Scotland's Futures Forum October 2017 Bulletin

Hello and welcome to the Scotland's Futures Forum bulletin!

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

There's also some information on other events that might be of interest, plus a couple of articles that have caught our eye.

Winter Programme of Events

We're delighted to announce our Winter Programme of Events, with a series of events building on our Scotland 2030 Programme. Covering future schooling, technology and ethics, the programme certainly has variety.

In particular we're thrilled to be taking our work to Inverness in conjunction with our partners at the Royal Society of Edinburgh and their @Inverness Programme. Click below for more information...

Scotland 2030 Programme: Our Economy

At our most recent Scotland 2030 Programme event, we explored visions of our future economy, asking how we should be making a living both as individuals and as a country. Chaired by Adam Tomkins MSP, one of the Futures Forum's directors, the event featured contributions from Jamie Coleman, chair and co-founder of Codebase and Dr Katherine Trebeck, senior researcher at Oxfam.

Photos from the Scotland 2030: Our Economy event on 3 October 2017, chaired by Adam Tomkins MSP

Jamie provided insight into the increasing pace of change seen in the economy as a result of disruptive innovation, while Katherine challenged participants to think about what having a successful, sustainable economy would really mean in 2030.

Both contributions were filmed, and a report of the event will be published soon. Click on the link below for more information:

Next Event Update

The final Scotland 2030 seminar of the year, on the values and ethics of Scotland's society in 2030, which was due to take place on Wednesday 29 November, will now take place in 2018 due to changes in speaker availability. The event will be chaired by Richard Holloway, as Futures Forum director, and we'll provide more information in the next bulletin.

Other events

Here are a couple of events that you might like:

"Reflections on economic policy making in a UK outside the European Union with Nicholas Macpherson", with the David Hume Institute, Monday 13 November 13, 18:00 - 20:00, in Edinburgh. More details here.

"No more petrol or diesel powered cars: Credible scenario or green fantasy?", with International Public Policy Institute. Thursday 16 November, 18:00 - 20:00, in Glasgow. More details here.

Worth a read

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

"This Robot Tractor Is Ready to Disrupt Construction" by Matt Simon, on more automation coming our way. Read the Wired article here.

"Costa Rica wants to be the first country to ban all single-use plastics". Read the World Economic Forum article here.

In the pipeline: 2018 Programme Direction

Finally, the Futures Forum board has agreed that our Scotland 2030 Programme in 2018 will examine different stages of life, including our cultural relationship with childhood, ageing and death. There'll be more details in the Christmas Bulletin but get in touch if you've any questions about any of that or anything else related to the Futures Forum.


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Event photos: (C) 2017 Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body Landscape photo: (C) 2017 Rob Littlejohn

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