The following are collections of exciting and inspiring solutions to Anthropocene Challenges. If you know of other collections of solutions to global challenges, please contact us.
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The Partnerships for Sustainable Development Goals
UN online platform that collects several thousand initiatives and projects that support the achievement of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
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Sustainia – Building the World of Tomorrow
Sustainia is a think tank and consultancy headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark. We identify readily available sustainability solutions across the world and demonstrate their potential impacts and benefits in our work with cities, companies, and communities. By focusing on innovative breakthroughs, inspiring alternatives and new opportunities, Sustainia is shaping a new narrative of optimism and hope for a sustainable future that seeks to motivate instead of scaring people with gloom and doomsday scenarios.
100 city solutions for a greener and fairer future: http://solutions.sustainia.me/cities/
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Beautiful Solutions – This Changes Everything
Beautiful solutions gathers the most promising and contagious strategies for building a more just, democratic and resilient world
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#itshappening: real signs of a brighter future
This is a story of things going right. We’re collecting signs of the shift to a low carbon world: find your favourite and shout it from the rooftops.
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The Story of Solutions
The Story of Solutions, released in October 2013, explores how we can move our economy in a more sustainable and just direction, starting with orienting ourselves toward a new goal. In the current ‘Game of More’, we’re told to cheer a growing economy – more roads, more malls, more Stuff! – even though our health indicators are worsening, income inequality is growing and polar icecaps are melting. But what if we changed the point of the game? What if the goal of our economy wasn’t more, but better – better health, better jobs and a better chance to survive on the planet? Shouldn’t that be what winning means?
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Solutions for a sustainable and desirable future
Solutions is a non-profit print and online publication devoted to showcasing bold and innovative ideas for solving the world’s integrated ecological, social, and economic problems.
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Buckminster Fuller Institute Idea Index
The Idea Index serves as a tool to educate, network, and help solve problems. As an educational tool, the Index is full of hopeful, exciting ideas and solutions to pressing global problems. As a networking tool, the Index allows site visitors to contact the project leaders, leave a constructive and/or encouraging comment and connect with one another. It presents a fully searchable database of socially-responsible initiatives, in all stages of development, in need of further funding and support.
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AskNature Collections are collections of solutions to global design problems based on biomimicry. AskNature Collections feature content that is curated thematically, often addressing one of our greatest 21st century design challenges. Explore this library to learn how natural Strategies or biomimetic Products that may at first seem unrelated can collectively inspire you to create a new life-friendly solution.
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The Eco-Tipping Points Project
EcoTipping Points are levers for restoring sustainability to our imperiled environment – small actions that tip the balance from decline to restoration by tapping the inborn power of nature and human societies to heal themselves. Many environmental and social problems are so complex and overwhelming it’s hard to know where to begin. But pioneering communities around the world are showing what it takes to succeed. This project assembles their stories.
The scientific goal of the EcoTipping Points Project is to better understand what made them successful. The pragmatic goal is to help people identify “tipping point” levers right at home – concrete actions that they and their community can act upon. The EcoTipping Points Project is dedicated to making the stories and their lessons known through the media, workshops, and direct collaboration with community groups.
Panorama – Inspiring Protected Area Solutions (IPAS)
The Panorama is an effort to collate case studies that showcase how protected areas provide solutions to some of the world’s challenges – we call these case studies Inspiring Protected Areas Solutions (IPAS). The Panorama allows practitioners to share their stories and to learn about how others have tackled problems related to protected areas across the globe. An initial portfolio of solution case studies was launched at the IUCN World Parks Congress (WPC) 2014 in Sydney, together with the first prototype of the online platform. The congress was leveraged as an opportunity to complement this portfolio with a multitude of “solution stories” from participants.
Food sharing, is increasingly being identified as one transformative mechanism for sustainable cities: reducing consumption; conserving resources, preventing waste and providing new forms of socio-economic relations. The SHARECITY project has created a database of food sharing projects from around the world.
Examples of community based sustainability initiatives from Europe.