It is clear that the overall performance context in which organisations exist has changed. This new landscape now encompasses Ecological, Social and Governance (ESG) aspects to be at the forefront of strategy and tactics, not a back story. However, climate change, artificial intelligence, interconnectedness and social and political upheaval combined will forge a future of constant crisis, 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 – one involving a Just, Smart and Ecological Transition. If mismanaged, the alternative is potentially disastrous – businesses can be sunk with a simple social media post, disaffected communities can rise against organisations and governments in hours instead of weeks, and black swan events such as war, pandemics 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 TRANSITION EXCELLENCE. 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.
Before you determine your Transition compass, you need to know where you’re starting from. It’s here we acknowledge the true state of our operating environment, one with intersecting and potential conflicting elements including the emergence of pandemics, climate change, social media, resource degradation, disengagement and mental health deterioration in the workplace. We help to place you on a chart using pictures, sensemaking tools and data foraging.
Roadmaps are old century – welcome to Seacharting. In this framework, it’s not about forging a linear path to your Transition destination, but rolling through and leveraging the waves of crisis and uncertainty. Lacking a mature state of consciousness at this stage will deny organisations the ability to find the necessary variety and adaptiveness to match their increasingly complex environment. We utilise systems thinking tools and complex adaptive system principles to enable the navigational arcs for organisations to way-find their path to optimal Transition outcomes.
New Economy Navigation
It’s said that the next 20 years of technological innovation will drive humanity’s relationship with the world for the next 150 years. Through our system analyses, digital trend reporting or IoT ecosystem design, requirement and feasibility reporting, we provide insight and clarity for clients to embrace future technologies and products and services that befit the emerging digital and circular economies and, more importantly, how mankind fits in that picture to optimise both relationships.