Setting the direction: Leading the change

NewsThought
9th November 2018

We are on a mission to embed global responsibility into the heart of engineering for the benefit of everyone. Our journey is entering a new phase.

We have to find new ways to engineer – for people and the planet.

From the water we drink and the food we consume to the buildings we live, work and play in, engineering touches all of our lives every day and has significantly contributed to human progress and wellbeing. However, engineering can also have unintended, detrimental consequences on our global environment and communities and we are currently facing some of the greatest challenges we’ve ever known – climate change, ecosystem failure, resource depletion, population growth and increasing inequality. More than at any time in human history, the future is ours to shape. But to build a better world we have to push beyond our existing frontiers – business as usual is no longer an option.

At Engineers Without Borders UK, we’ve been working hard over the last 15 years to focus the attention of engineers on making the world a better place for the people who inhabit it and we’ve achieved a lot that we are rightfully proud of. We have supported partners throughout parts of Africa, Asia and Latin America to increase access to clean water, improved sanitation facilities, reliable energy resources and resilient built environments. We’ve inspired young people to become engineers and do amazing things with their skills and talents. We’ve also set about changing how engineers are educated so that the engineers of tomorrow put social and environmental responsibility into their engineering design. But, the scale of the challenges that we know engineering can make a difference to are greater than we currently are set up to tackle. There needs to be a wholesale shift in engineering to ensure that how it is perceived, taught and practiced is absolutely focused on investing skills and talent in engineering that benefits our whole global community, not just a few.

We, Engineers Without Borders UK, want to take a greater stance on tackling this issue and capitalise on the enormous potential our growing movement has to offer. We want to offer more opportunities for people to join our movement, learn about global responsibility in engineering, discuss how we can create change and together take action to ensure that engineering really is being used to address the global challenges we face. To meet that ambition and drive our mission forwards to achieve the scale of impact that is required, we need to recalibrate and pause on a few things for a while. In the coming months we will be making some changes to our look and feel and there will be new opportunities to join our team. We are also holding off from launching a new round of international placements in the coming year to explore a wider range of international collaboration opportunities so that we can support more fantastic engineering around the world. We are doing all of this to ensure that we are laying strong foundations that will put us on a longer term path to achieving our strategic goals and as a result providing greater public benefit to the global community.  

Join us as we embark on our adventure to bring global responsibility into engineering.

Our mission is to lead a movement that embeds global responsibility into the heart of engineering for the benefit of everyone. By ensuring that we are maximising our long-term collective potential as members, partners, educators, companies, institutions, supporters, staff and trustees  we have a huge opportunity to develop a movement capable of delivering true change and giving the world the best engineering has to offer. If you’re already involved then stay connected and look out for the upcoming opportunities to help shape our forwards journey. If you’re not – then sign up today and join the movement leading the shift to globally responsible engineering.

Together, we can champion engineering for a better, brighter future. Thank you for your support.

If you have any questions or comments then please let us know by contacting us directly via [email protected].

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