In May 2023, under the auspices of the Forum on Foresight for Sustainable Finance, OECD and Agence Française de Développement, 25 finance and foresight professionals from all over the world are taking part in a series of creative foresight workshops, co-facilitated by three designers and Sci Fi writers (Ketty Steward, Nadia Alter, Tim Reutemann), to collectively invent alternative futures of/with climate finance.
“Finance can be a powerful trigger for just and sustainable change, contributing to alignment of short-term interests and actions with longer-term common goals. However, while finance can be part of the solution, it also is part of the problem. Despite encouraging evolutions, today, only a fraction of financial capital and flows can be considered as climate and SDG-compatible.
How could things be different? How would a truly sustainable financial system look like?
This change is not a technical fix. The obstacles are not just around us, but also within us, in our ways of thinking and of doing things. The change we need is systemic, which requires us to also think of how different the world will be in the future. This is precisely what Science Fiction does. Sci Fi encourages us to suspend disbelief about change and make leaps of imagination. Which is what we need to imagine radical, systemic changes.”