Foresight with Impact – a response to “Future blindness”

3 Jan

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Cat Tully, founder of From Over Here and School of International Futures responds to Farhad Manjoo’s NYT article on Alvin Toffler.

World Forum for Democracy call for lab submissions

30 Apr

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The World Forum for Democracy is calling for lab submissions for Education and Democracy: how to bridge the social divides at the World Forum Task Force at Strasbourg, 7-9 November 2016.

On grand strategy, extremist youths, terrorist communications, traditional landpower and gender in conflict | This Week’s Top Hot Links #138

5 Jan

Another busy week is drawing to a close and our Top Hot Links are back to provide some food for thought. 1.1. Swiss news portal Le News debates whether the increase in short-term contracts may be hindering the professional capabilities of the United Nations Office in Geneva. Increasingly, it appears as though there is a […]

On Swiss contracts, shared economy, Russian Grand Strategy, Smart Women & Libyan Militias | This Week’s Top Hot Links #137

11 Dec

Another busy week is drawing to a close and our Top Hot Links are back to provide some food for thought. 1.1. Swiss news portal Le News debates whether the increase in short-term contracts may be hindering the professional capabilities of the United Nations Office in Geneva. Increasingly, it appears as though there is a […]

British & European Democratic Unity – Politics & National Identity

22 Nov

A yes campaigner and no campaigner during the Scottish independence referendum, at Cromarty Firth in the Scottish Highlands, with a drilling platform towering over them. Photograph: Murdo MacLeod/The Guardian Politics Blog

Before the Scottish referendum on independence I wrote on ‘Fromoverhere’ a short piece entitled ‘TRIDENT & SCOTLAND NOT JUST A QUESTION OF ‘YES’ OR ‘NO’ TO THE UNION’. What concerned me then, a concern that has been reinforced since, is that the political climate in Scotland is driving the ‘no nukes’ in Scotland agenda not […]

Sovereignty is dead. Long live sovereignty.

22 Sep

What will be the narrative we tell about the past decade of UK devolution, the campaign leading up to the referendum and the past 24 hours since the “nays” carried the vote? How will we build on that chapter of our now history, to write the opening of the next chapter of our joint story?

The NHS Citizen Assembly has arrived

18 Sep

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Today the NHS Citizen project will be holding the first NHS Citizen Assembly, where citizens and the NHS England Board will discuss important issues for the NHS. This is a great example of national scale deliberative engagement process, linked into a traditional decision-making process. Since the start of the process, NHS Citizen is exploring and […]

Hammering the final nail in the coffin of UK party-based “democracy”

17 Sep

I am pretty sad to miss the Thursday 18th Sept 2014 referendum on Scottish independence– regardless of the result, it is going to be a momentous event. If only to see how Whitehall and the UK political system has managed to turn a silk purse into a sow’s ear.