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 [...]
Just over 20 years ago to the month, International Affairs carried an article on the state of the international disaster relief system.1 The article is of contemporary interest in two senses. In the first place, two decades ago disaster relief was not regarded as an issue of major concern to the international community. It was [...]
Alternative Paradigms – Exploring Alternative Ways Of Understanding Humanitarian Crises And Solutions
Never before have we been able to disrupt the fundamental processes of Earth’s ecology, and never before have we created social, economic and technological systems – from continent-wide industrial agriculture to the international financial system – with today’s enormous complexity, connectedness and speed of operation. Whether the issue is drug resistant diseases or shiploads of [...]
A SPECULATIVE PIECE PREPARED BY THE HUMANITARIAN FUTURES PROGRAMME Aspects of the future that humanitarian workers will have increasingly to take into account.
Working with the members of the Country Team in the Central African Republic -- individually and collectively -- has been a great pleasure for the Humanitarian Futures Programme mission to the Central African Republic.
Urban Futures Project Final Report The Urban Futures Project is a case study of the processes and methodologies that Save the Children International’s (SCI) Humanitarian Affairs Unit (HAU) can adopt to support a more futures-oriented strategy and operational approach across the organization. Urban humanitarianism was chosen as the topic for this project in light of [...]
The OFDA-sponsored Planning from the Future project, undertaken through the Humanitarian Fu- tures Programme, King’s College, London, is a futures capacity assessment and enhancing exer- cise that comprises the contributions of 67 staff members from eight different offices of the USAID Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Hu- manitarian Assistance [DCHA] as well as the [...]