Planning Committee Meeting, March
David Harries, Vice-President
of Alliance for Capitalizing
on Change represented the upcoming Canadian Node. Representing
the newest organization joining the MP network, David focused on introducing
the organization and its goals along with their interest and projected
activities as a future Node.
Alliance for Capitalizing
There is a deep desire among millions of us – both as individuals and organizations
– for a future which is truly prosperous, sustainable and humane.
There is also widespread fear that the profound, globalizing changes now
washing over every person, family, organization and society are carrying
us away from, not towards, such a future.
There is no place to hide from such globalizing change. Human freedom
in history never means the freedom to escape the fundamental trends of
an epoch. (Langdon Gilkey)
To ensure relevance, we must learn to explore and understand profound societal
Only by learning to capitalize on change will we be able to replace our
fear with the justifiable confidence that we are able to influence the
shape of the future by making sound strategic decisions today.
We must also learn to capitalize on change – to grasp the strategic opportunities
and mitigate the threats which are hidden within it, and to do so before
the opportunities dissipate and the threats become crises.
Until now, no organization has been solely dedicated to encouraging
and enabling all of us to learn to understand and capitalize on change
and to do so in a holistic manner.
Capitalizing on change requires...
Legitimacy – a supportive community which openly values and advocates for
strategic foresight and courageous action.
Safe and reliable spaces for engaging in ongoing strategic dialogue
and learning with others who share our commitments. This work cannot be
Access to the best practitioners and researchers from around the world
and to their insights into the emerging character and requirements of the
Thus The Alliance...
Canada's only body solely designed to make it easier for all interested
persons and organizations to explore, understand and capitalize on change
and, thus, influence the shape of their future.
What is the Alliance?
The Alliance is unique.
Explicitly designed for the 21st Century.
Designed to serve and support both individuals and organizations from every
sector of society.
Part think tank, part research consortium, part learning academy, part
consulting firm, part voluntary organization, part gymnasium and part playground.
Carefully designed, developed and prototyped over the last three years.
Over 500 persons and 50 organizations, mostly from Alberta, have invested
$500,000 and dozens of person/years in this work.
Your Portal to the Future…providing direct access to information, remarkable
people and global networks through our web site. www.capitalizingonchange.org
Now fully operational.
Characteristics of The Alliance
Committed to Canadians as global citizens
Owned by our members, both organizations and persons
Our Core Roles
Public leadership and advocacy for strategic foresight and capitalizing
Opportunities for dialogue and learning about the dimensions, drivers
& dynamics of change.
Research and strategic foresight projects; always in cooperation with
Information about change, innovation and living as a learner.
High-quality consulting services.
We are the Canadian node of an emerging global network for strategic foresight,
innovation and learning. This network will multiply our effectiveness,
extend our reach and provide global access to remarkable persons and current
Corporate Form. We are...
Incorporated as a Part II Corporation (not-for-profit) under the Canada
Owned by and accountable to our members – both individuals and organizations.
Headquartered in Calgary.
Chaired by John Webb, Chairman and CEO, electro Business.com
Served by the best future-oriented professionals in Canada.
Our Foundation – a related body – is being registered as a Charitable
We have both Sustaining Partners and Business Partners – organizations
in every sector of society who support our existence, value our work and
use our services.
Now over 2,400 participants. No charge to be on our e-mail or mail list.
Miriam Nelson, Administrator. 1-877-538-8873
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