Future Seeds

We do not think it’s  about one approach or single-issue responses, it’s about seeing a larger picture of social health and working together to occupy the future with creative and practical solutions. Here are some diverse resources we have found that have inspired us and might be helpful for you. We will continue to develop and refine this list over time. If you have any feedback or suggestions please email occupyfuture(AT)gmail.com. We are also interested in co-creating future steps and we would love to hear your answer to the question “What is the future you want to occupy?” (Click to leave a reply).

You can also check out our Seeds of the Future Gallery

Future Economics

The Big Picture
New Economy Working Group
Transforming Capitalism 2.0 -> 3.0
New Economics Foundation
Living Economies Forum – David Korten’s Website

Practical solutions on the ground & Ideas worth thinking about
Business Alliance for Local Living Economies
Grassroots Economic Organizing
New Economics Institute  
B Corporation
36 Steps towards a Gift Economy
RSF Social Finance
Slow Money
Soul of Money Institute
Time Banking UK
Time Banks USA
Local Currencies on Wikipedia
On the Commons
The Mesh Directory
Story of Stuff

A Great Booklet
How to Liberate America from Wall Street Rule

Banks we would love to see more of
Triodos Bank
Prometheus Ethical Finance
Ecology Building Society
The Co-Operative Bank
Charity Bank
Shared Interest
Bank of North Dakota

Movies & Documentaries
Ted Talks: Economics
Inside Job
Economics of Happiness
Capitalism: A Love Story with lots of DVD extras that are worthwhile watching
The Corporation
One Giant Leap: Money
The Bank of North Dakota

Future Politics
Story of Stuff: Why democracy only works when people are in charge
Direct Democracy
Direct Democracy and Similar Initiatives by Country
Mesh Directory for Community & Government
The Citizen’s Handbook
Participatory Democracy
Deliberative Democracy
In the Public Interest
World Vote Now Documentary

Future Culture & Civil Society

Civil Society
WiserEarth – The Social Network for Sustainability
Cultural Creatives
World Social Forum
Nicanor Perlas
Civicus: World Alliance for Citizen Participation
Global Civil Society: The Path Ahead (A discussion paper: V. Shiva, N. Perlas, D, Korten)
Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Forum
International Society for Third Sector Research
UN and Civil Society
Centre for Civil Society

Culture, Community Creativity, Social innovation & Cultural Freedom
Walk on Walk Out
Creativity, Media and the Arts in the Mesh Directory
Kickstarter: A new way to fund creativity (and an article about it for artists)
Creative Commons: Share, remix, reuse legally.
Mesh Directory for Creativity, Media and the Arts
P2P Foundation
Local Innovation Awards Scheme
Indigenous Knowledge Commons
SEEP Network
International Society for Ecology and Culture
Creative Captial

Education & Facilitation
CAUSE-NYS –Educational Freedom and School Choice

Alternative Schools

Waldorf Education

Youth Initiative Program

Kaos Pilots

School of Integral Art

Knowmad Academy

MSLS Natural Step Program

A list of great alternative higher education courses

Occupy Consensus Process  and here is a short video that outlines the process too

A List of Useful Books on Facilitation
World Cafe
World Cafe How-to-Guide
Open Space Technology
Open Space Technology Users’ Guide
Art of Hosting
Presencing Institute UTools and more here
Group Facilitation Methods & Resources on Consensus Decision Making by Tree Group
A Handbook on Formal Consensus Decisionmaking

Science, Energy & Environment
Nature Institute
One Planet Living
Center for Alternative Technology
Sustainable Energy Academy
Contraction and Convergence
Association for the Study of Peak Oil and Gas
Mesh Directory for Energy
Mesh Directory for Upcycling, Recycling and Waste Management
Mesh Directory for Natural Resources and Environment
Environmental Change Institute
World Alliance for Decentralized Energy
Post Carbon Institute
Real Climate: Climate Science from Climate Scientists
Transition Culture
Energy Bulletin
Power Switch: UK Peak Oil Community
Local Energy

Future Society
Keep up with the news: A list of interesting & alternative news sources
Societal Health Book List
On the Commons
Social Threefolding
WiserEarth – The Social Network for Sustainability
Centre for Social Poetry
GlobeNet3 on Social Threefolding
Societal Wholeness
Transition Network
Think OutWord (Great list of resources)
Presencing Institute (great articles and papers)
Slow Movement
Gross National Happiness: The Centre for Bhutan Studies
Buckminster Fuller Resources

Future, Gardening, Farming , Land Use & Food
Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Association
Permaculture: A Beginner’s Guide
Introduction to Permaculture
Organic World-Net
Community Land Trusts
Land for Good
Landshare: Connecting growers  to people with land to share
Mesh Directory for Farming and Gardening

Future Places

Green Map

Project for Public Places

Platetzien (Look at their top website list and top urban thinkers list)
YES! Magazine

Awakening Place
On the Commons
GOOD on Cities
Creative Communities
City Repair
Better Cities Now
Grist News on Placemaking
Land Reader
The Design Observer Group: Places
Walkable Communities, Inc.
Jane’s Walk
Jane Jacob’s Wikipedia


11 Comments on “Future Seeds”

  1. October 18, 2011 at 4:05 am #

    missing what I’d consider the most important perspective from a brilliant alternative economist – The Future of Money , by Bernard Lietaer . Also ought to have Tom Greco’s The End of Money and the Future of Civilization .

    The system is broken, and there should be much more focus on creating the new alternatives that will rise from the ashes. The more we understand why and how the system is broken, the more likely we’ll be able to understand how to create the patterns for future systems that will have a better chance of functioning for the greatest number of the planet’s human and non-human inhabitants.

    Future steps should include potential roadmaps for building Earth Communities.

    • November 10, 2011 at 7:41 am #

      No question this is the place to get this info, thknas y’all.

  2. October 25, 2011 at 3:43 am #

    Your “Buckminster Fuller Resources” link (to a very old Public Television web site) needs to be updated. For starters, the Buckminster Fuller Institute is now http://www.bfi.org

    I also highly recommend you add information about the two other pioneers in the use of Systems Thinking to propose solutions to society’s problems (as Bucky did): Drs. W. Edwards Deming and Russell L. Ackoff


  3. November 17, 2011 at 8:30 pm #

    I really like what you are saying, and am glad I found your website. Please keep it up.

  4. December 4, 2011 at 10:47 pm #

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  5. December 6, 2011 at 11:33 pm #

    hi, that’s a nice post. i hope you will continue to do this 🙂

  6. January 9, 2012 at 12:55 am #

    The Hawaii Research Center for Futures Studies might be a good resource (futures.hawaii.edu), and as a Researcher at the Center, I’m definitely interested in assisting your efforts!

  7. Elaine Beadle
    February 19, 2012 at 8:02 pm #

    Great site, think about adding World Future Council, it is doing great things too!

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