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SMART FUTURES FOR A FLOURISHING WORLD

Helps Organizations and Institutions, Communities and Leaders Make the Shift to Sustainability

We know we have to change but the question is how.  Many of us feel powerless to solve the looming climate crisis, water crisis, food crisis, ocean pollution crisis and all other challenges that are enumerated by the 17 global sustainable development goals.  How do we get to a safe, just space for humanity?   We see the clock ticking as Covid Pandemic lingers on and as we enter the “climate decade,” the ten-year period where our actions will determine the kind of world our children will live in. How do we move from a state of ‘future shock’ to ‘future sense’.   If we can build Smart cars, clothes, houses, cities and so on can we find a way to create smart futures?  How might we find our way to sharing a flourishing future? In her new book, SMART Futures for a Flourishing World, Dr. Claire A. Nelson helps us see glimpses of our aspirational futures as far afield as the year 3000, and lays out a path for our journey to global sustainability.  Her book is now available.

Dr. Claire Nelson combines lessons from her career focused on international development and sustainability engineering with her personal experience in systems changemaking to share how show how a few, seemingly simple questions can create the conditions for improved design thinking and lead to significant transformational change.  Using stories of aspirational futures as a guide, she takes us on a journey from the past to the present and then shows us how we those asking the right questions can help us make the paradigm shift needed to achieve global sustainability.    

In Smart Futures for a flourishing World, you meet an imaginative power that goes beyond the most of expected horizons. In this fairy tale from the long and not so long distant future, Claire Nelson, not only force us to think through some basic social political perspectives,” says Erik F. Øverland Ph.D., President, World Futures Studies Federation in his review of the book.

Professor Kemper Lewis, Dean of the School of Engineering at University of Buffalo states, “what emerges is a set of design truths that should capture our attention and activate us to mobilize.  Dr. Nelson weaves a compelling perspective on our collective future as a single human race and establishes a visionary and principled foundation of sustainability, morality, agency, resilience, and technology, that is inspirationally moving.” 

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