Scotland's Futures Forum September 2017 Bulletin

Hello and welcome to our new Scotland's Futures Forum bulletin!

This the first in a regular bi-monthly bulletin to share some information on what's been happening with Scotland's Futures Forum and what's on our horizon.

In this edition we announce our Autumn Programme of Events, provide an update on our Scotland 2030 Programme and share information on what work is in the pipeline.

We'll also share information on other events that might be of interest, plus a couple of articles that caught our eye.

We hope you find it useful and interesting but if you'd prefer not to receive it you can just hit the unsubscribe button at the bottom to send us an email, and we'll take you off the list.

Autumn Programme of Events

We're delighted to announce our Autumn Programme of Events, with two events building on our Scotland 2030 Programme and a showcase of a fantastically innovative housing project in the Highlands. The Fit Homes project brings eco-friendly modular construction together with cutting edge predictive analytics to build safer houses that enable vulnerable tenants to live in their own homes for longer.

We're also thrilled to be involved with this year's Festival of Politics. Click below for more information...

Scotland 2030 Programme: Our Environment

At our most recent Scotland 2030 Programme event, we explored the link between a healthy society and culture and a healthy environment, asking what the relationship with our surroundings should be in 2030 to ensure a just and sustainable future for us all.

Context for the event was provided by new research on how Scotland’s environment might change over the next decade and a half. Funded by the Scottish Environment, Food and Agriculture Research Institutes (SEFARI), Dr Stephanie Smith, a post-doctoral researcher from Scotland’s Rural College, explored the extent to which Scotland’s environment will be well-functioning and resilient by 2030.

Steph also produced a series of wonderful "Wish you were here?" postcards from an imagined 2030, based on current trends and policies.

Two of Steph's postcards from 2030 - read them all on our website

Sustainability expert Heidi Hauf from Forum for the Future gave us her views on the ideal relationship between society and environment, while world-renowned landscape photographer Colin Prior reflected on Scotland’s current relationship with the environment and the action he thinks we need to take on tourism, the green belt and biodiversity.

Photos from the Scotland 2030: Our Environment event on 21 June 2017, chaired by Claudia Beamish MSP

Click the link below for a report from the event and more information about the research “Scotland 2030: how resilient and well-functioning will Scotland’s environment be?”

Save the date: Tuesday 3 October

Our next Scotland 2030 seminar will be on Tuesday 3 October, from 6pm in the Scottish Parliament, on the theme of the Scotland's economy in 2030. More information to follow...

Call for Research Proposals

We are also excited to be working again with our partners in the Scottish Universities Insight Institute on their next call for proposals. The call will focus on the theme of Scotland 2030 and is intended to complement and support our Scotland 2030 Programme

The SUII call invites applicants to explore scenarios for what might be possible in this time frame (based on current knowledge/experience and emerging trends) along with the practicalities of what might be required in the intervening period in order to reach different destinations. There's more information here.

Other events

Here are a couple of events that you might like:

"Scotland: Thriving in the Future Global Trade Environment", with the Economic Development Association Scotland (EDAS) and Scottish Enterprise. Friday 8 September, 09:00 - 12:30, in Edinburgh. More details here.

"Regional Migration: A solution for Scotland?", with IPPR Scotland. Tuesday 19 September, 18:30 - 20:00, in Edinburgh. More details here.

Worth a read

And here are a couple of articles that caught our attention:

"Driverless cars and trucks don’t mean mass unemployment—they mean new kinds of jobs" by Cathy Engelbert, CEO at Deloitte. Read the LinkedIn article here.

"Scientists serve up 100% real meat, without the cruelty or carbon". Read the World Economic Forum article here.

In the pipeline

Finally, our upcoming work includes events on obesity and future schooling, and we're also planning to spread our wings to Inverness on Friday 10 November. Get in touch if you've any questions about any of that or anything else related to the Futures Forum.


Event photos: (C) 2017 Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body Landscape photo: (C) Clare Magill 2013

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