scotland's futures forum Spring Bulletin

Hello and welcome to our bulletin for spring 2018!

There's been a bit of a gap since our last bulletin, as we've been busy upgrading our website and working behind the scenes to prepare a very busy summer programme.

In this edition we share that Summer Programme of Events, provide an update on our Scotland 2030 Programme and give a flavour of what work is in the pipeline.

Data protection

First, though, a word on GDPR. Along with other organisations, we've been reviewing our use and retention of personal data. For more information on how we deal with your information, please check out our website: http://www.scotlandfutureforum.org/about/privacy-notice/.

summer Programme of Events

Join us on 16 May for a discussion with Christopher Brookmyre and Professor Sethu Vijayakumar on Our Future Scotland

First up in our summer programme is a panel discussion on Wednesday 16 May on our aspirations for 2030 and #OurFutureScotland. The panel includes author Christopher Brookmyre and robotics expert Professor Sethu Vijayakumar, along with Clare Adamson MSP, and will be chaired by Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh MSP.

STOP PRESS: We're delighted to announce that award-winning actor Brian Cox will also join our panel of speakers on 16 May

The stimulus for the debate is a short film produced by our colleagues in the RSE's Young Academy of Scotland featuring contributions from leading figures in politics, the arts, academia and business on their aspirations for our future. It challenged them, and challenges us, to look forward, think about what might change, and envisage the kind of society they want to live in.

We'll share the video online after the event and ask the same questions of everyone - what is your vision for #OurFutureScotland?

There are still some spaces available for the discussion. Email ScotlandsFuturesForum@parliament.scot to reserve your place.

Other events

Other events in our Scotland 2030 Programme include a challenge on the future world of work: what would Scotland in 2030 without a gender pay gap look like? What would have to change, both at work and outside?

Away from the Parliament, we'll be taking our debate on our future society to the North East as part of the University of Aberdeen's May Festival, and we're working with Ivan McKee MSP to bring together a seminar in Glasgow on the opportunities for the city from autonomous vehicles.

Click below for more information...

Scotland 2030: Growing up in future Scotland

In 2018, Scotland’s Futures Forum’s Scotland 2030 Programme is looking at different stages of life in future Scotland. The first event in the series considered the future for those growing up in Scotland in 2030.

Cathy McCulloch, co-director of the Children’s Parliament, discussed the benefits of taking a rights-based approach to supporting childhood, while Madeleine Brown, Member of the Scottish Youth Parliament reported back from a survey run by the Scottish Youth Parliament.

Photos from the "Scotland 2030: Growing up in Future Scotland" event on 6 March 2018, chaired by Rt Hon Ken Macintosh MSP

Marc Lambert, chief executive of the Scottish Book Trust, provided his reflections on the importance of reading and literacy in enabling agency and dealing with the changes we can expect to happen. The discussion covered technological change, the role of education and the impact of poverty.

Click the link below for videos and a report from the event

In the pipeline

Finally, our upcoming work includes Scotland 2030 events on ageing and dying, along with an investigation of Scotland's food future. We will also continue our work with the Goodison Group in Scotland on education and learning. As ever, get in touch if you've any questions about any of that or anything else related to the Futures Forum.


Event photos: (C) 2018 Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body

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