Even without COVID, 2020 would have been a year to remember. As the systemic cracks in our society widen, increasingly wild events happen. Raging fires, fascism, and ecocide enveloping continents. Never before has the only response to such a state been more apparent: to build resilience. And we see positive results from it, rippling across cities, industry, and organizations.
2021 is the year to strengthen our capacity to face the unknown, unstable, and unwanted. Improve the places we live in, the people we care about, the organizations that we rely on. Ultimately, deliver hope and opportunity for the years to come, which will be faced with many more challenges.
In 2020, as before, we stood by anyone and any organization wanting to build resilience for the long term. Going forward, you'll hear more from us on how to move forward with building resilience, new projects worldwide, and online video training to support your cause. Here, we update you on a few recent ones.
In October we published our online video introduction course on systemic sustainability, entirely free, on FutureLearn. On January 18th, we launch three professional courses on SiD Theory, SiD Method, and System Mapping. These help you understand and apply systemic sustainability principles to your projects. Follow our LinkedIn channel for updates.
In 2020, we launched the systemic investments service, enabling long term holistic strategy development for investors and funders. Together with the IKEA Foundation, we explored strategies to enable their Agricultural Livelihood teams to leverage funds even more effectively for long term change. Read the article to learn more.
We teamed up with Revive to launch Future Transformers. Together we seek disadvantaged urban areas to redevelop into healthy, inspiring, and future-proof neighborhoods. We are now looking for urban locations to unleash the program. Know of a good site? Read more on Future Transformers here.
We advanced to the pre-selection level in two international architectural competitions. In China, we supported UNStudio architects with our sustainability and circularity expertise to reimagine a post-industrial city of Handan. Read more here.
For Reinventing cities in Italy, we co-designed the transformation of Milan’s districts of Scalo Lambrate and Nodo Bovisa. Our team was selected for the Scalo Lambrate project. You can read more on the competition here.
We made our wide range of expertise easily and affordably available with our brand-new service: online sustainability consulting. That includes strategy, CSR, circular economy, sustainable investing, systems mapping, urban design, sustainable agriculture, sustainable energy, and much more. If you have a sustainability issue you can use our assistance with, or if you're curious about what we can do for you, take a look here.
|Why we are all on a superhero duty with urban planner Eranda Janku||A ride through (sustainable) space with industrial ecologist Jacob Verhaart|
|Into the wild: exploring the connection between sustainability and cybersecurity||Kickstarting sustainable agriculture in arid regions|
Stay healthy and resilient, and all the best for 2021,
The Except team