Foundational EssayGreat Transition: The Promise and Lure of the Times Ahead
Pathbreaking study of civilization at the crossroads, from historic roots to alternative scenarios
Slide Show
Overview of Great Transition ideas
VideoGlobal Futures
Lecture by GTI Director Paul Raskin at Harvard University
Paper SeriesFrontiers of a Great Transition
Institutional, cultural, and environmental dimensions of a GT shift
GTI Perspectives
Viewpoints on critical issues
Futures in Motion
Explore alternative scenarios by the numbers
The Century Ahead: Searching for Sustainability
Simulations of four contrasting futures

Visions and Pathways for a Hopeful Future

A Great Transition to a future of enriched lives, human solidarity, and environmental sustainability is possible.

The Great Transition Initiative is a growing international network of scholars and activists that analyzes alternative scenarios and charts a path to a hopeful future.

At once rigorous and inspiring, the Great Transition story brings the message that we can create a better world if we shift our values and transform our institutions.

Critical to this transition is growing public awareness of the dangers ahead and the need to revise our ways of living – and living together – on this planet. In this, our time of choice, we need a vast movement of global citizens to carry forward a Great Transition.

Image of woman handing the earth to a child

Key Concepts

A long view...
history has entered the planetary phase of civilization
A global community...
humanity and Earth are bound in a common destiny
A fear...
looming crises portend a time of troubles
A choice...
we can shape the future by imagining what it could be
A vision...
a great transition to a sustainable and just society is possible
A conviction...
a new global consciousness is ready to crystallize


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