March 3, 2009
MANIFESTOS FOR THE NEXT GENERATION OF NORTHERN EUROPEAN CITIES
“What kind of places do Europe’s northern cities want to be as they look forward to 2020? Can they tell a distinctive story of optimism, inclusiveness and imagination?
Glasgow as a city is often pulled south- by comparison, competition and control- to Edinburgh, Manchester and London. But what if Glasgow chose to look north and east instead? Might its Nordic neighbours provide a better ‘urban peer group’ for Glasgow to exchange ideas, learn and collaborate?”
“Glasgow 2020 is a project to collect together the imagination of the city to tell a new story about its future. This site is a place to read and submit stories, make wishes and check out events about the future of Glasgow. What’s your story?”
February 26, 2009
DEMOS – POLICING 2020 – A FORCE FOR CHANGE
“A Force For Change is based on Demos’s experience over two years in guiding groups of senior police officers through a ‘futures thinking’ exercise, using four scenarios designed to help them think about the strategic context for policing in 2020. Based on interviews with over 150 senior police officers, the report argues that reform of the police force must be ‘future proof’.
It proposes that, instead of the incremental change being envisaged, the 43 police forces in England and Wales should be scrapped and replaced with no more than a dozen regional forces. The report’s authors also propose that police authorities should be abolished and replaced by more democratic forms of control, modelled on the management structures used for SureStart and Foundation Hospitals.”
February 25, 2009
DEMOS 2050 – THE FUTURE OF EVERYTHING
“Here are some of the things we’ve already done or are about to do:
* The future of the New Zealand public sector – a scenario planning exercise involving over 100 trade unionists
* Police training – a future planning exercise that we’ve done with over 150 senior police officers over the past few years
* Glasgow 2020 – an ‘exercise in mass imagination’ involving lots of Glaswegians in building a vision for their city
* Picture This! – a futures tool we’ve used to help organisations look at where they go next with education. Partners have included Kent and Clackmannanshire councils.
* A futures workshop with the OECD DAC and DIFD on creating a shared vision of security sector reform
* The programme for talented Labour councillors – a training porgramme for local politicians based on scenario techniques.
* The future of recruitment – how will people look for work in 15 years time?”
February 23, 2009
EU 2020 ESSAY – GROWING OLD GRACEFULLY. HOW TO EASE POPULATION AGEING IN EUROPE
“Europe stands on the cusp of a demographic revolution. Rising life expectancy and low fertility are radically transforming Europe’s demographic profile. Ageing populations pose profound political, economic and social challenges for Europe. Many commentators are deeply pessimistic about the consequences of population ageing for the social and economic fabric of Europe. But Alasdair Murray’s essay takes a more optimistic view. He argues that although pro-natal policies or increased immigration cannot be relied on to reverse Europe’s long-term population trends, demography is not destiny. There is much that governments can do, particularly to their labour markets, to counter the economic effects of ageing. At root, Europe faces more of a labour market problem than an intractable demographic crisis.”
February 22, 2009
NHS SHETLAND LAUNCHES 2020 VISION PROJECT
“Shetland NHS Board wishes to announce the official launch of ‘2020 Vision’, an exercise to set out the optimum shape of healthcare services in the islands over the next 15 – 20 years. We are looking at a number of key issues, including:
* Potential changes in clinical practice
* Balancing primary care, community and hospital services
* Balancing services in Shetland with services provided in Aberdeen and elsewhere
* Recruitment and retention of appropriately skilled staff
* Making best use of new technology
* Making best use of available resources
Our vision for the future will encompass all aspects of healthcare in Shetland, including GP services, community nursing, services for children, services for older people, mental health and promotion of healthy lifestyles. The 2020 Vision exercise will also help to inform our assessment of the benefits and feasibility of replacing our hospitals in Lerwick with a new facility………”