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


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 [...]



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 [...]

Baselines & Paradigms – Bridging Generational Divides

2018-08-06T18:22:47+00:00Key Findings, Leadership and Policy Making, Recent Additions|

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 begin now. One step [...]

Planning from the Future: A New Humanitarian Paradigm


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 [...]

Futures Group Briefing Paper: Promoting the dialogue between scientists and humanitarians


Overview 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 promote dialogue on issues of future human vulnerability using [...]

Futures Group Workbook: Trends and drivers of change in humanitarian action 2025


The Humanitarian Futures Programme (HFP) consists of four broad activities: Work to build the capacity of participants in futures methods and approaches Establishing and improving dialogue between scientists and humanitarian policy makers/practitioners A programme of innovations relevant to humanitarian operations Development of methods and tools The following short paper is intended to outline some of [...]

FOREWARN initiative


  Facilitating Enhanced Organisational Responsiveness for Effective West African Risk Reduction Overall objective: Contribute to the enhancement of effective disaster risk reduction in the West Africa region by strengthening organisations’’ capacities in anticipation, adaptation, collaboration, innovation and strategic leadership to reduce vulnerability to emerging and evolving threats related to both natural hazards and conflict. Specific [...]

Ecuador Country Mission Report


The mission. The Humanitarian Futures Programme (HFP) of Kings College aims to assist humanitarian organizations to deal better with the challenges of the 21st century, by identifying areas in which they can become more anticipatory, adaptive and collaborative. The HFP made an assessment visit to the Ecuador country team of the UN in September 2007. [...]

Cross border risks and transboundary risk governance in West Africa


Case study of the Volta River Basin   Disasters and disaster risks do not recognise national borders. This will become increasingly true over the coming decades, as natural hazards combine increasingly with ‘man-made’ hazards, leading to risks that are increasingly complex and cascading. This places great importance on strengthening effective cross-border risk govern- ance. Yet, [...]

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