Looking back at five years of catalytic change
The Australian Futures Project grew out of a desire to build Australia's capacity to make decisions for a flourishing shared future.
Five years ago, we launched a bold experiment, “a crazy idea to make Australia a better place", and asked three big questions...
1. Can we effectively identify opportunities to improve discrete parts of the system?
Yes: We have strong evidence that our work has produced real impact for organisations and individuals working on the big issues affecting Australia's future.
2. Can we positively change the system itself?
Yes: We have created programs that focus on the big levers for change: broad leadership and active contribution from all levels of society (especially the political class, public servants and change-makers across sectors); 21st Century Service competence for a complex, fast-changing world (especially public servants and change-makers); and new, productive relationships across sectors.
3. Can we build trusting partnerships based on a reputation for bold, high-quality, innovative work?
Yes: We have worked with blue-chip organisations and respected individuals across Australia, and built a large, enthusiastic network of supporters that includes leading figures in many sectors.
By the numbers...
Constructive Government-Focussed Initiatives
1,000+ Public Servants from 25+ Departments and 5% of politicians have participated in our courses
100% of 21st Century Service participants have applied skills and behaviours to their work
100% of all Parliamentary Leaders participants stated that the course had a positive influence on their ability to govern
1,100 Australians surveyed for the National Values Assessment
30 experts participated to answer the publics burning questions for What's the Future, Australia?
Thought Leadership: Articulating the Big Picture
Three major cross-sector roundtables convened, leading to new initiatives
Two national polls conducted and disseminated through summary analysis
Anchor of four Boss/Optus 'True Leaders Game Changers' podcasts
12 papers on discrete topics and system-level issues that investigate how the change system works, where the levers for change lie and how to activate them