, examines the importance of ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) in how organisations responded to the pandemic, and what we can learn from this to create future-fit businesses. Read more

Sustainable mobility in 2021 & beyond: three dynamic areas & how to intervene systemically

As we swiftly close the door to 2020, and look forward to 2021, I took time to look broadly at the present and future of mobility systems and sustainability. Read more

2020 to 2021: From turbulence to transformation?

As the curtain falls on one of the most turbulent years of our lives, Forum’s CEO, Dr Sally Uren, explores three key lessons from 2020 and outlines what will be required next year if we’re to create a just and regenerative future. Read more

Catalysing systemic action for a more sustainable tea sector – the story of Tea 2030

Forum's Chief Executive, Dr Sally Uren, shares her insights into Forum’s Tea 2030 initiative. What system change strategies were used in programme design? And what did we achieve? Read more

Systems change in practice: COVID-19 and India’s healthcare system

How can systems thinking be applied and broken down in practice? What qualifies as a ‘systemic problem’ when we talk about social change? In this long-read, Hansika Singh, Principal Strategist, explores system change through COVID-19 and India’s healthcare system. Read more