The world is changing fast—and so must our approaches to persistent development issues. An ever-increasing number of people and devices and objects now generate data – social networks, mass media, transportation, mobile phones, credit cards, etc. What matters now is not how much data we have, but rather what can we do with all of… Read more »
Posts By: Vasko Popovski
Vasko Popovski is a Project Manager with UNDP in FYR Macedonia covering disaster and climate risk reduction. He is also exploring how social innovation can be applied in disaster risk reduction.
It was not the Copa do Mundo da FIFA Brasil that brought us to Yerevan in Armenia in July 2014, but a regional workshop on mainstreaming disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation (CCA). Between the sessions—and between the matches—we had some serious discussions with our colleagues from Armenia about disaster and climate risk… Read more »
In Kosovo, we’re looking ahead – and to do that we are using Futurescaper. We’re using this innovative platform for three key reasons: To dive deeper in the analysis To engage the public further To accelerate our understanding of the issues of youth unemployment in Kosovo
In June, I was part of the team behind Foresight for Development –Shaping the New Future, a research and development event held in Istanbul. Our key aim here was exposing our colleagues to a new trend we like to call “the gentle art of foresight.”
As the recent devastation wrought by flooding in Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina has shown, social media has a vital role to play in spreading information during natural and human-made disasters. Twitter is a great example of a platform that can quickly deliver vital information to a vast number of people. So Igor Miskovski of the… Read more »
So now that you’ve read my best-of-foresight reading list, aren’t you curious to see how all of this is actually being applied to the development context? Well then, look no further! As we get ever closer to #UNDP4Future on 16-17 June in Istanbul, I’ve made a list projects putting foresight at the forefront:
In preparing for the upcoming research and development event, Foresight for Development – Shaping the New Future, one of my tasks was to compile an essential reading list for the participants. This is easier said than done. There are gigabytes and terabytes of publications, books, and blogs out there. How was I to synthesize all of… Read more »
Youth unemployment is on the rise. This “generation at risk” now consists of 73 million unemployed young men and women worldwide. With the global unemployment rate at an estimated 12.6 percent – 18 percent for young adults – the outlook for much of Europe and Central Asia is even grimmer. The reality is worse in Kosovo where… Read more »
Here at UNDP we’re in the business of this all-encompassing yet often quite vague idea of ‘resilience’. For me what it boils down to is this: How well are the state and its citizens prepared to react to emergencies? And what can be done to help reduce the risks to human lives and their communities when… Read more »
There’s no shortage of guidelines these days on how to ‘prepare for the future.’ There is Nesta and their “modest defence of futurology” and there are our Global Pulse colleagues, who look at how big data can help us better prepare for - and protect citizens from – sudden shocks. But that’s not all.