Remember the Future 2030 — The Civana Dream

The future is not to be predicted, it is to be achieved. Civana launched in Davos last week with a ‘Remember the Future in 2030’ celebration of the achievement of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We shared a dream of living in harmony with each other and nature with a new social contract and ethic that is fit for purpose. We will have designed our society for regenerative abundance. We will have decentralized systems for direct democracy and governance that are anti-rivalrous, antifragile, and auto-catalytic that embrace our collective intelligence. We will have created new systems for universal healthcare, education and basic income. In short, we will have tackled humanity’s greatest challenges by coming together as a united civilization. This is not simply a possibility for our future, it must be an inevitability.

We are living through a time of great transition. Our world is on fire. I could reel off all the disgraceful statistics about species extinction, runaway climate change, rising inequality and more but I’m sure you already know — we’re in a crisis unlike anything ever seen before.

In Davos last week, the Edelman Trust Barometer revealed that 4 out of 5 people on the planet believe the system is broken and 2 out of 3 people believe the future is going to be even worse. Meanwhile, most efforts typically tweak at the edges of the existing system, stuck in the same win-lose narrative and the victim, hero, perpetrator unwholesome threesome. Imagine our civilization had a compass and we need to head north. Most adaptations take us from South to South-South-West. Tweaking the existing system is not a viable strategy to get us out of this pickle.

On 25th May 1961, President John F. Kennedy said before Congress the United States “should commit itself to achieve the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth.” James Webb was leading NASA at the time and in response to JFK’s announcement he organized an ‘Apollo Mission Success’ party to celebrate the successful landing on the moon 8 years before it happened. He invited the brightest minds in America to come together for the party. When the engineers, professors, and rocket scientists all came into the smartest room they’d ever been in they realized this was the invitation to be part of a team that would inevitably bend the arc of history.

There is great power in planting a collective belief in a vision for the future. Interestingly, NASA’s total budget between 1958 and 2018 has been $601 Billion. Meanwhile, experts predict that between 2015 to 2030 achieving the SDGs will cost an estimated $65 Trillion. That is more than 100 times the entire budget of NASA across its 70-year history. In short, achieving the SDGs is by far the greatest challenge our civilization has ever undertaken. The SDGs are also the most comprehensive framework for humanity’s thriving future that we have. Despite this, we need an additional $50 Trillion in funding on top of the existing $1.4 Trillion already being spent on the SDGs each year if we are to achieve the goals by 2030. Our current effort is like only having enough rocket fuel to get to near earth orbit but nowhere near the moon and back.

Inspired by Webb’s NASA celebration party, Civana invited some of the most powerful people in the world to celebrate the achievement of the SDGs. The event was one of the best-attended and diverse gatherings during Davos. People from every corner of the world shared their dreams for how we collectively achieved the SDGs.

We had 20 people give ‘Future Casts’ sharing their stories around how we achieved the SDGs. We all agreed it is time to build the future our children demand of us. The Future Casts included:

In the eleven years, I’ve been to Davos, I’d never experienced anything as positive. We will be repeating this celebration in the future until we do this celebration in the present. I believe it is time to celebrate our way into making the future we all want a reality.

I invite you to be part of making this dream a reality. I invite you to apply to be among the first Founding Members of the Civana Community. We’re looking for community managers, designers, developers, funders, creatives and others committed to working together on humanity’s greatest challenges. This is the time for us all to be part of creating a thriving united civilization. The future is ours to bring into the present.

About Civana

Civana is a global community committed to working together on humanity’s greatest challenges. Civana focuses on creating products and programs for movements, communities, and multi-stakeholder initiatives looking to maximize their impact on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Civana’s first product is a digital collaboration tool being developed to intelligently integrate the diverse initiatives working on the SDG’s with the purpose of mobilizing, linking, and sharing knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources.

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Lucian Tarnowski

Founding Curator of Civana — A global community working together on humanity’s greatest challenges