Our research focuses on four unifying ideas:
enhancing systems’ sustainability and resilience,
reducing footprints, and increasing handprints.
Sustainability focuses on meeting our own needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. It includes in three pillars: social (people) environmental (planet), and economic (profit).
Resilience is the ability to thrive in the face of change.
Together, these two concepts identify key social, environmental, and economic goals that move the world towards net-positive targets and enhance its ability to withstand disruptions and devastations from environmental and technological changes.
A footprint is a metric used to represent environmental or social impact. For example, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (an environmental footprint) measures climate change impact. Wage assessment measures labor rights (a social footprint).
Handprints are changes, relative to business as usual, measured with footprint metrics, e.g., environmental handprint and social handprint.
Together, these two concepts measure negative impacts and positive changes relative to achieving net-positive targets.