The Scottish Parliament's think-tank

Scotland 2030 Programme

A positive view of our future

The Scotland 2030 Programme has been an investigation into the kind of country we want Scotland to be in 2030 and beyond.

Through it, Scotland’s Futures Forum has explored how Scottish culture and society is changing and will change. We have looked at the issues through different themes and from different perspectives, with the overall aim to take a positive view of what lies ahead.

Over the years of the programme, we have built up a reference bank of materials. As well as capturing the wide range of topics covered, it provides food for thought on the future that Scotland faces. With videos, podcasts, event reports, guest blogposts, stories and pictures, we have supported a variety of voices to reflect on the future in the way that works for them.

Everything we have done is available on this website:

See all our Scotland 2030 Programme work

Scotland 2030: A Positive View of Our Future

“Scotland 2030: A Positive View of Our Future” aims to capture the key issues that emerged from our work and some important questions for the next 10 years. It also outlines a selection of the creative suggestions that have been shared during our events, with 10 ideas for 2030.

Most of all, we hope that it encourages everyone – Members of the Scottish Parliament and the people they serve – to take a positive view of our shared future.

Creative Reflections

Throughout the Scotland 2030 Programme, we sought to bring creativity to our discussions, both by asking writers and others to share their thoughts on the issues at hand and by sharing their creative reflections on our shared future.

The future can be hard to imagine, and stories and art can help us envisage the kind of future we want and discuss our aspirations with others.

These ideas, reflections and provocations complement the work in our report, “Scotland 2030: A Positive View of Our Future”.

Read more about the creative reflections on 2030


Throughout the Scotland 2030 Programme, we took a number of different perspectives and looked to consider the societal and cultural impacts of existing and predicted trends.

Select a heading to find out more about our themed projects.

Our Future Scotland




Education and learning



Life in Future Scotland

A Civilised Nation?