Addressing commingled social, economic and environmental issues in the twenty-first century require that we respect history and think creatively about the future. Novel Futures uses foresight and scenario planning to help governments, businesses and communities envision and achieve sustainability and resilience, globally and locally.
The twenty-first century world is complex, ever-changing and full of surprise. Novel Futures assists governments, businesses and communities with adaptive planning, creating adaptive policies, and building resilience. Novel Futures Director, Darren Swanson, co-edited and co-wrote the book 'Creating Adaptive Policies' and is certified in the PIEVC Engineering Protocol for assessing infrastructure vulnerability to extreme weather and climate change.
All countries of the United Nations have adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 global sustainable development (SDGs). Since the SDGs were adopted in 2015, Novel Futures Director, Darren Swanson, has provided strategy, facilitation and training support to several United Nations agencies for SDG implementation. Building on this expertise and together with Darren's experience in corporate strategy and reporting, Novel Futures also supports financial institutions, businesses and communities in their collective efforts toward social responsibility, sustainability and achieving the SDGs, locally and globally.
Darren founded Novel Futures to fuse his compassion for sustainable, resilient and peaceful societies with his passion for respecting history, understanding the present and exploring the future...to bring sustainable development to the heart of decision-making in the 21st century, be it in the government office, the corporate boardroom or the household kitchen.
Darren works closely with United Nations agencies, governments, businesses, international NGOs, and community organizations around the world to facilitate strategic planning exercises and multi-stakeholder meetings, and to provide consulting services and public speaking for sustainable development.
As a strategic management expert and professional engineer, Darren draws from a diverse policy-science knowledge base, with masters degrees in public administration and international development from the Harvard Kennedy School and geo-environmental engineering from the University of Saskatchewan.
Darren Swanson, interviewed at the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development as deputy director of the Natural and Social Capital Program at the International Institute for Sustainable Development.
As a member of the Rotary Club of Downtown Winnipeg - the club that made Rotary International - Novel Futures Director Darren Swanson chairs the organizing committee of the Winnipeg Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA). At MUNA, high school students from across Canada and the United States converge on Winnipeg each year to debate and strive for consensus on real-world issues.
Darren Swanson serves as chairperson of the Honouring Indigenous Peoples (HIP) Committee of the Rotary Club of Winnipeg. HIP is a national effort of Rotary Club's in Canada with the mission to promote awareness of Indigenous knowledge systems, culture, history and inherent rights in Canada and to invest time and resources in support of Indigenous education initiatives.
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