Pakistan Calling: independent film-making and the power of narrative

16 Sep

Screen Shot 2014-09-15 at 17.23.20
Screen Shot 2014-09-15 at 17.23.20

What does a street Pakistani child that collects garbage to survive think about terrorism? An online film project that targets the Pakistani diaspora wants to revive the interests in the country’s challenges by harnessing the power of alternative narrative and new media. And they are doing a great job so far!

When Scotland Leaves the UK: a Wikistrat simulation

16 Sep

Earlier this year, Wikistrat ran a three-week long crowdsourced simulation to map the opportunities available to an independent Scotland, risks it might face and the likely trajectories it could take as a new state. Cat was the supporting lead analyst for this project.

‘With Wikistrat, crowdsourcing gets geopolitical’ – FT

15 Sep

The Financial Times has published an article on the innovative crowdsourcing forecasting method of Wikistrat, an organisation that Cat is actively involved with. ‘I agree with the sentiment in the article’ commented Cat, ‘We need more innovation and networks of views into the foreign policy dialogue space.’

The business of charities is, in fact, political

4 Sep

New Minister for Civil Society Brook Newmark stated “that charities should “stick to their knitting” and keep out of politics. The new minister fails to see that one of the charity sector’s critical roles in society is as interlocutor and representative for those who are underrepresented or heard in the public debate. This is true […]

Cat to speak at the I conference Latin America and the Caribbean in 2030: World Visions, Continental Views – 24-25 Sept 2014, Santiago, Chile

3 Sep

Cat will speak at the conference ‘Latin America and the Caribbean in 2030: World Visions, Continental Views’ that will take place on 24 and 25 September 2014, at the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean headquarters in Santiago, Chile.

Foresight, National Planning and the Post 2015 – Webinar 28 Aug 2014

2 Sep

A UNDP sponsored webinar on Foresight, National Planning and the Post 2015 took place on 28 August 2014. Cat introduced the webinar and provided context in a 15 minutes talk aimed at looking at role of foresight and national planning in post 2015 discussions.

Tresurer opportunity with Involve

15 Aug

Screen Shot 2014-08-04 at 22.38.23

Involve is looking for an experienced, enthusiastic new Treasurer to join leading figures from across the political and voluntary sectors on the board of trustees. The deadline for applications is 25th August.

The Amartya Sen Prize Contest

6 Aug

Screen Shot 2014-08-05 at 23.20.44

ASAP announced the Amartya Sen Prize Contest for the best new work on illicit financial flows, global poverty, and inequality. At least two of the winning essays will receive a monetary award and will be presented at an international conference at Yale University. ASAP UK is now seeking four committed volunteers to help achieve the […]