Ideas shape the course of history.
John Maynard Keynes
The way in which we mentally organise our experience of the world in which we live is vitally important because it determines what we see and do. We all carry a repertoire of memories, images and concepts that model the world, enabling us to recognise situations and respond to them. These mental constructs are built up over a lifetime and serve as tools – handrails or reference points to navigate our way through life.
These tools are even more important in the context of public decision-making when authority is exercised on behalf of others. Such decisions can have a decisive impact on the prospects of a whole population.
We can be blindsided and undermined by the things we don’t see – individually and as a society. Developing and disseminating tools of understanding will help us to manage and shape our future for the better.
We therefore seek to expand the range and quality of conceptual tools available to decision-makers who carry such responsibilities. We empower and encourage them to work progressively toward a high standard by placing practical tools in their hands and in the hands of those to whom they are accountable.
Evidence from past engagement in the field demonstrates that there is a thirst for this kind of knowledge because it enhances productivity, capacity and job satisfaction, and reduces complexity, time, effort, resource expenditure and conflict.
We endeavour to equip citizens and leaders alike so that tools are shared by more stakeholders, leading to greater mutual understanding and consensus within society.