Learning and Adapting for a Rapidly Changing World

Linking Adaptive Management, Ecosystem Governance & Developmental Evaluation  

Every day, global, regional and local forces are reshaping our lives.  How we respond is the greatest challenge of our time.  At SustainaMetrix, we are developing tools and methods to sequence and prioritize what is needed to navigate and adapt to ecosystem change.  The scale and magnitude of ecosystem change requires frameworks, methods and tools to quickly recognize context, identify patterns, understand power and influence, and work to see complex systems together.  We build, apply and customize frameworks for programs, organizations, communities and countries who are contributing to sustainable development.

We began this journey in 2007, at the dawn of the financial meltdown, in the middle of the hottest decade ever recorded.  A perfect time to launch an organization committed to developing and applying transformative practices to respond to a rapidly changing world.  Some of our recent partners include the Ocean Carbon Biogeochemistry Program at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Tufts Institute for the Environment at Tufts University, the Irish Maritime and Energy Resource Cluster at the National Maritime College of Ireland, United Nations Office for Project Services, and the Coral Reef Conservation Program at the US National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration to name a few.  We work with these partners and many others on activities such as developmental evaluation, building adaptive capacity, scenario planning, and reflection.  Our focus is on both process and outcomes.  We are systems thinkers, who work across disciplines, sectors, and scales to help navigate these extraordinary times that many are calling the Anthropocene.   

A 3-minute journey through the last 250 years of our history, from the start of the Industrial Revolution to the Rio+20 Summit. The film charts the growth of humanity into a global force on an equivalent scale to major geological processes.  Commissioned by Planet Under Pressure for the Welcome to the Anthropocene website.

Our Mission

Like well-placed lighthouses along a rugged coast, our mission is to create a new navigation system for adapting to ecosystem change.  We start by understanding the ecosystem context, like that way early explorers prepared maps.   We work together to identifying what is possible to accelerate profound transformation.  


Our Team

We are an interdisciplinary team of experts, much like the X-Men model of amazing people with special powers located the world over.  The superheroes of SustainaMetrix are practitioners, academics, artists, philosophers working at the front lines of global change.  We bring science, engineering, art and technology together and apply it to systems change.   

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Our Work

We work with ecosystems, both people and the places where they live.  We work together to understand the power and potential for adaptive management and resilience.  We build and evaluate programs to grow innovation, adaptation and development.