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Scotland 2030: Our Future Scotland

#OurFutureScotland challenges everyone – from the First Minister and other party leaders, to leading business and technology figures, and award-winning authors and artists – to share their aspirations for the kind of country they want Scotland to be in the future.

Check out the video to see what our First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Makar Jackie Kay and a host of leading figures in Scotland think about the future.

The film was screened at the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday 16 May, followed by a panel discussion featuring actor Brian Cox, writer Christopher Brookmyre, robotics expert and Robot Wars judge Prof Sethu Vijayakumar, and Clare Adamson MSP and chaired by the Presiding Officer, Ken Macintosh MSP.

Also joining the discussion were chief executive of Scottish Renewables Claire Mack, the Data Lab chief executive Gillian Docherty, chair of Ceolas Mary MacInnes, writer and artist David Baillie, Co-Convener of the Scottish Green Party Maggie Chapman and human rights lawyer Debora Kayambe. Futures Forum directors Claudia Beamish MSP, Adam Tomkins MSP, Sir Andrew Cubie and Louise Macdonald, the chief executive of Young Scot, also attended.

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Our Future Scotland: Aberdeen and the North-East

The panel at the Our Future Scotland event at the University of Aberdeen

In partnership with the University of Aberdeen, on 25 May 2018, the Futures Forum held an event on the aspirations for our future in Aberdeen and the North East.

Using the Our Future Scotland video as a prompt, an expert panel provided their perspective on the opportunities for the North East in particular and Scotland in general.

Edel Harris, chief executive of social care organisation Cornerstone and EY Scotland entrepreneur of the year 2017 was joined by chair of Culture Aberdeen Dr Duncan Cockburn and Neil McLennan, senior lecturer at the University of Aberdeen School of Education for the discussion.

The seminar was chaired by Futures Forum head of business Rob Littlejohn.
Click here for a fuller update on the event.