Deep Transitions (DT) theory and the research project seeks to make sense of what has happened in the past (DT History) to understand trends towards the Second Deep Transition (DT Futures), the Sustainability Revolution. Read more about the research project here↗.

"In Deep Transitions thinking, socio-technical systems are systems that our societies are built on to provide for energy, mobility, food, healthcare and communication. Deep Transitions Futures research strives to accelerate the transition towards alternative systems that are sustainable and fit for tackling global these two challenges. The three future worlds present potential alternatives for the food, energy and mobility systems. The animation takes you on a journey through these worlds."

To depict future world scenarios I've illustrated nine visuals. We look at three possible futures from the perspective of food, mobility and energy systems. Later, I've made a frame by frame animation using these illustrations.

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Creative Direction & Consulting

Utrecht University Centre for Global Challenges (UGlobe)
Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex
Baillie Gifford

Imagined three worlds are: After the Frugal Turn, Do No Harm & Earthshot

"Inspired by the spirit of the 20th Century moon missions, this world resolved to solve the grand challenges of our time through human ingenuity and entrepreneurial spirit. This imagined world is guided by eco-modernism, circular economies and the adoption of mission-oriented development across all levels of governance, from local to global. Deep commitment to these strategies fuels a boom in truly radical and disruptive innovation. We call this world “Earthshot”.

Imagine a future in which limitless consumption is rejected in favour of living within the earth’s means – a world in which humanity both reduces its global footprint and balances the distribution of goods, allowing all citizens of the world an equal share of our global commons. This world is called “After the Frugal Turn”.

Imagine instead a second world, one in which dramatic biodiversity loss and ecosystem destruction forced us to rediscover our dependence on the natural world. Abandoning our neglect and disregard for the living world around us, we resolve to transform our systems, working ‘with and through nature’, understanding that humans are only one part of a spectacular indivisible web of life. In this world, the fundamental principle is “Do no Harm”."