Welcome to Scotland's Futures Forum 

Background

Scotland's Futures Forum was created by the Scottish Parliament to help its Members, along with policy makers, businesses, academics, and the wider community of Scotland, look beyond immediate horizons, to some of the challenges and opportunities we will face in the future.  Looking beyond the 4 year electoral cycle and away from party politics, the forum seeks to stimulate public debate in Scotland, bringing fresh perspectives, ideas and creativity on how we might prepare now for the future.

Explore our website to learn more about our membership and how to contact us.


Current Major Projects:

Business Succession - the sustainability of family businesses and SMEs
In the European Union, one-third of business owners-–with some 690,000 businesses providing 2.8million jobs in the EU—will retire in the next 10 years. This represents a major demographic challenge.
Will the companies currently run by these entrepreneurs survive or die? The Forum is investigating this issue from a Scottish perspective.

Rethinking Wellbeing

  • This initiative helps take forward design and measurement of effective public policies in a practical way
  • Our main partner in this is the Scottish Universities Insight Institute. A “Guidance Group”, encompassing a wider stakeholder group, steers the wellbeing work
  • We are closely aligning our wellbeing outputs, in a non-party political manner, with Scotland’s National Performance Framework, ‘Scotland Performs’.

Business Succession - the sustainability of family businesses and SMEs

  • In the European Union, one-third of business owners-–with some 690,000 businesses providing 2.8million jobs in the EU—will retire in the next 10 years. This represents a major demographic challenge.
  • Will the companies currently run by these entrepreneurs survive or die? The Forum is investigating this issue from a Scottish perspective.

By 2025 Scotland will be regarded as a world-leading learning nation

  • This skills and learning project challenges policy-makers, business people and those involved in education to think creatively about skills, training and the role of employers in an ever-changing world.
  • A 2014 horizons review report highlights recent trajectory trends. We are now embedding this learning with policymakers, educationalists and organisations. Project material, including a scenario toolkit, is available in the 2025 Scotland section of our website.