Head of School of System Change, Forum for the Future
@laurachaosmilk

Laura is head of the School of System Change at Forum for the Future. She works to develop the School as a networked organisation that supports change-makers from diverse backgrounds and contexts, providing them with new capabilities to tackle an increasingly complex set of sustainability challenges. Laura's own practice stems from living systems and regenerative approaches, learnt and applied across multiple small-scale and large-scale projects.

After a BA in French and History at Oxford University and a Masters in French literature at the Sorbonne, Laura spent fifteen years in France contributing to the emergence of an ecosystem of actors around social innovation and the social and solidarity economy, from large health mutual to social enterprises to community grass-roots organisations. Sustainability-minded from childhood, she then trained more extensively in futures and systemic approaches to our current challenges before joining Forum for the Future in 2016 to launch the School of System Change.

Outside work, Laura has always been actively involved in a voluntary capacity in ecological and new economy projects, from local orchards outside Paris, to the ethical committee of France’s ethical bank La Nef, to supporting publications around the symbiotic economy, or co-organising a natural wine fair. Laura is passionate about regenerative development, fruit trees, bringing up her kids as global citizens and wild creatures, and drinking natural wine!

"As a School of System Change facilitator, I support people to learn, practice and discern the utility of multiple tools and methods from across the field of systems change. I garner fantastic energy from the people we learn and work with from such different perspectives across the world! I also love being able to bring systems change approaches to how we are developing the School itself, applying and learning as we go."