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A New Humanitarian Paradigm


From this month's Humanitarian Futures newsletter: Can the UN be rendered fit for the 21st Century? Planning from the Future: A New Humanitarian Paradigm Pandemics Present and Future: Coronavirus in Context A Healthy Planet for Healthy People We wanted to bring to your attention an emerging line of thought suggesting that the United Nations needs [...]

Strategic Foresight, Immunisation, Pandemic Drivers and Emerging Neuroscience


  From this month's Humanitarian Futures newsletter: Strategic foresight, anticipation and action Immunisation and vaccine hesitancy Pandemic drivers and emerging capabilities in neuroscience and neurotechnology As we began to prepare for the February edition of the Humanitarian Futures newsletter, we hoped that we would not dwell on the recent coronavirus, or #COVID19 outbreak. As you [...]


2020-02-25T04:03:15+00:00Recent Additions, Uncategorized|

HUMANITARIAN FUTURES Presentation for: S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 17 March 2020 b.gwynne@incitare-international.com STRATEGIC FORESIGHT, INSIGHT, COLLECTIVE INTELLIGENCE, KNOWLEDGE CREATION AND ANTICIPATORY LEADERSHIP Why Strategic Foresight? 50 years of learning from experience (Club of Rome “Limits to Growth” (1972), Brundtland Report 1987 a VUCA world (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous) Transnational [...]

Resilience Planning in 2020


Needless to say, the HF Team wishes you and all our readers a fulfilling, rewarding and fun 2020! Last year much of our work focussed on innovation and new forms of collaboration. In this new year, these themes will continue because of their ever-increasing importance. While ‘hope springs eternal’, this year continues to point towards challenges [...]

Implications for Policy Planners, Decision-makers & Communities – Shifting Weather Patterns & Disaster Preparedness


Evidence that humanitarian threats are ‘spilling over’ crossing continents in unprecedented ways. The need for decision-makers and policy planners to interact consistently with the scientific community. The need for communities to play active roles in identifying potential threats and actions necessary to mitigate them. November's torrential rains that pounded the coastlines of Bangladesh and India, the intensifying [...]

Understanding Intergovernmental Friction During Disasters


Few in the humanitarian sector will be oblivious to the debilitating effects that result from inter-organisational clashes over mandates, their institutional ‘standard operating procedures’ and the seemingly relentless competition for resources. Understanding Intergovernmental Friction During Disasters With the above in mind, we would like to bring to your attention, an article by Northeastern University’s Professor [...]

The First Steps Initiative

2019-10-24T17:49:07+00:00Recent Additions|

...the First Steps Initiative will test its potential value by bringing together a small group of participants from different sectors who have played central roles not only in strategic and operational planning, but also in triggering their implementation. In the first instance, participants will be asked to define and consider the nature and challenges that [...]

Challenges to Coordination: Understanding Intergovernmental Friction During Disasters

2019-10-21T17:49:54+00:00Recent Additions|

Daniel P Aldrich, Northeastern University   Abstract While idealized crisis response involves smooth coordination between relevant actors, friction between levels of government and between the state and civil society in responding to catastrophe may be more common. This article builds a theory of cross-level friction during and after crisis by analyzing the conditions when discord [...]

The Future of Lifesaving Stuff: A Transformational Approach to the Age Old Problem of Broken Supply Chains

2019-09-24T18:42:09+00:00News, Recent Additions|

By: Dr. Eric James, Executive Director, Field Ready We follow an approach that is deeply rooted in participatory techniques (and the corresponding equivalents found in the commercial sector in what are known as human-centered design) and start to design and co-create solutions. Any aid agency worth its salt does this but what is special is [...]

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