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Sustainable Food lab

Following a recent Sustainable Food Summit (http://www.3pillarsnetwork.com.au/p3_Events-Resources.html?&event=68&page=4), where Mike spoke about ‘transition narratives,’ Mike McAllum of GFN has been asked to act as lead designer for Australia 21’s Sustainable Food Lab. What is the Sustainable Food Lab? The Sustainable Food Lab is a partnership between 3 Pillars Network and Australia 21. The transformational narrative will form a crucial part of …

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Rebuild through redesign

Since the beginning of 2011 most of the Australian state of Queensland, large parts of northern Victoria and the outskirts of the western city of Perth have suffered from severe natural events – flood, cyclone and fire – with disastrous consequences for those involved. During the writing of this essay, severe earthquakes have destroyed much of my childhood home of …

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Designing Better Futures

” In this wonderful book Michael McAllum unerringly follows a path that may lead us all to wiser decisions and more coherent actions than has previously been the case.” Richard Hames Founding Professor Asian Foresight Institute. This is a book about these times of turbulence, uncertainty and rapid change with a difference. it does not fill us with empty utopias …

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Future of electricity

GFN was recently involved in the a major project with a major utility. This project examined how demand management in electricity might shift between now and 2030 and the implications that such shifts have for the current utility business model. Our work revealed the followinig: current networks are unidirectional and thus are unable to realise the full potential of what …

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A future of bricolage

Could new technologies and different business models combined with a healthy dose of necessity see us run quickly into the age of bricolage? While in literature “bricolage”  means to create a work of art from diverse pieces or forms, in a wider sense it means to create a product or service from whatever is at hand. While bricolage has long …

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Hard questions; no philosophy

For months now we have been treated to a daily diet of ‘wiki leaks.’ In the process how the worlds national power broker’s think has been laid bare for all to see and for the most part found wanting. It has one might add provided a useful page filler for most of the world’s media in the process. Their indignation …

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Paradigm in Progress

In one of the most profound and thoughtful essays of 2010, Richard Hames explores the dynamics and consequences of the Copenhagen Summit. In it he describes how the desire to act on climate change, while at the same time encouraging conventional growth, sets up system conditions where the need to control emissions simply can’t occur. He then goes on to …

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New social contracts in cities

Mike has recently given a number of speeches about the future of cities in the developed world. In them, he argues that new transformative social contracts between local governments and their citizens are required. There is a need to move from highly and often costly responses to short term needs to planning and services that use fewer resources to deliver …

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Emerging Future Scans

Emerging Future Scans are designed to identify the early, weak signals of significant trends and disruptions which will reshaping industries and markets locally and globally. The discovered ideas, thoughts and references are intended to explore future possibilities and disrupt existing though patterns. The scans form an extremely powerful catalyst for discussion, ideas-generation, and strategy development. They are not intended to …

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Emerging Environment Workshop

This one day strategy workshop for the leader-team of an organisation or industry sector provide the first step towards reaching a shared agreement on future strategy. The four major outputs of the workshop are: Future Impacts Statement: The key trends and discontinuities that will impact on the organisation. Scenarios: Narratives exploring how these impacts might play out and cross impact. …

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