Scotland's Futures Forum December Bulletin: Review of the Year

Hello and welcome to the Scotland's Futures Forum Winter bulletin and review of the year.

In this edition we have a look back over some of the work we've done in 2018, and look forward to 2019.

Life in Future Scotland

This year our Scotland 2030 Programme considered different stages of life in the future - growing up, working, growing older and dying. We've also looked at autonomous vehicles and our food future.

Speakers and panel members at our Scotland 2030 Programme events this year, chaired by the Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh MSP, Gillian Martin MSP, Ross Greer MSP and Claudia Beamish MSP.

Our Future Scotland

In May, we hosted a wide-ranging discussion around a film produced by our partners at the RSE's Young Academy of Scotland. Featuring contributions from all the Scottish political party leaders and other leading thinkers such as author Christopher Brookmyre, poet Jackie Kaye and actor Brian Cox, the "Our Future Scotland" film challenges us all to consider our aspirations for 2030 and beyond.

Brian Cox, Christopher Brookmyre, Clare Adamson MSP and Professor Sethu Vijayakumar join the Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh MSP to discuss Our Future Scotland

Future education and learning

The Children's Parliament's vision for Primary School in 2030

With our partners the Goodison Group in Scotland, we've been continuing our project to look at the future for different stages of education and learning. From the project, we've put together some straw scenarios of what education in 2030 and beyond could and should look like.

For all the events and discussions, we aim to produce event reports, along with videos of the contributions where possible. We're in the process of updating our website, so check out our Scotland 2030 Programme webpages for all the details.

Other projects

The Futures Forum also undertook a series of short projects this year, working with cross-party groups of MSPs both in committees and separately, and bringing innovative projects to a parliamentary audience.

An action plan for homelessness

Josh Littlejohn, co-founder of Social Bite, speaks at a Futures Forum reception in January 2018

At the start of the year, the Futures Forum hosted an event with Social Bite on its plans to eradicate homelessness in Scotland.

Drugs in Scotland

In May, we held a discussion on the future of drugs policy in Scotland. Chaired by Adam Tomkins MSP and Clare Haughey MSP, the seminar heard from experts and families affected by harmful drug use. Read the report here.

Financial and Constitutional Futures

Derek Mackay MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Dr Rebekah Widdowfield, chief executive of the RSE, and Bruce Crawford MSP, convener of the Finance and Constitution Committee; Michael Russell MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Constitutional Relations

Finally, with the Finance and Constitution Committee, we looked at both the long-term sustainability of Scotland's public finances and potential post-Brexit constitutional arrangements based on common frameworks.

2019: What's next?

The theme for the Scotland 2030 Programme in 2019 will be wellbeing, looking at building healthy society and communities, the potential role of a citizen's basic income, and the morals and ethics of future Scotland.

As ever, we'll also look to take opportunities to open up discussion on Scotland's long-term future.

We'll provide more details about our plans early in the new year. In the meantime, everyone at Scotland's Futures Forum wishes you all a very Merry Christmas and all the best for the new year.


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