Intergenerational Fairness Criteria | Round Tables – London, 17 April 2019

Intergenerational Fairness Criteria Round Tables | London, 17 April 2019

Together with the FDSD, the School of International Futures (an organisation that helps policy-makers, business leaders and communities make strategic choices, manage risk and become future-ready) is hosting a Round Table on Intergenerational Fairness taking place on the afternoon of 17th April. We hope this will be the beginning of an innovative experiment towards a...

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Taking the Long View | February 2019

In this issue, we focus on the loudening call for citizens to lead a new approach to decision making that can steer our democracies towards a greener, fairer future.

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Call for applicants to join our board

FDSD is a London-based think tank that explores the critical links between flourishing democracy and sustainable development. Through research, advocacy and dialogue, we build the evidence and make the connections needed to secure fairness for all and a healthy environment, now and in the future. Trustees play an active role in the organisations’ activities, including...

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A call to do politics differently—Blog by Peter Davies

A call to do politics differently

The 2015 Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Act requires public bodies in Wales to incorporate public involvement in their decision making. The explicit emphasis on engaging the public reflects the strong views expressed in the national conversation of 2014 that shaped the legislation that “a lack of engagement between the community and the decision makers resulted...

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Extinction Rebellion and democratic renewal—Blog by Graham Smith

XR and democratic renewal—blog by Graham Smith

2018 witnessed the emergence of a dynamic, new climate change movement—Extinction Rebellion (XR). The use of mass civil disobedience has a long democratic heritage and makes a significant contribution to democratic culture. But XR has other ambitions to renew democracy: one of its key demands is also democratic reform: “a national citizens’ assembly to oversee the changes, as part of creating a democracy fit for purpose.”

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Promoting public involvement in Wales | Blog by Bethan Smith

Promoting public involvement in Wales | Blog by Bethan Smith

Bethan Smith is Goal Convenor for Involvement, Office for the Future Generations Commissioner, Wales. . . . Through the 2015 Well-being of Future Generations Act, all devolved public bodies in Wales are legally required to put sustainable development first; that is, to consider the long-term impact of their decisions and “to act in a manner...

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Lord John Bird calls for Future Generations Act for the UK

At the inaugural Well-being of Future Generations Commissioner for Wales' Annual Lecture, The Big Issue founder and crossbench peer, John Bird, called for the long-term thinking approach pioneered in Wales to be rolled out across the rest of the UK. As a prominent anti-poverty campaigner and keen supporter of the work of the first Future Generations Commissioner for Wales, Lord Bird spoke about the importance of tackling today's crises, as well as working to prevent tomorrow's.

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