Scanning our Future is currently a small project in startup mode, seeking to understand how it can contribute in a large, complex field. The founder and funder of SOF is Alan Heeks, a social entrepreneur and writer (see www.alanheeks.com). He is working in partnership with Schumacher Institute.
Alan has been exploring resilience for many years: he has led personal development workshops and retreats on this theme, set up a woodland and retreat centre showing how to learn resilience from naturural ecosystems (see www.hazelhill.org.uk), and founded Wisdom Tree, who support front-line service teams (www.wisdomtree.uk.net).
The Schumacher Institute is an independent think tank for environmental, social and economic issues, based in Bristol. They are involved in a range of research programmes, projects, organising seminars, and consultancy. See more at www.schumacherinstitute.org.uk.
The Institute’s involvement in Scanning our Future is being led by their Director Ian Roderick: his early career was in Operational Research, with an MSc in 1975, and he co-founded a successful software company in 1982. In 2002 he completed an MSc in responsibility and business practice at Bath University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society, co-founder of The Converging World, and is on the advisory board of Low Carbon South West.