“When they go short-term, we go long-term…” FDSD trustee Andrea Westall recently joined Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd for their Reasons to be Cheerful Podcast, to discuss the urgent need for representation of future generations in today’s politics. With invited guests including Sophie Howe and Laurie Laybourn-Langton the podcast investigates the prevalent short-termism in politics, its impact on key issues such as the environmental emergency and how to design new institutions to overcome it.
The potential for a UK-wide Commissioner for Future Generations is a key theme of our work. Next to our campaign work and policy engagements, we regularly convene events bringing together speakers with intimate knowledge of the work of Commissioners and Ombudsmen around the world, to explore the opportunities and challenges to building on the pioneering work of the Welsh Government at UK level and in the other nations of the UK. The video of one the workshops is available on our event page.
- Provocation | An Opportunity for Transformational Change: A Provocation on the Potential for a Future Generations Commissioner for the UK | Andrea Westall
- Provocation | A UK wide Commissioner for Future Generations? | Cat Tully
- Report | The Democratic Case for an Office for Future Generations | Graham Smith
- Editorial Newsletter | Future Generations Commissioners: from Wales to the UK?
About the podcast series
In turbulent times, Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd have set out to take a brighter look at the world, and find out what’s shaping our futures for the better. The podcast series is designed to provide a space for optimism and progressive ideas; in their weekly podcasts, Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd speak to policy-makers, practitioners, campaigners, academics and thinkers who are shaping the policies and ideas to tackle the biggest problems facing the world today. “From climate and ecological breakdown, to income and wealth inequality, social care, racial injustice, systemic bias and land reform. They break down the challenges we need to overcome and focus on the solutions already being tried and tested around the world.”