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Beyond Resilience: Global Systemic Risk, Systemic Failure, & Societal Responsiveness

2019-03-05T16:40:29+00:00Recent Additions|

Geneva Initiative White Paper

OVERVIEW

There is a growing gap between the risk – understood as likelihood times impact – of catastrophic systemic failure in complex society, and societal understanding and preparedness. This white paper outlines why risk needs to be reconsidered, the extent of societies capacity to respond, and presents […]

Alternatives Humanitarires – The future of humanitarianism

2019-01-18T20:23:02+00:00News, Recent Additions|

From the French journal Humanitaires Alternatives, November 2018

The future of humanitarianism

Dr Randolph Kent • Director of the Futures Project, Royal United Services Institute (London)

Dr. R. Kent

Going back over 50 years of history in order to consider the future of humanitarianism. Randolph Kent takes […]

How To Think About Innovation

2019-01-18T18:51:24+00:00News|

From the McKinsey & Company January 2019 Shortlist

A fresh mind-set—something many of us aspire to as a new year begins—is the key to innovative thinking. In the corporate context, such a mind-set can help leaders devise creative solutions to familiar (and pesky) problems.

But it’s no secret that innovation is difficult for established companies. They […]

Transformative Technologies & Models of Governance: An Emerging African Paradigm Literature Database

2018-12-27T13:19:41+00:00News, Recent Additions|

When considering the inter-relationship between technological innovations, societal capacities and needs, the African continent is becoming a fascinating case in point. In many ways, the private sector, local communities, social networks and governments are leapfrogging the pace of technological change in many other countries around the world. Africa in so many ways is becoming an […]

Twelve Transformative Innovations for 2019… and beyond

2018-12-28T16:12:36+00:00News|

A growing number of innovations – all too often unnoticed – could have considerable benefits for billions of people across the globe. However, the list of transformative innovations below, are not those that will transform societies as a whole. Rather they have been selected because each in its own ways is focused more on the […]

Sector Survey and Global Risk Report

2018-11-16T18:28:02+00:00News|

In last month’s newsletter we mentioned a series of meetings that were taking place in Geneva in October about disasters, emergencies and ‘humanitarian futures’. The main themes focused on the types of crises that we might have to face in the foreseeable future, and what those with humanitarian roles and responsibilities should be doing to prepare […]

Humanitarian Futures Sector Survey Proposal

2019-01-18T17:50:21+00:00News|

Humanitarian Futures And Operational Response – A  Sector Survey Proposal

The humanitarian sector and the world of futures

A wide range of humanitarian organisations met in Geneva during the first week of October 2018 to discuss ways to deal with ever more complex disasters and emergencies. Initiated and chaired by Incitare’s Beris Gwynne, who is a […]

HUMANITARIAN MOTIVES: MUTUAL SELF INTEREST VERSUS COMPASSION

2018-10-02T22:27:45+00:00News|

– An Exploration –

The proposition

What actually drives humanitarian action – unrecognised mutual self-interest or sympathetic compassion? In light of the power dynamics that govern the formal humanitarian sector, humanitarian threats and responses increasingly need to be sensitive to ever more complex systems and interactions that go well beyond the sector. Yet, even though […]

Collaborative Advantage: How collaboration beats competition as a strategy for success

2018-09-07T14:27:22+00:00News|

Thoughts from Paul Skinner, author of Collaborative Advantage: How collaboration beats competition as a strategy for success*

Changes in society, technology, security and human vulnerability reflect broad reasons for anticipating risks for which we are universally unprepared. A greater complexity of risk profile means greater uncertainty concerning the nature of future problems and solutions. A clear […]

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