What does good leadership look like for financiers embracing a role in driving change?

Written by Caroline Ashley, Forum's Global Programmes Director, this blog draws on conversations with actors in and beyond finance, and on this new Forum paper on the Role of Finance in systems change. Read more

Enabling deep transformation in Asia: exploring the way forward

Forum’s Managing Director (Asia), Ariel Muller, reflects on our focus on addressing deep transformation versus shallow transitions, what we’ve learnt about enabling transformation in Asia, and how our programmes will deliver to these aims. Read more

Our new, inconvenient truth: an urgent need to address historic setbacks and root causes if the U.S. is to truly transform

Forum for the Future’s recently announced 2023-2025 strategy outlines our focus on enabling deep transformation in how we think about, produce, consume and value both food and energy, and the role of business in society and the economy. Here, Forum’s Director - Americas, Sandra Seru, reflects on current progress in the U.S. and outlines five ways in which sustainability professionals can work towards deep transformation. Read more

The most important choice we face: ‘shallow transition’ or ‘deep transformation’? Exploring how change happens

Right now, the sustainability movement faces a choice: to continue driving ‘shallow transitions’ or to start laying the foundations for the ‘deep transformation’ that’s long overdue. Forum’s Director of Global Programmes, Caroline Ashley, explores the difference between shallow and deep change. Read more

Reflections from the next generation working in sustainability

This International Youth Day, Sangam Paudel, Forum’s first Sustainable Futures Fellow, shares his personal reflections on his past year working in the sustainability sector and what it could mean for youth hoping to make a positive difference through their work. Read more

Can collaborations influence the way change-makers feel, think, act and partner?

The transition to regenerative agriculture in the US asks for nothing less than a complete rewiring of the current agriculture system. Here, Mary McCarthy, Forum’s Technical Lead, explores what we can learn from the collaboration and co-creation underway in the Growing our Future community about what’s needed to raise ambitions and drive deep transformation. Read more

What’s next for regenerative agriculture in the US?

As regenerative approaches in the United States gain momentum, how do we ensure that the transition to a regenerative food and agriculture system supports equitable economic prosperity while allowing people and the planet to flourish long term?  Here, Forum’s Principal Strategist, Mary McCarthy, shares insights from the Growing our Future community’s latest report, ‘What’s next for regenerative agriculture in the US?’. Read more

Is there a just and regenerative future post-Roe? Four lessons and calls to action from practitioners of systems change

In 1973, abortion was made legal across the US after a landmark ruling known as Roe v. Wade. The US Supreme Court has now overturned that right. In its widespread implications, set to ripple way beyond reproductive rights, the move represents a significant threat to what’s urgently needed: a future that is socially just, as well as ecologically sound. Here, Forum for the Future’s Associate Director of Global Development, Priya Kvam, explores the issue as a systemic challenge and outlines four ke Read more

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