As we watch the impact of complex global challenges like the COVID-19 pandemic and this summer’s massive wildfires and hurricanes, it becomes apparent we need a new system for developing innovative and effective solutions to our
planetary crises. To help meet these needs, ASU has launched the Julie A. Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory, a unique entity dedicated to protecting the future habitability of our planet and to expanding options for success for future generations. Designed on the scale of a national laboratory and led by world-renowned Earth scientist, Dr. Peter Schlosser, GFL comprises the new College of Global Futures. In addition to a major research institute, and a practice arm focused on developing solutions, all of which will advance their work through significant global engagement.
GFL is the outcome of a 16-year effort to establish schools (Sustainability, Future of Innovation in Society, Complex Adaptive Systems) that are capable of anchoring a multidisciplinary system that simultaneously supports ASU’s learning, discovery, and engagement priorities. The laboratory will be headquartered in the ISTB 7 building slated to open in December 2021 on the ASU Tempe campus, which will serve as the nucleus for more than 500 faculty members and more than 1,300 students within the College of Global Futures.
It’s important to note that this proactive endeavor to build a better future is advancing at a scale unparalleled by any other university or research entity. As we continue to move this groundbreaking ahead, I look forward sharing more of its work and the opportunities for interaction on all levels.