It is clear that the context in which organisations exist has changed, one that now encompasses volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity. Climate change, artificial intelligence, interconnectedness and social and political upheaval combined will forge a future of constant change, disruption and adaptation through the way we work, live, travel, associate and integrate. Such an environment presents both opportunities and threats requiring sensitivity and collaboration to enable win-win outcomes. If mismanaged, the alternative is potentially disastrous – businesses can be sunk with a simple Facebook post, disaffected communities can rise against organisations and governments in hours instead of weeks, and black swan events such as terrorism and natural disasters in one part of the globe can have devastating effects for those on the other.
Within organisations, employee engagement and retention is dropping rapidly as poor leadership, corruption, redundant organisational structures and efficiency squeezing erodes trust and degrades performance. In our communities and environments, rising social and ecological costs now exceed economic growth – we are effectively getting poorer as our planet starts to bear the scars of a linear extractive business model that promotes take-make-dispose philosophies.
Ultimately, we’re deploying 20th Century business models to confront 21st Century problems. A new organisational maturity is required based on redefining and reimagining the way we do business – leadership, creativity, stakeholder engagement, environment, political impact, technology – that culminate together to redefine ORGANISATIONAL SUSTAINABILITY. If we are to achieve our goals of a prosperous and sustainable future, one that our future generations can enjoy in peace and harmony, immediate and focussed action is required and we at Lighthouse Futures are ready to support and empower organisations who share this commitment.