Cascade Institute

Founded by Thomas Homer Dixon based on the fact that “humanity now occupies or exploits most of Earth’s productive surface area, creating a single, tightly linked social, economic, and ecological system spanning the planet.” This system is on a...

Earth System Governance Project

A global research alliance exploring political solutions and novel, more effective governance mechanisms to cope with the current transitions in the biogeochemical systems of the planet. Developing integrated earth system governance, from the local to the global...

The Millennium Project

An independent non-profit “global participatory think tank” of futurists, scholars, business planners, and policy makers” that collects and assesses judgments on 15 Global Challenges, presented in its bi-annual State of the Future Report (annual until 2012).  The...

Institute for Future Initiatives

An organization integrated by the Policy Alternatives Research Institute (PARI) and UTIAS Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science (IR3S). It “makes policy and social recommendations on future society issues and pursues research in collaboration...

Global Governance Institute

An independent, non-profit think tank that brings together policy-makers, scholars, and practitioners from the world’s leading institutions in order to devise, strengthen and improve forward-looking approaches to global governance. They work for a more equitable,...

Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

A research center that assesses pressing threats to US national interests and international security in the quarter-century ahead.  “We define international security broadly to include the full array of factors that have a direct bearing on the structure of...

Global Challenges Foundation

Aims to reduce the main global challenges and risks that threaten humanity. Their work is based on the risk analysis ideas central to the success of Laszlo Szombatfalvy. Seeks to raise awareness of nonlinear risks, particularly regarding climate change, other...

Future Earth

Future Earth (2012; Paris; ~50 staff; futureearth.org) A global research platform providing knowledge and support to accelerate transformations to a sustainable world. The organization is rooted in the work of 20 Global Research Projects. These networks have a long...

International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

An independent, international research institute with National Member Organizations in 22 countries in Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe. It seeks to become “the world leader in systems analysis to find solutions to global problems for the benefit of humankind.”...

German Development Institute

An interdisciplinary research and policy advisory organization that supports a global public welfare policy geared towards the concept of sustainable development through multidisciplinary research, impact-oriented policy advice, and internationally oriented training....

Alliance to Save Energy

A bipartisan non-profit alliance composed of business, government, environmental and consumer leaders advocating for enhanced energy productivity to achieve economic growth, a cleaner environment, and greater energy security, affordability and reliability.” They...

World Wildlife Fund

It’s one of the “world’s leading conservation organizations,” best known for its panda logo. Their mission is to “conserve nature and reduce the most pressing threats to the diversity of life on Earth” so that the future is one in which “people live in harmony...

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

The Intergovernmental Panel was established by the United Nations Environment Programme and the World Meteorological Organization as the leading international body for scientific assessment of the current state of knowledge in climate change and its potential...

Great Transition Initiative

The initiative is 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...

BlueGreen Alliance

A coalition of America’s largest labor unions and its most influential environmental organizations to solve today’s environmental challenges in ways that create and maintain quality jobs and build a stronger, fairer economy. Their staff and supporters work to:...

Desert Research Institute

The Desert Research Institute is a major research organization, which focuses on basic and applied environmental research. “investigating the effects of natural and human-induced environmental change and advancing technologies aimed at assessing a changing...

World Economic Forum

The economic forum is committed “to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.” Best-known for its annual meeting of luminaries in Davos, Switzerland....

World Bank

Also known as the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), the World Bank has 188 Member Countries. It is a “unique global partnership”, with “five institutions working for sustainable solutions that reduce poverty and build...

UN Environment Programme (UNEP)

The “leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system, and serves as an authoritative advocate for...

German Advisory Council on Global Change

Formally the Wissenschaftlicher Beirat der Bundesregierung: Global Umweltverandereungen, the WBGU is an independent, scientific advisory body set up by the German government in the run-up to the 1992 Rio Earth Summit (UNCED). Its principal tasks are to analyze global...

Earth Institute

A research institute that was founded to advance the basic understanding of earth science and apply that knowledge to decisions made by governments and businesses around the world. They aim to find solutions for Sustainable Development, as regards public health,...

Earth Charter Initiative

It consists of individuals and organizations that predominantly act independently and occasionally collaborate. It is comprised of the ECI Secretariat, its Education Center and the ECI Council. The secretariat is based at the United Nations-mandated University for...

UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network

SDSN seeks to mobilize scientific and technical expertise from academia, civil society, and the private sector in support of sustainable development problem-solving at local, national, and global scales.  The network’s secretariat is hosted by Columbia University. Is...

Sustainability Transitions Research Network

An independent, research network of more than 1,500+ international scholars interested in sustainability transitions. Sustainability transitions are long-term transformation processes of established industries, socio-technical systems and societies to more sustainable...

Stockholm Resilience Centre

A world-leading science center for addressing the complex challenges facing humanity. Their vision is “a world where social-ecological systems are understood, governed and managed, to enhance human well-being and the capacity to deal with complexity and change. It...

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

The OECD is arguably the world’s largest think tank produces 250+ reports per year on ‘what works’ and databases with societal and developmental indicators. It promotes policies that improve the economic and social well-being of people to create better lives and a...

Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies

A multidisciplinary research institute, which aims “to develop transformative knowledge which is needed to pave the way towards sustainable societies through transdisciplinary research.”  In this context, they work towards aligning their “politics,...

Council on Energy, Environment and Water

A non-partisan think tank. It works towards “the use, reuse, and misuse of resources” employing a mixed approach that gathers “data, integrated analysis, and strategic outreach” with an international scope to influence public and private...

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

Represents more than 150,000 members of the civil engineers in 177 countries. It’s committed to planning, designing, constructing, and operating the built environment while protecting and restoring the natural environment. One of its key goals is to make sure...

Fundacion Futuro Latinamericano

It promotes a culture of collaborative dialogue between multiple stakeholders and sectors to encourage the search for innovative solutions. It also looks to generate new capacities, strengthen the process of public policy implementing and change conflicts into...

Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Chicago Council on Global Affairs (1922; Chicago; 80+ staff and fellows; thechicagocouncil.org ) This independent, nonpartisan membership organization provides insight – and influences the public discourse – on critical global affairs. Their mission is to educate the...

Drawdown Project

A project based on the book Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, edited by project director Paul Hawkin, which describes and ranks 100 solutions to reverse buildup of atmospheric carbon in 30 years. The solutions include...

Wilson Center

Also known as the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Looks into issues like environmental security and peacebuilding, sustainable development and climate resilience, as well as population and environmental dynamic. Hence, acts as a “non-partisan...

International Association for the Study of the Commons

The IASC is devoted to bringing together multi-disciplinary researchers, practitioners and policymakers for the purpose of improving governance and management, advancing understanding, and creating sustainable solutions for commons, common-pool resources, or any other...

Green Cross International

An international organization that responds to challenges of security, poverty and environmental degradation to ensure a sustainable and secure future. Promotes legal, ethical and behavioral norms that ensure basic changes in the values, actions and attitudes of...

UNEP Finance Initiative

A platform associating the UN and the financial sector globally “to bring about systemic change in finance to support a sustainable world”. Over 200 members have signed the Statement of Commitment. Membership includes public and private financial institutions, and is...