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Trajectories from COVID-19

About the project

Why Trajectories from COVID-19?

The COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting our fundamental assumptions and values and the way we think about the world.  The most profound changes come from shifts at these levels. They allow the shifting of the foundational narratives which we use to make sense of the world, to order our societies, and to organise collective action. To help navigate this extraordinary time, and to help us understand what this might mean for the decade ahead, we have identified four broad emerging trajectories from COVID-19. 

What are the Trajectories from COVID-19?

These trajectories, and the mindsets they represent, are a guide to understanding what may happen next. They can help us detect early signs of shifts we might see and to anticipate some of the consequences. They have been designed as a living and flexible systemic futures tool with many possible uses. Ultimately, it’s a tool to help change-makers work with this moment of deep discontinuity to deliver transformational change.
What are the four trajectories and how to use them?
Trajectories comparison/overview tool
What are the key dynamics shaping the 2020s?

This is a place to ask, explore and track:

What change is unfolding now?
What narratives and trajectories are becoming dominant?
What activities and interventions are needed now?
How are the trajectories a living and evolving futures tool? How are they used best to drive change?

What are we seeing across the trajectories?

View the latest signals of change we’re tracking against each of the trajectories (click on one of the icons to view relevant signals of change):

Transform rhombus - Future of Sustainability report - Time to transform - COVID-19 Trajectories  Compete and retreat rhombus - Future of Sustainability report - Time to transform - COVID-19 Trajectories  Unsettled rhombus - Future of Sustainability report - Time to transform - COVID-19 Trajectories  Discipline trajectory - Future of Sustainability report - Time to transform - COVID-19 Trajectories

Welcome to the Trajectories from COVID-19 discussion space

Hi, it's Joy Green and Louise Armstrong from Forum for the Future! We both work on systemic futures - with over 25 years of combined experience working on projects and collaborations framed around future actions. A common thread across our work is the awareness that our mindsets and stories we tell ourselves shape our actions and understanding of what is possible. This is a space to explore that practice of how we do this and how to work and shift our worldviews.

The discussion board

Futures Centre
Nov 2 2020

Future of Sustainability – Event Q&A

On 14 and 15 October 2020 we held two launch events for the report From System Shock to System Change: Time to Transform which outlines our work on the trajectories from COVID-19. This thread lists all questions asked by our audiences during the first event. Have a look and feel free to ask any further questions!

Future of Sustainability report - click to view the report

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