Great Transition Initiative
(2003; Boston/Tellus Institute; 8 executive staff, 270+ contributors; gtinitiative.org)
An online forum of ideas and an international network for the critical exploration of concepts, strategies, and visions for a transition to a future of enriched lives, human solidarity, and a resilient biosphere. By enhancing scholarly discourse and public awareness of possibilities arising from converging social, economic, and environmental crises, and by fostering a broad network of thinkers and doers, it aims to contribute to a new praxis for global transformation. GTI seeks “a future of enriched lives, human solidarity, and environmental sustainability.” It is a global network of over 270 scholars and activists that analyzes alternative scenarios and charts a path to a hopeful future.
An outgrowth of the Tellus Institute’s Global Scenarios Group (1995), culminating the ideas set forward in the report “Great Transition: The Promise and Lure of the Times Ahead” (Stockholm Environment Institute and Tellus, 2002, 99p) by Paul Raskin and six others.
- The planetary phase of civilization,
- Humanity as being Earth bound in a common destiny,
- A looming crises portend a time of troubles,
- A great transition to a just and sustainable society is possible,
- A new global consciousness that is necessary to crystallize.
- The Widening Circle – A campaign to advance a global citizens movement for a Great Transition.
- Global Scenarios – Explores the terra incognita of the future that lies beyond the ken of scientific projection and social prophesy. “Although deep uncertainties—and human choices not yet made—undercut our capacity to predict what will be, scenarios help us to imagine what could be. Global scenarios are stories about how history might unfold in this century.”
- An extensive library of essays, viewpoints, and reviews
- The MacroScope – A Scan of Critical World Developments
- GTI Perspectives on Critical Issues (2009-2013) – Assess pressing near-term policy questions with the long-term goal of a Great Transition as our frame of reference.
- GTI Paper Series GTI Paper Series: Frontiers of a Great Transition (2006)
- Other key documents – Provide a history of the GTI, its theoretical framework, and its vision.
- An essay on: A World Political Party: The Time Has Come (2019, 12p.)
- Nuclear Abolition: The Road from Armageddon to Transformation (2018, 13p. by David Krieger)
- The Great Transition Today – A Report from the Future (2006, 21p.) – Paul Raskin surveys the landscape of a Great Transition future from the perspective of an individual living in 2084.
Leadership: Paul Raskin (Director), Jonathan Cohn (Managing Editor)