Our Approach to Community Change

Change happens when communities are empowered to own their own future. Our Future Generations approach to Community Development is distinct. Unlike most traditional approaches, we focus on what is already working in communities and use successes to mobilize energy to address problems, both existing and emergent. We call this method SEED-SCALE.

With 30 years of work in partnership with some of the most resilient communities on the planet, Future Generations has supported sustainable and equitable change – from the peaks of Himalayas to the jungles of the Amazon to the forests of Appalachia and beyond – in diverse areas connected directly towards achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

Our Approach to Education

Future Generations University is an Applied accredited degree dedicated to the field of Community Development. With a focus on reducing barriers to higher education for global community leaders, we facilitate local community action and online global community connection.

A combination of research, learning, and action guides our pedagogy, providing evidence-based insight to a virtual learning hub, where we offer multiple ways to engage – from short term seminars, certificate courses, to our Masters degree program. You get the convenience of an online degree with engaging face-to-face interactive learning, world class faculty, field-based courses, and connection to an empowered global learning community.

Join a university where the world is your classroom. Learn how to grow local answers that create a better future for your community.

Our University Impact

Graduates expanding their work to larger areas:

  • 93%
  • 7%

Alumni receiving a promotion after their degree:

  • 90%
  • 10%

Alumni earning a salary increase:

  • 79%
  • 21%

Students starting new programs or organizations:

  • 68%
  • 32%

Our Research Projects

Future Generations University participatory action research works with communities in partnership to address emerging challenges, uniting scholars and practitioners at the local level with usable and affordable methods to answer local questions and inform local change. We disseminate these methods globally through training and open source publication.

Our globally recognized projects directly solve towards the Sustainable Development Goals in key disciplines including Nature Based Enterprise, Climate Change and Conservation, Health and Wellbeing, Peace Building, Applied Education, and more!

Our Global Network

With country partners in Afghanistan, Haiti, Peru, China, India, and the United States, and alumni of Future Generations University in over 40 countries, this is a world circling community of change.

We promote innovations in community development, facilitating connections and support among a growing network of global partners to increase and share knowledge and practice that strengthens the capacities of local organizations, community groups, governments and other change agents to empower communities for equitable and sustainable change.