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The art of fusion

Craftmanship

  • Photograph of Reality

  • Exposure of Interactions

  • System Analysis

  • Sophisticated Communications

  • Enhancing Capabilities

  • Supporting Institutions

  • Powerful Network

  • Emergency Preparedness

  • Insurance Policy

  • Judicious Hope

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Two hundred years of economic and complexity growth have added immensely to human welfare and security. It has shaped our world-views and expectations of the future. Yet there is widening concern that the conditions that have underpinned this growth and the socio-economic stability that we have habituated to, and are dependent upon, is being increasingly undermined. Societies are likely to experience mounting socio-economic stresses from which there is no recovery, declining resilience, and rising risks of rapid large-scale breakdowns in global integration. The envisioned consequences are very challenging and quite possibly catastrophic.

There is no single factor to explain our vulnerability. At issue is not just climate change or soil loss, water supplies, the depletion of fisheries or the acidification of oceans, oil production constraints, biodiversity loss, toxification, credit hyper-expansion, fraying socio-political trust and legitimacy, or the vulnerability of complex interdependent global infrastructures. It is all of this and more – with convergence, acceleration and interactions.

It is within this context that the Foresight Analysis Nexus [FAN] was created with the primary aim of generating informed, wise, and action-oriented responses as we enter the beginning of a long winter for our species. The FAN’s concern is not with how do we change course/ become sustainable/ convince everybody/ transform established systems – these are all unrealistic goals given the complexity, momentum and interlocked nature of today’s socio-economic systems. Rather, the goal is to catalyze comprehension in order to ameliorate, or avoid the worst consequences of a sweeping humanitarian crisis.

The FAN brings a systems analysis, coupled with advanced communications to drive adequate responses within governments, critical private and non-profit institutions, and ultimately the public. This is done through engagement with institutions, and the provision of expertise drawing upon our networks, on-site courses, scenario planning, and war-gaming. In addition, the FAN builds a platform support for partnering institutions to sustain engagement and to share experiences / best practices.

The FAN is driven by the resolve that utmost importance is given to social cohesion.
It is the only way to counter the blind and destructive human forces that can emerge in such times. We believe it is a prerequisite for protecting populations, securing basic infrastructural services and resilience, and avoiding extreme damage to the essential services provided by the natural world.

From this perspective, the FAN is an instigator of astute integrated systemic risk management, and is thus an insurance policy for an era of growing socio-political-economic-ecological stress, shocks, and volatility. It offers a navigation nexus for times when out-dated expectations, narratives and policy inadvertently exacerbate growing stress, rising uncertainties and fundamental threats to the foundations of our welfare. As the clock is ticking, opportunity favours the prepared.

Purpose and

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The FAN purpose is to deliver knowledge, build capacities and foster hope amid systemic collapse.

The FAN envisions a near future where society:

  • Recognizes the reality and severity of collapse
  • Implements steps to reduce the impact
  • Understands that a fundamentally different way of life allows natural
    systems to heal, and people to be treated with respect and dignity
  • Is guided by wisdom, courage and justice

From the Heart

MANIFESTO

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We bequeath you the monumental task of reestablishing civilization.

Credits

The FAN was created as a result of many meetings, discussions, and consultations with some of the most accomplished writers, thinkers and experts. Even though the results and views expressed by the FAN are from the FAN alone, we would like to thank all those who took the trouble to read the initial project description, provide many valuable suggestions, give us moral and intellectual support. All these conversations helped us to develop this project into its present form. We would like to thank especially:

Project Director:Joan Diamond

Production Director:Kirk Fanning

Inspired by works of:Thomas Homer-Dixon
William Ophuls
Jared Diamond


Advice / Consulation:

Video production:Karol Wasilewski, Zero Studio


Website:Adrian Polanczuk, AI Online

Homepage photo:Andrea Larson and Martin Scheringer

Website consultation:Gerhardt Claude Robinson
Lukas Siedlaczek

Photo credit:NASA Earth Observatory
Biff Tenon
NCortinhal, Luna Blue
urbazon, Fougasse


Network architecture:Marty Kearns


Concept design:Margaret Bergen

The FAN is dedicated to the memory of Louis J. Guillette,
who never let scientific silos limit his vision.