Our Approach

Far Lane takes a multi-disciplinary approach to our work, drawing from the wisdom of fields including economics, demographics, business, strategic foresight, social psychology, finance and engineering to provide tangible, meaningful and practical advice and support to our clients.

We are:

  • Change agents – supporting those that wish to bring about positive change
  • Consensus builders – working within teams and stakeholders to build a common vision of what is possible
  • Evidence based – building frameworks for decision-making based upon the best possible evidence available
  • Honest brokers – providing insights based upon where the evidence takes us, rather than what is easy or popular
  • Immersive – working for the long haul to set our clients up for success
  • Global scanners, local enactors – utilising the best evidence from around the world and applying it to a unique local context


Far Lane focuses on four interrelated themes within change processes; building understanding; drivers of change; enablers of change; and delivering change.

These themes form the basis for how we approach our work, and engage with our clients.

building understanding

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The world is not black and white, and rarely is there a perfect solution to a complex problem. Far Lane has an active research program that casts a wide net across fields including economics, demographics, business, strategic foresight, social psychology, finance and engineering. We are constantly challenging and evolving our thinking based upon the latest research and insights from all over the world. 

We know our limitations. We do not have all the answers. It makes sense therefore to listen and engage with a wide range of expertise and points of view to arrive at solutions that fit the specific needs of our clients and projects.   



Drivers of Change


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You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.
— Buckminster Fuller

The pace of change is increasing, with institutions that have survived for a millennia being disrupted or replaced. Such an environment naturally represents a threat to existing systems and interests, but can also an opportunity for those open to taking advantage of what comes next.   




Enablers OF cHANGE

Aligning and Utilising Resources

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There can be all the opportunities in the world, but no capacity to respond. Likewise there can be plenty of capacity which, if not aligned with opportunities, goes unutilised. The success of cities, regions, communities and even nations has historically depended upon their ability to continually respond to a changing context by reinventing themselves. In the modern start-up community this is referred to as ‘pivoting’. This requires adaptive and flexible systems that are not locked into a singular future scenario, but instead can thrive under a range of futures.


Delivering Change

Levers for Effective Intervention


Many a great idea has been diluted or even subverted in implementation. Often an afterthought, implementation structures must be weaved into project design upfront if transformative change is to be achieved. Project delivery habitually takes a linear ‘engineering’ approach. This works for infrastructure such as roads, but modern complex projects require more nuance. These require carefully developed implementation systems that go beyond project management to account for feedback, discovery and disruption.