For a Glocal World


Creativity 21

Addressing commingled social, economic and environmental issues in the 21st 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, both globally and locally. Novel Futures Director, Darren Swanson, writes collaborative novellas and narratives about our past, present and future, and is about to publish his debut novel, taking readers on a page-turning journey to understand the imperatives of peace, freedom and sustainability. 

Adaptability 21

The 21st 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.

Sustainability 21

All countries of the United Nations have adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 global sustainable development (SDGs). In this context Novel Futures Director, Darren Swanson, has been working closely with UN development agencies in advancing their Mainstreaming, Acceleration and Policy Support (MAPS) approach for helping governments implement the 2030 Agenda. Building on this expertise, Novel Futures is providing support to UN agencies, governments, financial institutions, businesses and communities in their collective efforts to achieve the SDGs by 2030 and 'leave no one behind'.

About Novel Futures

Darren Swanson, Director

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 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. 

Consulting, Facilitation, Training, and Public Speaking

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.

Policy-Science Knowledge Base

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 at the UN Rio+20 Summit

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.


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