Creativity and Adaptability for Sustainability in the 21st Century
As a writer, consultant, speaker, trainer, and facilitator, I focus my efforts at Novel Futures in three areas critical for bringing sustainable development to the heart of decision making in the 21st century, be it in a government office, the boardroom or the kitchen:
scan the above links for a glimpse of my books, publications and projects
I am a strategic management expert and policy adviser for sustainable development with 20 years of experience in the areas of participatory scenario planning and foresight, sustainable development strategies, integrated planning, indicator information systems, corporate social responsibility, and adaptive policy-making and governance.
I have a master's degree in Public Administration and International Development from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and a master's in Geo-environmental Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan. As both a strategic management expert and a professional engineer, I draw from a diverse policy-science knowledge base when assisting organizations in the collective pursuit of sustainability, accountability and adaptability.
I previously served the International Institute for Sustainable Development - IISD for ten years as a past director of the Measurement & Assessment Program, and as a program leader and creator of the IISD Foresight Group, among other roles. And today I continue to be an associate of the institute.
Over the past twenty years I have managed a wide variety of projects in Asia & Pacific, Latin America & Caribbean, Middle East, Africa, Europe and North America. I have worked with the United Nations (including UNDG, UNDP, UNICEF, UNEP, and UNDESA); international development agencies (including Germany's GIZ, the Canadian International Development Agency, and the International Development Research Centre); federal and provincial governments in North America and the Caribbean; and international and community-based organizations such as the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, Institute for Social and Environmental Transition, Bertelsmann Stiftung, and the United Way.
Published by Bertelsmann and co-authored by Darren Swanson
Sustaineo 2030 - "you’re very unlikely to find anything else quite as original - and even interesting!." - read full review
Sir Jonathon Porritt
Author of 'The World We Make' and 'Capitalism As if the World Matters
"A critically important read for policy-makers confronted with a ‘perfect storm’ of global economic, social and environmental crises"
– Jim MacNeill, Secretary General of the World Commission on Environment and Development and President of MacNeill and Associates
for such clients as Bertelsmann Stiftung, the United Nations Office for Sustainable Development, the United Nations Environment Programme, Manitoba Hydro, International Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change, International Institute for Sustainable Development
for such clients as the UN Development Group, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs - Division for Sustainable Development, Agriculture and Agri-food Canada, Natural Resources Canada, United Nations Office for Sustainable Development, Bertelsmann Stiftung, International Institute for Sustainable Development, GIZ, IDRC, Harvard Centre for International Development
Forums, Retreats, Workshops, and Conferences for such organizations as the UN Office for Sustainable Development, UNDP, Islamic Development Bank, IISD, others
TV, Radio, Internet
CBC Radio - The Current, RTCC, Greensense
Sustainable development, National Environment Outlooks, Adaptive Policies International Institute for Sustainable Development, United Nations Environment Programme - Global Environment Outlook, United Nations Office for Sustainable Development
Published by the United Nations Development Group. Researched and authored by Darren Swanson under the guidance of a reference group constituted under the Sustainable Development Working Group of the United Nations Development Group
Bertelsmann Stiftung - editor and publisher. See chapter on 'Global Trends in Sustainable Development' co-authored by Darren Swanson
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