Institute Overview

The Cascade Institute is a Canadian research center that addresses the full range of humanity’s converging environmental, economic, political, technological, and health crises. Using advanced methods to map and model complex global systems, we analyze interactions between systemic risks to anticipate future crises and identify opportunities for high-leverage interventions in social systems.

We provide governments, businesses, civil society  groups, and frontline actors with a better  understanding of the world’s problem landscape. We then help these leaders develop specific interventions to trigger a rapid shift in humanity’s trajectory towards fair and sustainable prosperity.

The Institute’s research is conducted by outstanding complex-systems scientists, including experts in rapid change in social and cultural systems. Working in small and nimble teams, they produce applied, actionable knowledge at speed. Our activities are divided into two mutually reinforcing streams:

The Institute is located at Royal Roads University in British Columbia, an established academic leader in training professionals to apply creative solutions to entrenched problems. It acts as a network hub and catalyst among scientifically aligned research entities around the world, helping to draw together, focus, and amplify their expertise.

Non-Partisan Orientation

The Cascade Institute is non-partisan and ideologically non-aligned. It promotes fair and sustainable prosperity for all humanity, understood according to the criteria and norms set forth in the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Institute engages in both pure and applied research, and its staff and researchers are exclusively responsible for deciding the scope and foci of this research. The Institute’s applied research—including training of practitioners in intervention strategies and field observation of intervention results—is targeted to further specific SDGs.