School of International Futures

Highlights of 2016 – ESPAS conference

The European Strategy and Policy Analysis System (ESPAS) project is a collaboration between the European Commission, the European Parliament, the Council of the EU, and the European External Action Service. It has an important remit to both identify and explore trends... read more

Development Predictions: Looking back and looking forward

Emergency aid is broken. Insurance will help us fix it. Cybersecurity and data security become mainstream concerns. Big data meets thick data. These are three of the predictions from Bond’s future thinkers in 2017, which aim to ‘predict’ what is in store for the... read more

Happy New Year from SOIF

It’s been a busy and eventful 2016, with global events reinforcing the need for strategic foresight in a volatile and uncertain world. It’s been great to catch up with so many of you this year on our travels across Asia, Europe and the Americas and we look... read more

What we are reading this month: December

Here is what we have been reading this past month: Our friends at the Institute of Security Studies (ISS) in Africa have been long standing advocates and practitioners of the importance of strategic long-term planning in Africa. One of their recent reports is on SDG16... read more

Reflections on Habitat III and the New Urban Agenda

Written by Allie Bobak, Coordinator, School of International Futures The week of October 17-20 over 30,000 people from 167 nations gathered in Quito, Ecuador for Habitat III. The conference, which has taken place every 20 years since 1976, is a concerted effort to... read more

Design of networks and governance for a better future

Author: Cat Tully, Co-Founder, SOIF I am super grateful for Giulio Quaggiotto for having pointed me in the direction of Esko Kilpi’s fantastic blog post “A pattern language of post-industrial work” It’s definitely worth a read for anyone interested in the... read more

The future of global governance

Earlier this year School of International Futures (SOIF) was asked to design and facilitate a series of five roundtables, culminating in a high-level discussion on “the future of global governance” between senior UK Government officials and leading figures from... read more


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