Enabling change in our Society, Environment and Economy (SEE)

Our Future History

Our Future History

‘It is business as usual that is the utopian fantasy’. – Paul Raskin

As a community we don’t currently have a shared vision, so we need to start a discourse about where we want to go as a society, and then create the kind of world that we really want, together. The Our Future History Project aims to build a future history of Canberra through the eyes of the community.

Creating a shared vision for Canberra is a critical task facing our community. We have the ability to transition to focusing on quality of life for all, solidarity, and ecocentrism in our economy, democracy, environment, community and education. But what does that look like? Help us find out!

A key aspect of making change in a specific and positive direction is having a clear vision of the desired goal that is shared by a large amount of people. If we had common goals as a society, based around prosperity for all within ecological constraints, fairness, and equality, imagine what we could achieve!
We held two events in April 2017

Event Summary
Topic Summaries: IndigenousDemocracyEqualityNatural_EnvironmentCarbon_NeutralityFoodEconomyEducationCommunity,

Rob Hopkins Video

Canberra Transition Map 2017

Through our  two events the Canberra community came together to identify some of the possibilities that we will continue to refine, work towards, and ultimately achieve:

  • We want a society where the original custodians of this land are rightfully recognised via treaty. First Nation’s people, who have shown for 40,000- 60,000 years that they can take care of our country, will be at the heart of political, environmental, and economic movements.
  • Power in the hands of the people. Participatory democracy and just representation for all people and the planet will form the heart of our society; where we all have great responsibility to determination and ample time to participate.
  • An economic system not committed to growth at the cost of all else, but a circular, equitable, steady-state economy with sane and sustainable levels of production.
  • A monetary system which doesn’t promote debt, finances social projects, is controlled by the community, and backed by a vibrant local economy.
  • Democracy in the workplace in the form of cooperatives, community groups, democratisation of capital, and equitable pay and working conditions.
  • Consumption of goods and services at a sane and sustainable rates; where we aren’t manipulated into consuming what we don’t need and producers are obliged to internalise costs and have set responsibilities regarding environmental performance.
  • Equality. Opportunity is accessible for all of those who want to better themselves. Wage gaps are bordering on non-existent, and the greatest remuneration going to those who provide the most benefit to our society, not to those who take the most from it.
  • Where measures of progress are informative, meaningful, community based, accurate, and actually help us pursue what really matters.
  • A city that is not only carbon neutral in its buildings, energy, transport, waste, and consumption; but regenerative, increasing our biocapacity.
  • Recognition that we need functioning ecosystems to survive and every effort to maintain them in a healthy state is made, along with our nine planetary boundaries being recognised and actively pursued.
  • A vibrant local food hub not dependent on industrial agriculture and corporate duopolies but flourishing with many and varied local organic growers supported by sustainable agriculture policies.
  • Community. Interdependent communities based on trust, social capital, resilience, and love; confronting common risks through grassroots movements.
  • Enable everyone to reach their full potential through affordable lifelong education opportunities.
  • Ensure everyone access to safe and affordable housing.

 Future events

We will continue to host events around Canberra in an effort to get a true representation of our community’s hopes for the future of Canberra; with the goal of developing a timeline for change (similar to an Energy Decent Action Plan).


We have partnered with Communities @ Work to continue to bring this project to the Canberra community, and will look to help A24 take the venture Australia-wide.



With thanks to our


  • ACT Government Environment and Planning
  • The Association of Independent Schools of the ACT (AISACT)
  • Catholic Education Office (Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn)
  • Education and Training Directorate
  • ACT Government