Future Stewards will create the cadre of leaders needed to achieve breakthroughs in addressing climate change by 2020 – within the timeframe that science demands to:

  • Bend the curve of risk and negative impact.
  • Keep the world within 1.5 degrees of warming.
  • Protect the most vulnerable populations.

1. Multiplying the impact of committed leaders working on climate change

  • Personal and organisational growth to help them drive bold, effective transformation.
  • Cross-sector partnerships where collaboration is crucial (but not yet happening).

2. Bringing new leaders into the collective effort

  • Helping influential business and policy leaders (not yet fully engaged) to recognise the implications for their organisations/constituencies – and enable them to take action.
  • A safe entry point for them to join the global response.

3. Contributing our learning to the ‘Commons’

  • Our methodology, tools and outcomes for systemic transformation shared freely.
  • A community of skilled facilitators and project leaders to cascade new practices that address complex systemic challenges.

4. Engaging new forms of investment, patronage and support

  • Committed partners across sectors who wish to accelerate this work.
  • Enabling them to introduce new forms of leadership within their organisations.

Why this work is needed now

We need urgent, global action.

COPs 21&22 signalled a shift from the pursuit of a mandate to address climate change, towards fast-paced implementation at scale. Bending the curve of emissions by 2020 is the only way to keep global warming within sustainable limits, making 2020 the ‘Climate Turning Point’. This will require an exponentially greater level of co-ordinated response than we’ve seen to date.

We are struggling with complexity.

The climate community has yet to connect long-term impact with present-day priorities. We need to weave the science into short and mid-term business and government agendas.

We have the means to improve our capacity to act.

We require extraordinary levels of collaboration between parties with differing priorities. This involves deeper and messier partnerships that are strong enough to execute a series of ‘moon shots’ over the next decade. Leaders will need to be courageous and open to all possibilities – even when this requires transformation of themselves and their own organisations.

How we will respond


1. Pathfinders

Cultivate a network of leaders committed to the personal growth and bold action needed to fill the leadership gap and address climate change.

Deep Practitioners

2. Deep Practitioners

Enable a community of practitioners to face the challenges with hope and compassion, and shift the scale and pace of action through transformative innovation.

Global Influencers

3. Global Influencers

Grow the community of influential leaders who grasp both the scale of the challenge, and the opportunity to transform business and society.

Find out how you can join Future Stewards in leading new ways to counter climate change.