Welcome to Scotland's Futures Forum 


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 five-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.

A Guide and Legacy Report for the 2011-2016 Parliamentary Session is now available as an Adobe Slate presentation.

Explore our website to learn more about our membership and how to contact us. For more information, please see our Scotland's Futures Forum leaflet (724KB pdf).

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.

Scotland 2030: Our aspirations for culture and society in Scotland in 2030 and beyond

Work in this area will look at the topic from a number of different perspectives (e.g. cultural, sporting, educational, wellbeing-related) to provide pointers for those implementing changes and to help MSPs, MSP staff, researchers, committees, support structures and civic society envisage the sort of society we wish to aspire to. Programme objectives include a genuine connection with civic Scotland and an enhanced engagement with MSPs and Parliament. It is expected that the duration of this programme will be approximately 4–5 years to incorporate learning from the many different perspectives and to meet the objectives set.

Scotland's Futures Forum Knowledge Exchange

With world-class research and expertise in our universities, fascinating insight provided by our think-tanks, and creative thinking throughout our communities, Scotland has great resources to draw on in looking to the future. Scotland's Futures Forum will work with our key partners in academia and beyond to bring these resources to our Parliament.