We are facing significant challenges; we live in a time of extreme social inequality and environmental degradation. How we live has become both unsustainable and unjust. To tackle the scale of the issues we are facing, new strategies are needed. This is as true for Engineers Without Borders UK as it is for many others. 

Engineering – the practice that underpins much of our human way of life – is the means by which we have very literally shaped the world around us to suit our human needs. Although engineering has played a significant role in getting us to the unjust and unsustainable point we are at today, it is also part of addressing those challenges and enabling a safer, more equitable, and sustainable future for all.

Since the early 1980s, the Engineers Without Borders movement has been driven to focus engineering skills on social injustice. For the last five years, Engineers Without Borders UK has called for greater global responsibility in all of engineering to ensure that the needs of all people and all species are met within the limits of the planet we call home. 

This agenda builds on our 20 year heritage of focusing engineering attention on some of the most acute human needs in the world. We recognise that due to the interconnected nature of the way we all live today we cannot tackle poverty and social injustice without also tackling climate change, resource consumption and biodiversity loss. Our lives all impact on one another and engineering – as a very global industry – has a pivotal role to play in that.   

What is global responsibility in engineering? 

Today, millions live without access to safe basic resources yet in providing for the few that have, we’ve already overshot the limits of planet Earth. Find out about how embedding global responsibility into engineering is the agenda to redress this.

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Why now?

2020 has, and continues to be, an extraordinary year. It was meant to kickstart the decade of delivery; the ten-year countdown to achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. It has turned out to be very different. The impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic on everyone’s lives and livelihoods has been wide reaching and is still ongoing. 

We live in challenging times, and whilst we can’t change the past that got us to this point, we can change the future. We can control what we do, and what contribution we choose to make. As we look ahead to 2021 and the crucial years that follow, we must review the current state of engineering and the impact of our work on driving an agenda of engineering for all and engineering for good. With that in mind, it is time for us to develop a new strategy to ensure Engineers Without Borders UK is fit for purpose as the ten-year countdown to 2030 begins. 

How you can get involved

Over the next two months, you have the opportunity to give us your thoughts on what our contribution should be and shape that new strategy. Whilst you can share your thoughts at any time, now is a crucial moment for us to create our new plan of action together. 

phase one: shaping the vision

The lessons we’ve learned over the last 15 years are relevant to defining our new strategy, but so too is looking to the future, creating a vision unhindered by our existing shape. In looking from both these perspectives, we’re developing a strategy that will be both ambitious and pragmatic.

To begin, we’d like you to fast forward to 2035 and identify the achievements we could make in the next 15 years to create a safer, more equitable and sustainable future for all. Simply complete this brief visioning exercise. 

You can complete this as many times as you have visions to share. Please encourage others to do so by sharing this opportunity through your networks. Need some inspiration? Read some of the answers others have contributed so far.  

Create our vision

phase two: Forging the path ahead

We’ve combined all the ideas, concepts and feedback of our community from various activities including the recent visioning exercise and now we want your thoughts on how we can turn globally responsible engineering into a recognised mainstream practice and what role the Engineers Without Borders UK movement plays in achieving this.

Every voice matters. 

Simply contribute to the next phase of the strategy development process by continuing to our personalised survey. You can provide as little or as much detail as you like during the next phase and cater to your own areas of interest.

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Get inspired

We’re excited by how many people have contributed to our new strategy already. Explore the handful of fantastic insights from our community become inspired to contribute to the strategy development process.

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Shaping the vision

To drive the development of our new strategy we want to look ahead to 2035 and consider where we will be 15 years from now. What are your thoughts? Take the opportunity to contribute your ideas to our visioning exercise.

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Forging the path ahead

We have combined the ideas, concepts and feedback of our community and are now deciding what should be included in our new strategy. Don’t miss the chance to provide your thoughts before the 25 November.

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