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.
Open access paper free to download In all areas of academic or practical work related to disaster risk, climate change and development more generally, community and its adjunct community-based have become the default terminology when referring to the local level or working ‘with the people’. The terms are applied extensively to highlight what is believed to be a people-centred, [...]
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 [...]
The purpose of the exercise The purpose of the exercise is [i] to identify possible different generational perceptions about a set of broad futures- related issues, [ii] to explore the consequences of such contending perceptions when it comes to identifying and dealing with future challenges and opportunities and [iii] to suggest ways that generational differences, [...]
Uncertainty, complexity, and rapid change will increasingly characterize humanitarian threats in the foreseeable future. These threats may range from the prospect of the 320-meter asteroid 99942 Apophis crashing into the Pacific rim in 2035 to Himalayan snow meltdown that would leave an estimated 300 million South Asians without water. Regardless of the particular event, the [...]