In November this year, we published a report on our major programme in this parliamentary session, looking at what life will be like in Scotland in 2030 and beyond.
The report "Scotland 2030: A Positive View of Our Future" covered the major issues for our future lives, from birth to death, that had come out of our programme. These included some important questions for us all to consider for the next 10 years.
Throughout the programme, we sought to bring creativity to our discussions, both by asking writers and others to share their thoughts on the issues at hand and by sharing their creative reflections on our shared future.
The future can be hard to imagine, and stories and art can help us envisage the kind of future we want and discuss our aspirations with others.
From our first event, where the writer and singer Karine Polwart read and discussed three imagined news stories from 2030, to our work with Cymera and Shoreline of Infinity to support a storytelling competition, we have supported this work where possible.
These ideas, reflections and provocations complement the work in our report, “Scotland 2030: A Positive View of Our Future”.
Festival of Politics
In November, as we brought the Scotland 2030 Programme to a conclusion, we were delighted to partner with the Scottish Parliament on its first virtual Festival of Politics.
The Festival programme put the spotlight on the key issues facing society over the next 10 years, and it opened with a session hosted by the Parliament's Presiding Officer on Scotland in 2030.
The discussion featured the Professor Anne Glover, president of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the author and philosopher Roman Krznaric, the Commissioner for Children and Young People Scotland Bruce Adamson, and the writer and broadcaster Tomiwa Folorunso.
Mar phàirt de dhealas Pàrlamaid na h-Alba a bhith a’ cumail taic ris a’ Ghàidhlig, dh’fhoillsich sinn an aithisg againn air deasbad na bliadhna an-uiridh mun Ghàidhlig san àm ri teachd.
Thug an aithisg sùil air taisbeanaidhean eòlaichean, buidhnean bùth-obrach agus lèirsinn airson 2030, a’ gabhail a-steach Alba far am faigh sinn barrachd spòrs tron Ghàidhlig, stand-up Gàidhlig agus dràma telebhisean Gàidhlig am measg eile.
Dh’fhaighnich sinn cuideachd am bu chòir dhuinn Gàidhlig a cheangal ri roinnean eaconamach agus teicneòlsan ùra san àm ri teachd, an àite ris an àrainneachd nàdair againn.
B’ e ar lèirsinn airson 2030 nach biodh a’ Ghàidhlig ga cleachdadh airson bruidhinn mu dheidhinn na Gàidhlig a-mhàin! Gus taic a chumail ris an lèirsinn sin, dh’fhoillsich sinn geàrr-chunntas den aithisg aig a' phrògram fharsaing againn Alba 2030, agus de na deich beachdan againn airson 2030, sa Ghàidhlig.
As part of the Scottish Parliament’s commitment to support the Gaelic language, we published our report on last year’s discussion of the future for the Gaelic language.
The report covered the expert presentations, workshop groups and visions for 2030, including a Scotland where we can have fun in Gaelic, watching Gaelic stand-ups and Gaelic-language television dramas.
We also asked whether we should link Gaelic’s future to new economic sectors and technologies, rather than our natural heritage.
One vision for 2030 was for Gaelic not just to be used to talk about Gaelic. To support that, we published a summary of our wide-ranging Scotland 2030 Programme report, along with our 10 ideas for 2030, in Gaelic.