At Kolba lab here in Armenia, we have been testing foresight. We’re trying to gauge its potential in shaping the UN’s strategy in Armenia and in supporting the design of future development programmes. This blog is the second in a series aimed at sharing our rationales, experiences, and results. In the previous blog post, we talk about why… Read more »
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Last year Cyprus was chosen by UNDP colleagues in Moldova for two study visits by representatives of local authorities, civil society, and the business community. They picked Cyprus because of its long history of bi-communal cooperation. Nonetheless, this choice still took us, and our partners, by surprise.
In the past few months Kolba Lab here in Armenia has jumped on the “gold rush to the future“. This is the first in a series of blogs that aims to share our rationales, experiences, and results. Today’s challenges – increased complexity and interconnectedness of development issues, alongside endemic deficiencies within static bureaucracies – are pushing… Read more »
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.”
The word “foresight” is defined as the ability to see ahead. It can be fun, however, to consider the literal definition as well, which is “before seeing.” What happens before seeing?
Last week, at the International Development Conference for South-South Cooperation, I was lucky enough to have a conversation with my boss: former Prime Minister of New Zealand, Forbes Magazine’s 23rd most powerful woman in the world, and (to my delight) Blood on the Tracks-era Bob Dylan fan, Helen Clark. Ms. Clark is presiding over 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 »
We all know we cannot predict the future. However, can we get better at making strategic choices towards the vision we have for our future? Without a clear or common vision for what this future would look like this can be quite difficult. Add a volatile, complex environment where reliable data is scarce and information… 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 »