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Scotland 2030: What do we want, and how can we get there?

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Thursday 19 November 2020, 7pm to 8.30pm, online and free

As Scotland’s Futures Forum publishes its report into Scotland in 2030 and beyond, join an expert panel at the Scottish Parliament’s Festival of Politics to discuss the kind of country Scotland will be and how we can tackle the challenges ahead.

Scotland faces unprecedented change over the coming decade. Climate change, technological innovation and an ageing population present us all with challenges and opportunities. Scotland has set itself demanding targets to tackle poverty and end greenhouse gas emissions, and it hopes to be a world leader in ethical AI.

The Futures Forum chair, and Scottish Parliament Presiding Officer, Rt Hon Ken Macintosh MSP, will chair a panel discussion what the Scottish response will be to these global changes. How can we prepare ourselves? And, in navigating the decisions ahead, what kind of country do we want? 


  • Professor Dame Anne Glover, President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and chair of its Post-COVID Futures Commission
  • Roman Krznaric, philosopher and author The Good Ancestor: How to think long-term in a short-term world
  • Bruce Adamson, Commissioner for Children and Young People, Scotland
  • Tomiwa Folorunso, writer and presenter
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Scotland’s Futures Forum is the lead partner at the 2020 Festival of Politics, which this year will tackle the big issues facing our society in the next decade. Events include discussions about what Scotland can get from the COP26 conference, sustainable cities and the future of work.

All events are online and free. Find out more at the Festival of Politics website