International Futures: how different countries use futures approaches for long-term planning’

The shaping of national strategy (or ‘grand strategy’) has traditionally been the domain of government elites – top-down and ‘behind closed doors’. But this is beginning to change, with countries from Wales to Singapore starting to give people a say in the future that their children or grandchildren will inherit. In the UK, the School of International Futures has piloted a unique approach to running a participatory national futures dialogue, giving citizens - and members of the next generation in particular - a central role in shaping their country’s future place in the world. Our 'National Strategy for the Next Generations' programme weaves together strategic foresight, applied history and mass youth engagement, connecting the visions of young people to traditional planning processes to build a more united and plausible national narrative. This session will explain our approach, cover the lessons we have learned, and set out our plans for the future application of this work in the UK and beyond.

June 3, 2021


Ruth Marshall

Ruth Marshall

Head of Futures Capability

UK Government Office for Science