Our multi-stakeholder planning processes, strategic guidance, and integrated systems assessments reveal the interconnected and cascading risks from climate change and disaster. We identify the most critical actions needed to manage risk and build resilience, and structure transition pathways for a positive future.

The challenge

Systemic risk – the new normal?

Across the globe, more frequent catastrophic bushfires, more intense hurricanes and cyclones, and more frequent or severe droughts and floods are just some of the experiences causing people to realise that climate change can have complex and far-reaching consequences across society.

Dry landscape burning. The North Black range fire, east of Canberra.

These cannot always be predicted in advance, so we need to have the adaptability and agility to manage emerging risks and also seize emerging opportunities.  We have not necessarily equipped ourselves to handle this kind of systemic, cross-sectoral risk or the scenario-based adaptive planning required to address it. This means that we need to change the way in which we plan and make decisions if we are going to unlock significant action to limit climate change and live successfully under a changed climate.

If we don’t embrace change in how we make decisions, not just in the details of what we decide, we may fail to identify critical risks to our economic productivity, societal well-being, and the natural environment.  As a result, we may inadvertently constrain or block off adaptive pathways for us into the future, embedding greater future risk.

Importantly, we may also fail to recognise the emerging opportunities to create a positive step-change in sustainability and resilience.

Our response

New ways to plan for and invest in our future

We develop new ways to envision and strategically plan for the multiple possible futures society may be facing under climate change as well as other disruptors. We use those techniques to design the decision-making and governance systems that not only help navigate current uncertainty and disruption but will also ensure that future change and disruption can be managed without losing what is most valued. 

Transition planning requires a clear understanding of shared goals.

We are also exploring new investment vehicles that can unlock sustainable investment in infrastructure and nature-based solutions to actively build the resilience of our economy and society. 

Techniques we have developed for working in close collaboration with governments, communities and businesses form a toolkit that we can draw on in a flexible way to develop bespoke solutions for diverse customers who are ready to take a fundamental, systemic approach to building disaster and climate resilience – including risk and vulnerability assessment, pathways and transition planning, and designing resilience-building interventions. 

Perhaps most of all, our customers value the way we foster participatory multi-stakeholder partnerships to support major change initiatives, because building climate resilience requires a portfolio of coordinated actions.

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We partner with small and large companies, government and industry in Australia and around the world.

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