We want a more beautiful world for more people

So many of us dedicate our lives to this pursuit. But if we’re all working toward better futures, why aren’t we there yet?

Epiphany

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Systems-level challenges are becoming more complex and critical by the day.
  • Business continues to prioritize outdated modes of industrial innovation.
  • Individual achievement is so celebrated throughout our culture that it promotes toxic and ultimately ineffectual lone-hero myths.
  • Too many people trust technology to advance humanity instead of cultivating humanity to harness technology.
  • Corporations shoehorn social good concerns into their missions rather than recognizing that their structures aren’t architected to produce widespread social good.
  • Government, corporate and nonprofit entities lack the fluidity, risk tolerance and accountability that systems-level challenges demand.
  • A cult of KPIs in philanthropy and impact investment obscures our understanding of systemic impact, and the almost ubiquitous notion of triple-bottom-line returns remains vague at best.
  • The top 1% are consolidating wealth and not effectively using it to fuel compelling responses — even when they attempt to do so.
  • Networks around the world too often masquerade affiliation as cooperation.
  • Those on the front lines of social good are hemmed in by funding constraints, stymied by risk, stretched thin by competing demands and weighed down by unnecessary bureaucracy.
  • Many who proclaim collaboration to be the new leadership move forward with strategies and structures that hinder rather than promote shared consequences and prosperity.

For a more beautiful world, we need a radically new architecture.

Humanity deserves better Epiphany

Future Architecture

The power of the intangible

Stemming from the work of Sharon Chang, future architecture applies a new, disciplined approach to the design of better futures. It zeroes in on intangible forms — trust, language and sentiment, among others — to provide pathways to more comprehensive and nuanced impact. By transcending a dominant culture that often ignores or dismisses the power of the intangible, future architecture creates the conditions necessary for humanity to thrive.

It is a vocation: anchored in hope, built on principle, fortified with ritual, learned by action, mastered through commitment and bound to deep collaboration.

Our pursuit is the creation, development and evolution of “Shared Futures.”

Story - Rule - Money
Future architecture redesigns the instruments and power dynamics of the three elements underpinning any human-created reality: story, rule and money.

From competition to collaboration

The central pursuit of future architecture is Shared Futures — potential realities born from the bold vision and dedicated stewardship of collaborative stakeholders seeking long-view and transformational impact.

A Shared Future behaves more fluidly than a corporation, which is bound by particular legal structures and jurisdictions, and with more accountability than a network, which typically expresses more affinity with than commitment to ethos and action. This new proposition at once awakens entrepreneurial spirit and channels that spirit toward delivering outcomes through collective governance. Why? Because we can no longer expect complex systemic problems to be solved by any stakeholder acting alone or by so-called multi-stakeholder partnerships with layers of bureaucracy and a lack of clear accountability.

More importantly, Shared Futures focus on creating collaborative advantage rather than competitive advantage, empowering us to navigate constantly shifting conditions together.

Origin Stories

Becoming a future architect
Sharon Chang

Sharon Chang

The architect in me moved to deconstruction in order to identify patterns. I explored how I had tried to integrate instinct, self-awareness, common sense, humility, generosity, curiosity and audacity into a cohesive and consistent way to engage the world. What emerged was a practice for making the invisible visible, the intangible tangible and the impossible possible.

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Mark de Groh

Mark de Groh

I clearly remember pausing mid-sentence, taking a deep breath and allowing myself to be honest. “Me. I bring me to the table. All of me.” And with that, I felt an incredible moment of liberation. The discipline resonated so strongly with me that I began to call myself a future architect.

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Kaz Brecher

Kaz Brecher

In this tradition, I learned to ask how and why as reflexively as breathing. And, as each answer led to more queries, I came to appreciate the value of questions as a force for deepening our understanding of the world and exploring the nature of our very humanity.

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Sarah Dickinson

Sarah Dickinson

My parents prized the capacity for wayfinding and instilled it into me: When you feel in over your head, don’t panic. Get to work. And so with the determination of a teacher’s kid and the worker-bee grit of “the North” of England you do just that.

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Kamal Sinclair

Kamal Sinclair

I bear a rich and deep legacy of ancestors (biological and kindred) who dedicated their lives to the pursuit of a just, kind, connected and inclusive world. They imagined me into existence, protected me with ferocity so that I could thrive and now call me to do the same for future generations.

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Chid Liberty

Chid Liberty

I decided to dedicate my life to this grand experiment known as Liberia, and on a larger level, post-colonial Africa. I knew that it was my calling to look forward. I wanted to help create beautiful futures with people facing difficult circumstances and build community around bending the universe’s moral arc closer to justice.

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