Created in partnership with the COP26 High-Level Climate Action Champions providing inspiration on the most useful approaches you can employ to raise ambition for your topic of inquiry and create systemic change.
Futures practices help us take action in complex situations where the past is not a good guide to the future. Scenarios, roadmaps and pathways are widely used approaches that allow us to combine our ability to act with an appreciation of uncertainty.
System transitions generally happen in three stages: emergence, diffusion, and reconfiguration. At each stage, different policies and various kinds of international cooperation are likely to be effective in accelerating the transition.
Changes can happen rapidly when everyone settles on one approach. We can then move along a learning curve of exponential change, where new technology improves its performance rapidly, lowering costs and increasing adoption by society.
A tipping point is a place where a small intervention can trigger a large response, sending a system into a qualitatively different future state, triggering a rapid cascade of change throughout the sector and beyond.