The Next Horizons are not a fixed goal or a finish line – they are mindsets. These are made up of long-term thinking, accepting that the best way to impact the world is simply not to.
However, this is not the case today. Instead, we face massive challenges with our current systems. According to Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta at the University of Cambridge, our economy cannot function without water, air, plants, animals, and other raw materials found on Earth. Yet, how we currently handle these parts of our natural world does not align with their importance or value. A transformation of this begins with accepting nature is embedded within our economies.
"Paradoxically, we have begun our transition to sustainability by addressing the problems within our manmade system, instead of transforming our system not to create waste or imbalance."
Paradoxically, we have begun our transition to sustainability by addressing the problems within our manufactured system instead of transforming our approach to not create waste or imbalance. In line with this, the namesake founder of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation stated during Summit 2021 that the future of design should simply not create waste. Both MacArthur and Dasgupta are experts at addressing the need to think radically different about production today.
How we create things should be accessed, made and recirculated in tune with a long-term mindset, from lifestyle products to food. Agriculture with regenerative farming or syntropic agroforestry uses the nexus of nature to maintain the balance without creating waste. The method of regenerative agriculture uses waste from one crop or animal as a livelihood to the next. Syntropic agroforestry moves away from mono-crops to adopting a jungle-like fauna of diverse species and plants, making a holistic system that makes way for humid, green fields in the drylands of Africa. The thinking behind these examples shows how Next Horizons can create redefined spheres in the future.
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Next Horizons Key Takeaways
- Next Horizons are not goals but long-term thinking mindsets.
- Transforming of our nexus begins with accepting our economies are embedded within nature.
- The future of design should simply not create waste.
- The composition of objects should be accessed, made and recirculated in tune with a long-term and circular mindset.
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