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The Future Institute is a unique initiative that conducts international research and consultancy work to promote future’s literacy with a particular focus on marginalised people and Muslim communities and societies.
The current geopolitical climate across the Muslim world and “South” more generally requires thought leadership from within their own traditions that can successfully chart a way forward on issues of politics, economics, society and technology that espouse critical thinking, an ethical imagination and preferred de-colonised futures.
The expansion of the work of the Future Institute to include research on global trends affecting Muslim majority societies and diaspora communities; training and equipping of local and regional policy makers across the Muslim world in futures thinking and providing insightful and practical policy recommendations to global actors is now not only possible, but essential.
The Future Institute seeks to expand its research on post normal times and preferred futures as applied to the pressing geopolitical trends and issues of the day. The application of a futures thinking to the areas of politics, economics, society and technology (“PEST”) represents a sea change from the old and tired paradigms of current think tank and research institutions. This largely academic pursuit, rooted in the reality of the world as it is, is essential to chart a course forward for Muslim societies globally.
The second objective, to train and equip a generation of policy makers and influencers who approach the world and policy making through the lens of futures thought and post-normal times, is essential to move the work of the Future Institute from pure theory to application on the ground. Much of this work will be informed by local issues and understandings, while considering global trends as borne out by relevant research.
Finally, the Future Institute will set out a series of policy recommendations that concern Muslim majority countries, Muslims in minority diaspora communities, and marginalised people more broadly. These recommendations will take into account the learning from both
The Future Institute is governed by an international Board of Trustees. The Trustees are carefully selected so that they are able to provide competent oversight with regards to the organisation’s values, vision, mission, strategy and delivery plan; legal and charitable compliance; finances and financial sustainability; and the reputational health of the organisation. The Board meets at least once a year, and where possible or required twice a year.
Initially, The Future Institute looks to expand its operations from London, phasing in centres in Kuala Lumpur, Istanbul, Islamabad and Washington to increase regional depth of knowledge and global insight.
The current operating model of The Future Institute is being utilised and enhanced to the following organisational structure:
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