Mitigation and adaptation to climate change requires unprecedented levels of global cooperation. Humanity, awakening to its role as stewards of planetary futures, has found itself at a precipice, where it must, from local to global level, rethink the many meanings and manifestations of the good life, and of desirable and possible forms of economy and politics within a safe and just operating space on Spaceship Earth.
The prevalant economic model has, on the backbones of colonialization, competition, commodification, extraction, externalization and expansion, secured many with standards of living without meaningful historical comparisons. Yet, this has occured at the expense of widening life-opportunity inequalities, ecosystem pivots and tipping points, and the accumulation of vast influence and decisionmaking power.
It is becoming clearer by the day that such an economic model is not fit for the far-reaching challenges of the 21st century. These transitional times call for the (re-)design of products, services, whole economic systems and system transitions towards sustainable futures, based on principles of collaboration, solidarity, circularity and ecosystem regeneration.
Currently there is no global consensus on how to conceptualize and jointly address socio-ecological issues. The views regarding these issues, and connected different experiences, preconceptions, theories and ambitions, are often mutually conflictual and stem from different understandings of systems dynamics and (possibility space for) change.
This is also evident in different interpretations of so-called sustainability oriented social innovation and new economy discourses. Today, a key capacity is to think about innovation critically (beyond buzzwords), recognize potentialities and complementarities among solutions, and thus informedly create innovations, strategies, visions, partnerships and frameworks that expand sustainable future horizons and pathways.