November 2018

Humanitarian Futures Sector Survey Proposal

November 16th, 2018|

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 Futures partner, four meetings took place during […]

October 2018


October 2nd, 2018|

– 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 the sector appears more sensitive to the evolving […]

September 2018

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

September 7th, 2018|

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 implication is

  • no one organisation or even sector […]

August 2018


August 6th, 2018|

One of Humanitarian Futures’ prime objectives is to provide specific examples as well as plausible contexts about future humanitarian challenges. A recent example concerns the possible crisis threats and means to mitigate them, which emerged out of an inter-generational exercise that was undertaken at the end of March 2018 in London. Supported by UNICEF,  King’s College, London and the Royal United Services Institute, […]

July 2018

Planning from the Future: A New Humanitarian Paradigm

July 6th, 2018|

Are You Really Ready?

All too often vital change only occurs at the brink of chaos. Decision-makers, strategists, policy planners adjust for the evident, but all too rarely choose to explore the what might be’s – factors that have transformative consequences beyond the immediately obvious. This is certainly the case for what is generally referred to as ‘the humanitarian sector’ – those […]

February 2018

Overcoming the Humanitarian Futures Challenges: follow-up questions

February 1st, 2018|

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 questions live during the event, Randolph Kent also […]