Our Work

Sustainability in the Digital Age operates under four main interrelated streams of work:

These four streams of work are critical to continuing to build an international network of collaborators and to leveraging the transformative power of the digital age to steer society towards a more sustainable and equitable world.

Research &

We facilitate research and innovation around priority areas identified in the Digital Disruptions for Sustainability (D^2S Agenda).

We coordinated a special issue on Sustainability in the Digital Age in the IEEE Technology and Society Magazine (Vol. 39, Issue 2) published in June 2020.


Training &

We are building networks through convenings such as the CIFAR AI & Society workshop on Sustainability in the Digital Age.

We are also developing additional convenings through partnerships with UK Research and Innovation and with UN Environment Programme to continue strengthening the international community working in this space.

In partnership with the Canadian Science Policy Centre, we are developing a dialogue series on Sustainability in the Digital Age (in development).

With partners, we set up the Leadership in Environmental and Digital Innovation for Sustainability (LEADS) program to train sustainability leaders in the digital age.

Policy Standards &
Best Practices

We are working with partners to advance the enabling conditions for leveraging the digital age for sustainability. The main enabling conditions identified in Digital Disruptions for Sustainability (D^2S Agenda) are summarized below.

  • Establish a social contract for the digital age.
  • Promote inclusion as a touchstone of the digital age.
  • Establish foundational standards for the digital sector.
  • Expand open access to high-public-value data.
  • Expand public-private partnerships to build our digital future.
  • Reduce environmental impacts of the digital age.
  • Foster cross-sectoral collaboration and innovation.
  • Invest in targeted communication, engagement, and education.

More information is coming soon.

Collective Foresight &

Futures CoLab: A collaboration between Future Earth and MIT Center for Collective Intelligence launched in 2017, Futures CoLab brings together a network of diverse international experts to engage in a process for asynchronous and facilitated dialogue using a platform for online collaboration. The goal of Futures CoLab is to enable subject matter experts to collectively explore solutions to global systemic challenges. 

Global Risks Perceptions Initiative: Through this work, we strive to capture and analyze the perceptions on global risks of different scientific communities. By bringing together multiple viewpoints on risks, this initiative aims to spark and inform a pluralistic dialogue around risks that draws on a diversity of experience and knowledge.

Rapid response surveys: We seek to spark critical reflection on the challenges and the opportunities that major events and crises present, and to contribute to global conversations on how to respond to and recover collectively through rapidly developed surveys.