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Crisis threats, Humanitarian Action and Outer Space

2020-05-25T11:14:51+00:00News|

Crisis threats, Humanitarian Action and Outer Space: Partnerships Across Sectoral Boundaries Futures Orientation – Speculative and Anticipatory Innovation – Non-linearity as Key Motivations – Mutual Self-interest Displacement and Covid-19 For many people around the world, attention will inevitably be focused on the longer-term consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic. This will increasingly be global and the [...]

THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 AND HUMANITARIAN CRISIS MONITORING

2020-05-22T15:00:57+00:00Recent Additions|

Executive Summary The United Nations Secretary-General’s call for a global cessation of hostilities between warring parties to allow vital assistance to be provided for vulnerable people trapped in conflict zones, has had limited impact, leaving many thousands of people desperately vulnerable to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Secretary-General’s call requires more active political [...]

Exploring space technologies for sustainable development and the benefits of international research collaboration in this context

2020-05-22T12:47:15+00:00Recent Additions|

Report of the Secretary-General Summary This report explores the role of space technologies in accelerating sustainable development and the benefits of international research collaboration in this context. It presents applications of space science and technology for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, including in ensuring food security, reducing the risk of disasters, preventing humanitarian crises, monitoring [...]

A New Humanitarian Paradigm

2020-04-09T01:49:47+00:00News|

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

2020-02-25T04:58:00+00:00News|

  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 [...]

STRATEGIC FORESIGHT, INSIGHT, COLLECTIVE INTELLIGENCE, KNOWLEDGE CREATION AND ANTICIPATORY LEADERSHIP

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

2020-02-24T06:46:16+00:00News|

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

2019-12-01T04:32:50+00:00News|

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

2019-10-26T09:09:14+00:00News|

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 [...]

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