Biography

Paul Raskin is President of the Tellus Institute. He founded Tellus in 1976, Stockholm Environment Institute – U.S. in 1989, the Global Scenario Group (GSG) in 1995, and the Great Transition Initiative (GTI) in 2003. The overarching theme of his work has been envisioning and analyzing alternative scenarios of development, and identifying the strategies, policies and values for a transition toward a future of environmental sustainability and human justice. He has pioneered integrated methods for long-range social and environmental assessment. Dr. Raskin taught at the university level until founding the Tellus Institute.

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To be truly radical is to make hope possible, rather than despair convincing. −Raymond Williams In a world at risk, those attuned to the dangers can feel a powerful temptation to sound apocalyptic alarms to awaken the somnolent. Arousing fear, though, without offering a compelling vision of a better path, raises only dispiriting anguish and …

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I’ll let you be in my dream if I can be in yours. —Bob Dylan Mandela City, 2084 The world today, a century after George Orwell’s nightmare year, stands as living refutation of the apocalyptic premonitions that once haunted dreams of the future. This dispatch from our awakened future surveys the contemporary moment, scenes in […]

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