Humanity today is interconnected through, and dependent on, both the digital and natural worlds. As a result, tackling the climate crisis and the broader sustainability agenda, and working toward a just equitable digital future are increasingly intertwined agendas. The center for Sustainability in the Digital Age works to leverage the opportunities of this intersection to drive the transformative systems changes needed to build a sustainable, climate safe, and equitable world.

Our Work

We work to leverage the digital age to drive societal transformations toward a more sustainable and equitable world.  We do this through work in four areas.

Research
& Innovation


We facilitate research and innovation to unleash, scale, and steer digital disruptions to governance, economic and cognitive systems to drive transformations to a sustainable and equitable world.

Policy, Standards
& Best Practices


We develop and promote strategies and policies that advance the enabling conditions for leveraging the digital age to drive societal transformations to a more sustainable and equitable world.

Training
& Networks


Through training and convenings, we work to build networks of innovators, researchers, and practitioners who are bilingual in both digital and sustainability domains.

Collective foresight
& intelligence


We leverage digital technology to enable broad insights and foresights into the complex and rapidly changing global challenges and opportunities of our times.

LATEST REPORT
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DIGITAL DISRUPTIONS FOR SUSTAINABILITY (D^2S AGENDA)

A short video to illustrate the underlying premise of the Sustainability in the Digital Age initiative and the D^2S Agenda.
Co-produced with ClearPath.

The Digital Disruptions for Sustainability (D^2S Agenda) explores the opportunities and challenges of leveraging the digital age to disrupt the facets of existing economic, governance, and cognitive systems that are maintaining society on a carbon-intensive and increasingly inequitable path. We identify research and innovation opportunities and near-term actions needed to enable society to steer the digital disruptions already underway to drive transformations to a sustainable, climate-safe and equitable world.

News

Rapid Foresight Survey

With the COVID-19 health crisis, the world is experiencing unprecedented disruption to our daily lives. While the immediate priority is to protect the most vulnerable, we – as a global society – must not overlook the opportunities that crises can provide to re-imagine and rebuild our future together.

Future Earth and partners seek to spark critical reflection on the challenges, but also the opportunities that this global crisis presents, and to contribute to what will soon emerge as a global conversation on where we go from here. We also push to continue exploring the role of the digital sector as a key partner in this work.

HQ Magazine cover

With a conscious collective effort we can drive positive change, said Amy Luers in an interview about Sustainability in the Digital Age with HQ Magazine. 
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Interconnected world needs ways to turn alarm bells into action. Covid-19 has exposed the inadequacy of 20th-century global governance, say Maria Ivanova and Amy Luers. 
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Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development

The D^2S Agenda has been highlighted in Taylor & Francis‘ journal Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development, Volume 62 Issue 3.
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Coronavirus Crisis, Systems Solutions

Watch this video discussion with Andy Revikin featuring the D^2S Agenda in the context of systems approaches to global threats and coronavirus.
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Coronavirus Crisis, MILA

In light of the challenges that COVID-19 presents to our society, Mila is bringing its machine learning expertise to the scientific community together with its partners across different disciplines to help find potential solutions.
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Sustainability in the Digital Age identified as one of “the top 20 most important multi-stakeholder processes that we must engage and influence in 2020” in the context of building a digital ecosystem for the planet, according to David Jensen, Karen Bakker, Christopher Reimer, and others. Read the full article >>