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 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 […]
The 2018 Annual Report, from the The Global Challenges Foundation on global catastrophic risks, presents updates to previously published information about global catastrophic risks and their governance, outlined and explained by leading academic experts.
– An Exploration –
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
This is an age of transformative technologies. Artificial intelligence, ‘the singularity’, 3 and 4-D printing, the Internet of Things, cyber systems, quantum mechanics and outer space exploration all reflect potentially exponential changes in the ways that human beings will live their lives in the future.
Preparing for that future needs to […]
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 […]
This paper provides an overview of findings from a series of more than 40 interviews with a broad range of scientists and humanitarian policy makers and analysts. Carried out between May to July 2007, these interviews were conducted within the Humanitarian Futures Group’s efforts to […]