BlindSpot Think Tank provides tailored strategic input to extend your organisation’s ambitions and influence to the scale of global challenges and opportunities. Our pioneering themes enable the scale of systemic change that has previously blocked sustainability and security solutions. Our services can be provided in a range of formats:
- Inspirational talks,
- Thought-leader training workshops,
- Advanced research collaboration,
- Executive coaching.
- Consultancy including reviews, feasibility studies and horizon scanning.
For business, government, research and civil society organisations this can mean the difference between solutions-as-usual and relevant change. The new perspectives of our themes provides a vantage point from which to advance effective change both within systems and of systems. For example expanding the horizon of CSR beyond the organisation’s impacts invites new thinking both on preventing impacts and on supportive policy frameworks to accelerate CSR.
- Planet Levers. How to create effective change on a scale that others cannot even imagine. Identify high-leverage policy solutions to reverse damaging system dynamics across a range of issues. See more…
- Climate Rescue. Climate chaos is a symptom. Climate rescue is the whole system solution. How to quickly implement the attractive carbon-negative future in which people’s needs can continue to be met. See more…
- Circular Economy 4 Real. An economy that restores resources is the biggest business opportunity. But only if it happens everywhere. Markets can be harnessed to ‘precycle’ everything. See more…
- Unlearn Unsustainability. This is a powerful antidote to conventional thinking that causes but cannot solve problems. Curiosity-led learning and managing real world complexity without ‘shrinking thinking’. See more…
Some of our clients and project partners are pictured below. Please get in touch now so we can learn how best to help you.
Planet Levers. You’ll learn:
How breaking big problems into pieces became the standard approach and why it hasn’t worked for the biggest problems.
How to visualise the complexity in global systems, in the patterns of systems and in mechanisms to change these patterns.
Examples of topical issues pictured as a map revealing the three possible positions for attempting to manage problems.
How the most important strategies, for security, economic growth and global problem-solving are self-defeating due to neglect of system change options.
Policy options for systemic change to reverse worsening trends with multiple acute international issues.
How a global security goal-set can unite shared global goals, even those that seem in conflict.
Strategy for designing out herd thinking, externalities, waste, violent conflict, inequalities, ecosystem loss, debt and austerity.
Our project on Planet Levers.
Climate Rescue. You’ll learn:
How habits of thinking have delayed effective climate solutions for decades.
Why climate summits haven’t worked, due to neglect of systems thinking.
Some basic science of how carbon concentrations determine equilibrium global temperatures.
From demonstration of carbon-negative cooking; making a blindspot visible and tangible.
Visualising the 3 levels of the climate problem: the system, the patterns, and the change options.
Policy options for change; old incrementalism and new opportunities for fast radical change.
Three ways that carbon-negative can be cost-negative.
How to plan and implement the attractive carbon-negative future that now seems possible.
Optionally: building a carbon-negative cookstove that makes biochar not ash.
Our project on Climate Rescue.
Circular Economy 4 Real. You’ll learn:
Circular economy as a common thread in all resource-related sustainability issues.
How it’s been sought in different ways since 1966 and why it hasn’t happened.
Theories of change and the psychology of escaping an unsustainable future.
The 1975 waste hierarchy as the basic practical tool and why it doesn’t work.
Precycling as the circular economy in practice. How to precycle anything.
Linear and circular economics as strategic options for economic growth.
Waste-risk as a simple cross-issue indicator for circular economy and climate.
A market-based tool to put circular economy into prices, markets and growth.
How this can align personal, business, political, ecological, community and shared values.
Unlearn Unsustainability. You’ll learn:
How the world is dramatically failing the ‘Einstein Test’ of being able to solve its problems by thinking differently.
How ‘shrinking thinking’ is steadily diminishing our capacity for large scale problem solving, just as the problems get bigger.
That complexity is infinite at all scales, so it doesn’t become more manageable in bits.
What happens when herd thinking, reductionism, denial and fundamentalism underpin problem-solving.
The roles of education, media, peer conformity, psychological self-defense and institutional boundaries.
How to design-out shrinking thinking with non-predetermined curiosity-led learning in education and training.
How to awaken our innate systems thinking skills by working with ‘planet levers’; policy options for global change at key ‘leverage points’.
Our project to Unlearn Unsustainability.
Please make contact to see how these pioneering themes or our other expertise can support your work.