Our Economy

Having explored the challenges provided by the technological revolution and climate change in its first two events in 2017, the Futures Forum heard from Jamie Coleman, chair and co-founder of Codebase and Dr Katherine Trebeck, senior researcher at Oxfam, on how we could and should make our living in 2030, both as individuals and a country.

The discussion was introduced and chaired by Futures Forum director Adam Tomkins MSP. 

 

Jamie Coleman (Chair and Co-Founder, Codebase)

Based in Edinburgh, Codebase is the largest tech company incubator in the United Kingdom. It has helped companies like Skyscanner and Fan Duel grow into worldwide successes and it is currently home to more than 90 businesses. With a background in life sciences, after a first job as a librarian, Jamie Coleman was in an excellent position to provide his view on our strengths, our weaknesses and our potential future economy.

 

Dr Katherine Trebeck (Senior Researcher, Oxfam)

At Oxfam, Katherine Trebeck is exploring an economy that delivers social justice, good lives, vibrant communities and which protects the planet. Before her current role, Katherine led research and policy for Oxfam's Scotland office, where she developed Oxfam's Humankind Index—a measure of Scotland's real prosperity developed through wide ranging community consultation.

Katherine also managed Oxfam's “Whose Economy?” project, which asked why, despite decades of economic growth, Scotland's poverty has not been addressed and why inequalities have deepened—pertinent questions for this debate.

 

Scotland 2030