Forum for the Future

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For the Bahrain event, see Forum for the Future (Bahrain 2005)

Forum for the Future is a British registered charity and non-profit organisation with a mission to promote sustainable development. It has an annual turnover of around £4.5 million and employs 66 staff.[1] The current CEO is Sally Uren.[2] They work in the United Kingdom, United States and India.

Its vision is of "businesses and communities thriving in a future that’s environmentally sustainable and socially just".[1] It runs partnerships with more than 100 organisations across business and the public sector to incorporate the principles of sustainable development. Forum specialises in futures work, innovation and capacity building.

It runs a Masters course, 'Masters in Leadership for Sustainable Development', which has been running since the inception of Forum for the Future. This is run in partnership with the University of Middlesex and the Leadership Trust.[3][4]

It was founded in 1996, by Paul Ekins, Sara Parkin and Jonathon Porritt.[5]

The Big Shift[edit]

The organisation focuses their work with companies and government on attempting to "transform the systems they operate in", which they call the "big shift".[6] Their work concentrates on the food, energy, telecommunications and retail sectors.

Publications[edit]

The Forum publishes a magazine called Green Futures which highlights news stories on the environment, sustainable development and green innovation.

  • Connections to Change A paper on the Internet of Things and sustainability, arguing that "has to alter its focus from a technical obsession with number of devices to a human understanding of where it can meet our needs"[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Charity Commission
  2. ^ Annual Report 2014 Charity Commission website
  3. ^ Forum for the Future Case Study (PDF), Leadership Trust
  4. ^ Leadership for Sustainable Development Forum for the Future website
  5. ^ History, Forum for the Future website
  6. ^ Our work, official website
  7. ^ Forum for the Future and the trouble with the Internet of Things, Green Biz May 2014

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