January 2019

Alternatives Humanitarires – The future of humanitarianism

January 18th, 2019|

From the French journal Humanitaires Alternatives, November 2018

The future of humanitarianism

Dr Randolph Kent • Director of the Futures Project, Royal United Services Institute (London)

Dr. R. Kent

Going back over 50 years of history in order to consider the future of humanitarianism. Randolph Kent takes up the challenge, pointing out the structural flaws […]

How To Think About Innovation

January 18th, 2019|

From the McKinsey & Company January 2019 Shortlist

A fresh mind-set—something many of us aspire to as a new year begins—is the key to innovative thinking. In the corporate context, such a mind-set can help leaders devise creative solutions to familiar (and pesky) problems.

But it’s no secret that innovation is difficult for established companies. They tend to succeed more by optimizing existing businesses […]

December 2018

Transformative Technologies & Models of Governance: An Emerging African Paradigm Literature Database

December 27th, 2018|

When considering the inter-relationship between technological innovations, societal capacities and needs, the African continent is becoming a fascinating case in point. In many ways, the private sector, local communities, social networks and governments are leapfrogging the pace of technological change in many other countries around the world. Africa in so many ways is becoming an innovations hub. And, thanks to Will Jenkyn-Jones, who […]

Twelve Transformative Innovations for 2019… and beyond

December 27th, 2018|

A growing number of innovations – all too often unnoticed – could have considerable benefits for billions of people across the globe. However, the list of transformative innovations below, are not those that will transform societies as a whole. Rather they have been selected because each in its own ways is focused more on the benefits it offers individuals, groups of individuals and […]

November 2018

Sector Survey and Global Risk Report

November 16th, 2018|

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 for such threats.

Two interrelated issues consistently emerged out […]

Humanitarian Futures Sector Survey Proposal

November 16th, 2018|

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 Humanitarian Futures partner, four meetings took place during […]