Future Stewards

A coalition of partners working together to build a regenerative future - where we meet the needs of all, within the means of the planet.

Future Stewards is partnering with TED on Countdown: a global initiative to champion and accelerate solutions to the climate crisis, turning ideas into action.

OCT 2020 - OCT 2021: ACCELERATE PROGRESS. We will work with partners to support a series of workstreams — each designed to tackle a climate-related, cross-sector challenge. Workstreams will bring together leaders from business, finance, government, local communities, science, the arts and philanthropy.

OCT 2021: COUNTDOWN SUMMIT + LOCAL EVENTS. We will share a blueprint for a beautiful net-zero future at a central Summit of 1,200 leaders in Edinburgh, Scotland, further amplified by hundreds of TEDx Countdown events around the world. The Summit and the TEDx events will combine talks, case studies and workshops – and celebrate new commitments made, efforts in progress, and the people who are driving them.

Our story

Future Stewards came together in 2016 after the breakthrough Paris Climate Agreement as a collaboration to help leaders step up to the challenges of our changing world.

We work with people taking bold action on complex problems including climate change.

Despite incredible progress over the last few decades in many aspects of life, humanity’s current trajectory will not serve in a world of 9+billion people, where we all need to thrive within the means of our planet.

Our partnership brings together the deep experience of the architects of the Paris Climate Agreement (Global Optimism), a coalition working with business to take action on climate change (We Mean Business), and a social enterprise supporting leaders to drive transformation in their organizations and communities (Leaders’ Quest).

We equip people with the awareness and tools required to tackle systemic problems. Through collaborative projects with business, society and government, we help them shift from a mindset of scarcity to one of abundant possibility. Our aim is to build a network of visionary change-makers to achieve the ambitious goals of the Paris Agreement – and build a regenerative future.

BSR is a global nonprofit organization that works with its network of more than 250 member companies and other partners to build a just and sustainable world.

The Climate Group is an international nonprofit that specializes in bold, catalytic and high-impact climate and energy initiatives with the world’s leading businesses and regional governments.

CDP is a nonprofit running the leading global platform for environmental disclosure, focusing investors, companies and cities on taking urgent action to build a sustainable economy.

The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders’ Group is a select group of European business leaders working to advocate solutions on climate change to policy makers and business peers.

Ceres is a sustainability nonprofit organization working with the most influential investors and companies to build leadership and drive solutions throughout the economy.

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development is a global, CEO-led organization of over 200 leading businesses working to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world.

The B Team is a nonprofit initiative formed by a global group of business leaders to catalyze a better way of doing business, for the wellbeing of people and the planet .


Future Stewards was established in 2016 by five founders. We regularly partner with other leaders and their organizations to deliver ambitious cross-sector projects.

Christiana Figueres

Christiana led the historic Paris Agreement and is a world leader in tackling climate change. She is a founding partner of Global Optimism.

Lindsay Levin

Lindsay is a Founding Partner of Leaders’ Quest (LQ), a global organization that equips CEOs and their teams for the demands of the 21st century.

Nigel Topping

Nigel has been appointed as UK High Level Climate Action Champion to lead the delivery of a successful UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow.

Tom Carnac

Tom is a Founding Partner of  Global Optimism. He works at the intersections of international diplomacy, energy policy and climate change in business, non profit, financial services and international institutions.

Bill Sharpe

Bill Sharpe is a Mentor to the Future Stewards leadership team, as a well as a facilitator on our programs. He is an independent futures practitioner and researcher in science, technology and society.

What we do

We draw upon the complementary skills and experience of our partners - to drive bold action in response to problems for people and the planet.