Why ThriveAbility

The gap is widening between what needs to be done to enable 9 billion people to thrive on Earth by 2050, and the current business as usual outcomes we are generating. Closing this gap will make the difference between a thriving human civilisation on a thriving planet by the end of this century and the end of human civilisation as we know it.  Business, governments and civil society all have a key role to play in closing this thrival/survival gap. We at the ThriveAbility Foundation believe that the genius for innovation and enterprise to deliver the breakthroughs required is needed more than ever to ensure we make it through to a thriving world in 2050.

There are six main reasons why we need a new approach to creating an inclusive, green, global economy:

Context Gap

Limits to Sustainability. There is currently a big difference between the commitments that organizations need to make to ensure the longer-term viability of their businesses and the current levels of commitment and delivery that organizations are struggling to meet through their sustainability programs.  This is known amongst sustainability thought leaders as the Context Gap, which requires North Stars to guide us through the pathways to co-create a thriving future.

Thinking Upside Down

Thinking Upside Down – Thrival Focus. Because sustainability focuses primarily on the minimization of impact, it will never mobilize enough people to make the breakthroughs required to resolve the current crises we find ourselves in. ThriveAbility flips the old sustainability equation upside down; we need to focus on maximizing each unit of thrival for the lowest unit of footprint. More thrival, for less impact, without costing the earth.


Collaboration and Innovation must bring together different perspectives, ideas and approaches to synergistically give birth to a thriveable breakthrough. ThriveAble breakthroughs are more likely when multiple disciplines are bridged by innovation teams trained in creative thinking and the facilitation of innovation processes. To scale breakthrough innovations, entrepreneurial, risk-reduction and financial talents are required together with intelligent backers who can range from venture capitalists to inspired captains of industry and big-league investors.


Rate of Adoption. We all know that at least 80% of all change initiatives fail to deliver the results intended. Why? The latest insights from cognitive science and integral psychology tell us that we need to develop a stratified approach to making change irresistible for people at every level of development and with different value propositions.  This means better, more integral ways of assessing and developing leaders as well as developing organisations.


Thriveability Cube & Factor. The proprietary nature of many of the key indicators of sustainability and thrival means that only a very small number of decision makers can actually access the information they need to make better decisions. The role of the ThriveAbility Foundation is to ensure that the ThriveAbility Index is a Global Public Good that will serve all of humanity rather than a narrow set of stakeholder interests.


Thriveability Index.  The current leading sustainability indicators are not comparable with each other. Not only that, all the other indicators, e.g. social progress indices, the global happiness indices, quality GDP growth and thrival indices utilize completely different weightings to arrive at their rankings. This makes it extremely for decision makers to take more thriveable decisions and also to report on their progress in a consistent fashion.