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Humanitarian Futures Sector Survey Proposal


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 [...]



- 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 [...]

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 [...]

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