About Our Future Planet
We have drawn a line in time.
Our present planet is on one side, and our future planet is on the other.
Our Future Planet enables you to rethink a future that does not follow on blindly from the ways of the past.
About Our Future Planet
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead cultural anthropologist
The objectives of Our Future Planet are...
To build a community of planetary citizens.
To inform citizens with knowledge and understanding of developments in areas of human activity and planetary systems and how they inter-relate.
To enable citizens to initiate and share innovative and cooperative actions, projects and proposals towards creating a sustainable planet on which to live.
To share with others best practice of positive cooperation to inspire changes that enhance the quality, liveability and beauty of the Earth.
Our ethos is...
To focus on cooperative solutions and a positive vision for the future.
To maintain an integrated focus on the whole planet.
To bring people together from all nations and all professions to share today’s knowledge, take action, and create our future planet.
To extend global ideas and projects beyond the online community.
There are many sources of information available on the problems facing our planet: ecological, economic, social, educational. At times, there is a cascade of bad news that can induce feelings of impotent rage and hopelessness. Our Future Planet aims to show that there are solutions. Our platform gives each and every one of you a serious voice and by contributing to OFP you really can help shape the future of the planet.
Explore the Ideas Globe and daily Hot Topics posts to become informed about key issues and how they are connected
Create a personal profile and start designing your sustainable future, including developing your own sustainable Actions and following those of other citizens. Write Proposals for a new sustainable planet and adapt other citizen’s Proposals. Connect with other citizens and organisations from all over the world using our Citizen Search tool. Start real change in your community and Create a Project or join existing Projects in your area. So get involved and Sign Up today!
Our Future Planet was created by Karl Jaeger, a visionary philanthropist and educator. Read his blog here.
"What Our Future Planet is doing is creating the emergence of a new story of a world that truly can work for everyone. Without such explorations, there is very little chance of our survival into the next century.”
- Dr Jean Houston, philosopher, author and researcher
Who We Are
James Arnold-Baker, Dr Julian Caldecott, Satish Kumar, Professor Anil Markandya, Mark Gerzon, Philip Appleman, Alan Baxter, Nick Hart-Williams, Peter Bunyard, Miguel Mendonça, Professor Christina Slade
Hazel Henderson, Jakob von Uexküll, Mitch Resnick, Paul Rainger, Vicki Buck, Ethical Markets, CREE, I-SEE, MIT Media Lab, Resurgence Magazine, Scratch, The Right Livelihood Award, World Future Council, International School of America, Caduceus Magazine.
Michaela Coote: Manager, Harriet Formby: Business development, Gillian Amstead: Information and research, Patrick Sharkey: Writer and publisher, Darren Kerr: Website support, Tim Powell: Advisor, Miya Win: Content manager: sustainable business,Chris Kerr: Content manager: environment. Associated volunteers: Sarah Bank, Vito Huang.
James Arnold-Baker, Advisor
James is a founding director of Doctors.net.uk, the UK’s leading medical internet portal and Chairman of publishing start-up Hothouse Fiction. Prior to that James was Chief Executive of Oxford University Press. His career in the media has included Chief Executive of BBC Enterprises, a member of the BBC Board of Management, and nine years at Fisher-Price Toys. He has an MA from Magdalen College, Oxford and a masters degree in Business Studies at the London Business School.
"I support Our Future Planet because it uniquely seeks answers to the full spectrum of issues affecting our overcrowded planet. Our Future Planet is about citizen input and participation in developing positive solutions that can make real changes to our environment."
Dr Julian Caldecott, Advisor
Julian is an ecologist, author, speaker and consultant who has spent more than 20 years promoting biodiversity conservation and environmental sustainability around the world. Julian has published books on ecology, biodiversity conservation, good governance, great apes, environmental treaties, and the global water crisis, and is now working on population issues and the commemoration of species lost during the current mass extinction. Julian began by studying gibbons, monkeys, bearded pigs and woolly rhinos in South-east Asian rainforests. He has since spent more than 20 years as a consultant on nature conservation, environmental and livelihood security, and climate change adaptation across the global tropics. Julian's overall aim is to make the workings of the biosphere clear to all, so that we can understand how and why to start living on the Earth as if we intended to stay. Julian lives in Bath and is an enthusiastic supporter of Our Future Planet as a potential way to transcend our global problems.
"The restoration of the biosphere requires that hundreds of millions of citizens be mobilised and learn to cooperate over new scales of space, time and ecology. Our Future Planet offers a practical and inclusive way for this adaptation to occur. I therefore have no option but to support Our Future Planet, and it is my duty to do so."
Satish Kumar, Advisor
Satish is editor of Resurgence Magazine, author, ecologist and pacifist, founder and Director of Programme at Schumacher College, and founder of the Small School. Satish teaches, lectures and runs workshops internationally on reverential ecology, holistic education and voluntary simplicity. He is the guiding spirit behind a number of ecological, spiritual and educational ventures in Britain, and has written several books. Satish presented a 50-minute documentary Earth Pilgrim on the BBC as part of the Natural World series. Satish has been a contributor to the BBC's Thought for the Day strand on the Today programme, and also appeared on Desert Island Discs. When he was only nine years old, Satish renounced the world and joined the wandering brotherhood of Jain monks. At eighteen, he left the monastic order and became a campaigner for land reform, working to turn Gandhi’s vision of renewed India and a peaceful world into reality.
Mark Gerzon, Advisor
Mark is a leadership trainer and mediator, author, Founder and President of the Mediators Foundation, and co-founder and co-director of the Global Leadership Network. Mark works with key organizations in both the private and public sector to develop a more integral, global approach to leadership. As reflected in his most recent book, Leading Through Conflict, he specializes in helping diverse or conflicting groups transform differences and conflicts into opportunities and common ground. He has extensive experience consulting with public sector organizations such as the US House of Representatives and the United Nations Development Program. His mission remains constant: to foster the emergence of leaders who know how to build bridges across differences, rather than walls that reinforce them.
Professor Anil Markandya, Advisor
Anil is an environmental economist, author and Professor of Economics at Bath University. He was recently on secondment as Lead Economist at the World Bank, and was leading participant in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) - the members of which were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2007 with Al Gore. Dividing his time between academic and advisory work, he has published widely in areas of climate change, environmental valuation, environmental policy, green accounting, macroeconomics and trade. He has held academic positions at the universities of Princeton, Berkeley and Harvard in the US and University College London. He holds a Chair of Economics at the University of Bath and is Scientific Director of the Basque Centre for Climate Change (bc3), Bilbao. Anil holds an MSc in Econometrics from the London School of Economics and a PhD on the Economics of the Environment.
Philip Appleman, Advisor
Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Indiana University, Philip has published eight volumes of poetry, three novels and half a dozen nonfiction books. His poetry and fiction have won many awards and have appeared in scores of publications. He has given readings of his poetry at the Library of Congress, the Guggenheim Museum, the Huntington Library, and many universities.
"At a time when words-words-words are everywhere, but wisdom seems rare, perhaps Our Future Planet can contribute thoughtful approaches to the tough challenges we are facing every day, and help to give our planet hope for a better future."
Alan Baxter, Advisor
An engineer by origin with a wide range of interests, Alan founded Alan Baxter and Associates, an engineering firm covering urban design, masterplanning, sustainability, conservation and civil and structural engineering. He and his colleagues have written Conservation Plans for many nationally important buildings including Salisbury Cathedral, the Victoria and Albert Museum and Tyntesfield House. He serves on the London Advisory Committee of English Heritage and on their joint national Urban Panel with CABE. He is a Patron of the Urban Design Group and Art and Architecture and is a Trustee of the British Architectural Library Trust. He is also a Commissioner of the Independent Transport Commission.
Nick Hart-Williams, Advisor
Nick is co-founder/director of Be The Change, and has had a lifetime in media, with particular interest in sustainability and change. He was founder of the Other Cinema; a documentary Commissioning Editor at Channel Four; a documentary film-maker (Greenbucks, Prophets & Loss); and an internet and multi-media entrepreneur. Be The Change was formed as a step towards bringing the best people and ideas together through conferences, workshops and other events. Their annual London conference is dedicated to exploring and encouraging evolutionary change - environmental, educational, social and spiritual. Nick was born in Wales, raised in Vancouver and LA, and now lives near Bath, UK.
Peter Bunyard, Advisor
Peter is a freelance author and environmentalist, and was the founding science editor of the The Ecologist magazine. A fellow of the Linnean Society, he is currently conducting field work in the Colombian Amazon on the role of rainforests in global warming. He has worked as consultant editor for the United Nations Environment Programme review on Industry and the Environment, and was secretary and editor of the Committee for the Study of Nuclear Economics. Peter went five times around the world as a faculty member of International School of America. He lives in Cornwall, and has two grandchildren.
Miguel Mendonça, Advisor
Miguel Mendonça is the World Future Council’s Research Manager. His background is in forestry, horticulture, geography, history, journalism, social science and environmental ethics. He is a researcher, writer and advocate, focusing on social and political aspects of renewable energy policy. He writes papers, articles, commentaries and reviews, and is author of three books on energy and sustainability.
Professor Christina Slade, Advisor
Christina Slade is Vice-Chancellor of Bath Spa University. She was previously Dean of the Schools of Arts and of Social Sciences at City University London. She has also been Dean of Humanities at Macquarie University and Professor of Media Theory at the University of Utrecht. She was trained as a philosopher of logic and language, her research has focussed on issues of the media since 1990.
Karl Jaeger, Chairman of Trustees and Co-Founder
Karl is an educator, writer and artist. It was Karl who conceived of Our Future Planet and it's global possibilities. He then worked with co-founder Samantha Harvey to realise his vision. He is Executive Director of the International School of America (recently renamed International Honors Program), established in 1958, which offers opportunities for students to participate in multi-country study programs. Karl has personally led and taught in five travel programs for the students around the globe. Karl has also created several community design projects including the Cambridge Charter School system, a student-centred secondary school which received approval from the Massachusetts Department of Education. Karl is an active member of the arts and his kinetic sculptures are presented in many major museums in the world. Karl is currently designing an Habitable Sculpture in Maine, USA. Karl is also an avid collector of postcards and has over 80, 000 postcards on different themes collected from around the world. Karl holds a Bachelors Degree in Education and a Masters Degree in Education from Harvard University. You can read more about Karl here.
Time Magazine Article
Dr Jean Houston, Trustee
Jean, scholar, philosopher, author and researcher in human capacities, is one of the foremost visionary thinkers and doers of our time, and one of the principal founders of the Human Potential Movement. A powerful and dynamic speaker, she holds conferences and seminars with social leaders, educational institutions and business organizations worldwide. She is a prolific writer and author of 26 books. She has lectured in more than 100 countries and worked intensively in 40 cultures. She has received many awards for her work. Jean founded the Foundation for Mind Research, the International Institute for Social Artistry and the Mystery School She is an advisor to UNICEF and currently working with the United Nations Development Programme training leaders in developing countries throughout the world in the new field of social artistry. Jean has served for two years in an advisory capacity to President and Mrs Clinton as well as helping Mrs Clinton write, It Takes A Village To Raise A Child. She has also worked with President and Mrs. Carter and counseled leaders in similar positions in many countries and cultures. Jean has taught at several universities including Columbia University. Jean holds a B.A., a Ph.D. in psychology, and a Ph.D. in religion. She has also been the recipient of honorary doctorates.
"What Our Future Planet is doing is creating the emergence of a new story of a world that truly can work for everyone. Our Future Planet is involved in intensive world design, and without such a design we will have nothing to aspire to, nor will we have the procedures and strategies to get us there. The needs of the planet are right now. The need for making the difference on this planet in terms of the design of the systemic structures. As we design, we design for the continuity of the earth. With such designs, we will probably not survive, as a species, not to speak of the continuing devastation we bring to the earth. Our Future Planet is truly an exploration into the world that can work. Without such explorations, there is very little chance of our survival into the next century."
James Gillis Lengel, Trustee
James is an author and Assistant professor of Communication at Boston University since 1994 where he specialises in multimedia communications. He has held many educational Directorships. James graduated from Yale University in 1971 majoring in American Studies.
These inspiring individuals and organisations have made invaluable contributions to Our Future Planet