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Futures Forum Bulletin: Autumn 2018

Hello and welcome to the Futures Forum’s bulletin for autumn 2018! With the Scottish Parliament having returned from the summer recess, we look back on a busy summer for us and forward to an exciting…











Drugs in Scotland: Seminar

Ten years on from its ground-breaking report into reducing harm caused by alcohol and drugs, Scotland’s Futures Forum returned to the subject with an event to consider drug use in Scotland. Following a request from…


Summer 2018: Events Programme

Scotland’s Futures Forum is delighted to announce our Summer Programme of Events. In the Scottish Parliament, we’ll be hosting a panel discussion including author Christopher Brookmyre and robotics expert Professor Sethu Vijayakumar on our aspirations…




Drugs in Scotland: MSPs Request Review

Ten years on from its ground-breaking report into reducing harm caused by alcohol and drugs, Scotland’s Futures Forum will return to the subject with an event to consider drug use in Scotland. Following a request…





Growing Older and Wiser Together

In 2006-07, Scotland’s Futures Forum looked at issues and opportunities for Scotland’s ageing population, specifically to stimulate debate on the positive aspects of the population structure. Growing Older and Wiser Together Report



Scotland: Sustainable Communities in 2030

Sustainable Communities in Scotland is a scenario project looking at what sustainable communities might look like, in Scotland, in 2030. Our main report describes three scenarios for the future: opportunities missed opportunities taken opportunities uninvited…









Fit Home: the Future of Housing and Health

This informal reception introduced guests to the main concepts behind Fit Home, a unique partnership between housing, NHS Highland and social enterprise, which, supported by academic research, showcases a collaborative solution to wellness in the…













Automation in the Scottish Economy

The growing level of automation in Scotland’s economy and the implications for our workforce was the subject of a Scotland’s Futures Forum’s Breakfast Seminar in 2017. Hosted by Richard Leonard MSP on behalf of the…




Facing up to Climate Change

In early March 2011, Scotland’s Futures Forum along with Edinburgh Beltane hosted two seminars to consider the findings of the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s report ‘Facing up to climate change: breaking the barriers to a…


Women in Prison

Increasing numbers of women are being imprisoned in Scotland (and other comparable jurisdictions), and this cannot be explained by rates of offending or changes in the nature of offences. The Scottish Universities Insight Institute recently…


Social Impact Bonds

In an era of financial austerity, governments need to consider innovative new ways of funding the solutions to a variety of social problems. At a Futures Forum seminar attended by over 100 individuals from the…




Scotland’s Public Finances

In 2010, the Futures Forum undertook work on Scotland’s public finances. It was aware from its own work that the future would include public sector budgetary constraints, rapid technological change and shifting relationships between citizens,…


Low Carbon Scotland Report

On 8 March 2010, Scotland’s Futures Forum held a seminar to consider how far we are from realising a low carbon economy in Scotland. The seminar was attended by 90 policymakers, academics and those from…