The Australian Futures Project is a non-partisan, non-profit organisation dedicated to ending short-termism in Australia. Our vision is an Australia where all parts of society demand and work together constructively toward decisions and action that balance the immediate and long-term needs of the country.
After a career leading complex, international public policy initiatives, Ralph Ashton founded The Australian Futures Project in 2012 to try to understand the reasons for Australia’s short-termism, and to find ways of addressing it. Ralph met with over 1,000 leaders across Australian society, including politicians, community leaders, CEOs, journalists, academics and opinion makers to discuss ways to end this logjam while ensuring Australia’s continued prosperity.
It was from these discussions that The Australian Futures Project was born. Throughout our first six years, we experimented and developed initiatives with catalytic impact to help improve how Australia creates its future. This includes two state-wide programs on the future of Agriculture, 21stCentury Service – a course for public servants on solving complex challenges, My Big Idea – a national conversation engaging 15 million Australians on the future of the country and the Parliamentary Leaders Program – Australia’s only program dedicated to transforming the leadership of our nation’s politicians.
Based on our first six years, Australian Futures Project is launching three new initiatives in 2019 to tackle the three root causes of short-termism; the national conversation, politics and our system for decision-making.
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