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 […]

October 2018


October 2nd, 2018|

– 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 the sector appears more sensitive to the evolving […]

September 2018

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

September 7th, 2018|

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 clear implication is

  • no one organisation or even sector […]