Alternative Futures seeks to use knowledge and communication as tools to work towards a more humane, just and creative future. We research on and bring to you insights, innovations and inspiring stories to facilitate the process of social changes as well as personal transformation. Through these efforts, we seek to strengthen and expand the community of willing change-makers. Through our work we also seek to influence government policies towards these objectives. The key principles that guide us are: sustainability; social justice; spirituality and cultural pluralism.
Ecological sustainability: a mode of living 'lightly' on earth – that respects and conserves the life-giving potential of nature for future generations, while emphasizing the equitable use of natural resources by present generations. It recognizes the importance and the rightful place of other living creatures.
Social justice: the social conditions and democratic governance which can provide all human beings – rich/poor, men/women - with adequate opportunities to grow up healthy and secure. Such an environment is necessary to help people to develop their skills and talents, and to enable the flowering of their personalities.
Spirituality: acknowledgement/realisation of the one-ness of all existence. In acknowledging these unseen bonds of connected-ness, the attitude of spirituality promotes peace and harmony, love and tolerance between self and other (including nature).
Cultural pluralism: the desired co-existence of cultures on equal terms and with mutual respect. It seeks to work against the undue dominance of some cultures/cultural traits over other cultures due to economic, political or technological might.