The previous post titled Capacities for 21st century humanitarian organizations offers a recording of the online briefing organized by PHAP on 12 December. The presentations were followed by a discussion of questions submitted by participants (you can listen to this in the event recording). As there was not time to answer all […]
On 12 December, PHAP organized an online briefing providing participants with an introduction to “strategic foresight” and to a new set of tools developed for this purpose. Beris Gwynne from Incitāre and Randolph Kent and Joanne Burke, creators of the Humanitarian Futures Platform, explored the capacities that can help humanitarian organizations ensure that they are “fit” for the future.
The purpose of the exercise
The purpose of the exercise is [i] to identify possible different generational perceptions about a set of broad futures- related issues, [ii] to explore the […]
Uncertainty, complexity, and rapid change will increasingly characterize humanitarian threats in the foreseeable future. These threats may range from the prospect of the 320-meter asteroid 99942 Apophis crashing into the Pacific rim in 2035 to Himalayan snow meltdown that would leave an estimated 300 million South Asians without water. Regardless of the particular event, the […]
Just over 20 years ago to the month, International Affairs carried an article on the state of the international disaster relief system.1 The article is of contemporary interest in two senses. In the first place, two decades ago disaster relief was not regarded as an issue of major concern to […]
Alternative Paradigms – Exploring Alternative Ways Of Understanding Humanitarian Crises And Solutions
Never before have we been able to disrupt the fundamental processes of Earth’s ecology, and never before have we created social, economic and technological systems – from continent-wide industrial agriculture to the international financial system – with today’s enormous complexity, connectedness and speed of operation. Whether the issue is drug resistant diseases or shiploads of […]
A SPECULATIVE PIECE PREPARED BY THE HUMANITARIAN FUTURES PROGRAMME
Aspects of the future that humanitarian workers will have increasingly to take into account.