School of International Futures Summer Retreat 2013

1 Oct

As a co-founder of The School of International Futures (SOIF), Cat has recently been heavily involved in the implementation and coordination of its week-long 2013 Summer Retreat. A not-for-profit enterprise, the School of International Futures aims to help governments and other organisations work towards such goals by developing international networks and partnerships. It operates as a centre for research into global trends, runs courses bringing together participants from different countries, and organises seminars and conferences, working together with the international futures community.

In August 2013, Cat and co-founder, Alun Rhydderch, ran the second SOIF Summer Retreat at Wilton Park. The SOIF Summer Retreat aims to share foresight approaches and techniques from experts, supply delegates with a set of tools and techniques to think through the future of their organisations and policy areas, and uses practical examples to enable delegates to start to apply these skills as soon as they leave. The event this year was a huge success, with 25 delegates attending from 15 different countries; joining together to share knowledge and perspectives in the area of strategic foresight.

‘Ten Dynamic Priorities for New Election Manifestos’ – NHJ September Article

24 Sep

The big issue question today is how will UK ‘survive and thrive’ in the tough global swimming race? Whilst NHJ has continued to warn that the eurozone faces major adjustment sooner or later, and that the British economy is still some years away from safety, we have consistently maintained that UK has the intellectual, innovation, and skills potential to do better than most other nations in the 21st century ‘sink or swim’ swimming race. We have the world’s pivotal global city and top financial centre, our culture and diversity of population are critical strengths, and in around 30 years time we take over from Germany as the most populous European nation.

This is an extract from the latest strategic risk analysis released by NHJ, a strategic advisory consultancy that Cat is closely involved with. This article on the ‘Ten Dynamic Priorities for New Election Manifestos’ explores the capacity for the British economy, leadership and policy. This article suggests ten strategic change priorities would make a start to moving Britain towards the forefront of the ‘swimming race’.

School of International Futures Highlights the Importance of Horizon-Scanning in Government

9 Sep

As the co-founder of the School of International Futures, Cat recently led the annual SOIF Summer Retreat at Wilton Park. In August, the Organisation’s other co-founder, Alun Rhydderch, had his article on the re-emergence of horizon-scanning in government published in The Guardian Online: ‘Horizon Scanning: Why Forward Plans are Back in Fashion’.

As the co-founder of the School of International Futures, Cat recently led the annual SOIF Summer Retreat at Wilton Park. In August, the Organisation’s other co-founder, Alun Rhydderch, had his article on the re-emergence of horizon-scanning in government published in The Guardian Online: ‘Horizon Scanning: Why Forward Plans are Back in Fashion’.

Alun’s article highlighted the progress horizon-scanning and strategic thinking has had in government over the years. From the establishment of the Horizon Scanning Centre in 2005, to the creation of a new horizon scanning programme, which is overseen by the cabinet secretary and includes permanent secretaries from all of the major government departments. By exploring future issues and the risks associated with them, policy-making can be fully informed and set in place important contingency plans. Yet Alun’s Guardian article emphasises how there are still questions around how this system will work, and the willingness of policy teams to commission and use horizon scanning remains one of the primary problems inherent in the effective use of horizon scanning in government.

‘Hope, Fantasy and…Reality’ – NHJ Explore National Economy

9 Jul

More people are more upbeat – at least about the economy – now than in the past few dark years. There are some emerging signs of stronger growth in UK, and the wider economic picture is marginally better than a few years ago – even though the debt levels and youth unemployment remain stubbornly high. But risks and bubbles abound and our hopes have been dashed many times these last five years. Have we really reached the turning point “from rescue to recovery” as George Osborne claims? Which strategic risks demand our attention? What are the big trends that are fundamentally transforming our lives more quickly than perhaps we realise?

‘From Fairy Tale To Reality’: The Importance of Public Engagement

7 Mar

UK Macroeconomic Performance

28 Feb

RESPONSIBILTY WITHOUT CONTROL – A RECIPE FOR FAILURE

27 Feb

Bolstering the Still-Fragile Euro: Bishop’s Plan for a Temporary Eurobill Fund

12 Feb