The Future of Diplomacy

1 Apr

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New Tools for a New Global Order The international environment is changing rapidly as new technologies shape and enhance the engagement of both state and non-state actors. At the same time, the relative decline of US hegemony has driven instability and conflict, from which old geopolitical agendas have re-emerged.  Diplomats and Diplomatic Services, under ever […]

Public Service Excellence Post-2015

14 Mar

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What Lies Ahead for Public Services: Public Service Excellence and Post-2015 Development Agenda In keeping with our focus this weekend on the Post-2015 agenda, another event worth reflecting on was the workshop ‘Public Service Excellence for the Post-2015 Development Agenda’ which brought together over 80 participants from 33 countries. Co-sponsored by the UNDP Global Centre […]

Post-2015 Experts Meeting on Strengthening Capacities & Building Effective Institutions

13 Mar

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  Over the next two days FromOverHere are present at the King’s College London conference Post-2015 Development Challenges in Conflict Zones. The Post-2015 agenda is an area of particular interest for Cat, and she has been making notable contributions to the debate surrounding the advent of the new sustainability goals. In September 2014, Cat participated […]

Notes from Singapore 1: Public Service Excellence Post-2015

13 Jan

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    Reflections on the UNDP Public Service Excellence and the Post-2015 Development Agenda workshop in Singapore, 17-19 November 2014.   I’m keen to share some insights from an event I recently attended. I was invited to the UNDP Global Centre’s three day ‘Public Service Excellence and the Post-2015 Development Agenda’ workshop in Singapore to facilitate […]

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 Soul of Great Britain at the beginning of the 21st Century’ – NHJ June 2014 Article

14 Jul

This is a pivotal time in our history. On the global scale it is a time of great uncertainty and change. Science and modern developments point to extraordinary and wonderful opportunities, but there are flip side risks to some of these developments. Anyone who questions this point should read Al Gore’s latest book ‘The Future’. […]

Outcomes of Singapore Consultation on Developing Foresight Capacity within the Public Service

4 Jul

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On 29 April 2014, Cat participated in a Consultation on Developing Foresight Capacity within the Public Service, held in Singapore by the UNDP. This consultation was convened to engage thinkers and practitioners in discussion to advise UNDP on avenues for building government foresight capacity in developing countries. Alongside Cat, the consultation consisted of 16 participants, […]