Para Limes

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Dealing with complexity lies at the heart of Para Limes

We cannot be certain about our future, and we do not know all the drivers that shape it (like demographic dynamics, climate or inequality). Nor do we understand the complexity of the interactions between such drivers. But we can explore what lies ahead of us, to find what we need to know. That is what Para Limes is about. We explore dynamics that are already relevant for society but are not yet recognised as such, and we explore the domain of the unknown to identify drivers that may become existentially relevant for our future.

Para Limes means “Beyond Boundaries”. Its activities are not limited by national, institutional, academic or political boundaries, but by imagination only.

OUR PURPOSE

To probe the future of our world through daring explorations.
Most advances in understanding our world were induced by individuals with explorative minds. They dared to step in the unknown and open new perspectives for humanity. When exploration leads imagination, possibilities to improve health and wellbeing in a peaceful and flourishing world seem almost limitless. When exploitation leads, the limits of such a world become painfully visible. As existential threats start to destabilise our societies and cloud our views, the world, more than ever, needs explorers.

Para Limes was set up to invigorate explorations in a complex world and to be a platform from which explorations are launched.

OUR VALUE IS IN WHAT WE DO

Anticipating problems that we do not yet know about

Para Limes brings together the best thinkers to explore the complexity of our future and identify emerging developments that may already be or will become existentially relevant to society.

Involving stakeholders

Para Limes advances a highly effective approach to explore such emerging developments. Our unique strength has been to assemble a mixture of ‘explorers’ from academia and from industry whose experience and perspectives differ but are also complementary.

Expanding a worldwide community of outstanding people

Over the last 15 years, Para Limes built a worldwide network of outstanding people to identify and take on the complex challenges of the future.

Our main tools for explorations are high level non-disciplinary conferences. All these conferences are recorded on video and accessible through YouTube or Past Events. The video Rapidly Running Out of Time presents a sample of impressions from our webinar Buying Time for Climate Action. It also gives you access to a sample of the discussions and some key conclusions on the book Buying Time for Climate Action, exploring ways around stumbling blocks.

Our main tools for explorations are high level non-disciplinary conferences. All these conferences are recorded on video and accessible through YouTube or Past Events. The video Rapidly Running Out of Time presents a sample of impressions from our webinar Buying Time for Climate Action. It also gives you access to a sample of the discussions and some key conclusions on the book Buying Time for Climate Action, exploring ways around stumbling blocks.

OUR VALUE PROPOSITIONS

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To use complexity lenses to explore the world and the challenges it poses.

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To match the power of the present-day knowledge with the challenges of the future.

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To expose people and organisations to those challenges, to present them with possible ways to address those and to entice them to work towards solutions.