This report suggests ten governance options for the UK to embed a more future-oriented approach in UK politics, including an Office for Future Generations to an annual Congress of the Future and a new parliamentary chamber.
FDSD and WWF-UK argued that sustainable development should be a central organizing principle of national and local government alongside constitutional, legislative and executive protections.
Halina Ward takes a critical look at ISO 26000, an international standard that aims to encourage organisations to be socially-responsible. She assesses the standard against democracy and sustainable development, making recommendations so that it could better enhance global governance and sustainable development.
Whilst there are examples of decision-making innovations that link communities and mainstream politics, Halina Ward asks what happens when community groups that self-organise on sustainable development choose not to engage with local government.
Drawing on her experience at Australian online campaign group GetUp, Sally Hill considers the rise of online activism such as MoveOn, GetUp, 38 Degrees, and Avaaz, on democracy, focusing primarily on their climate change activities.
The seminar focussed on: what innovations are needed in democracy and participatory decision-making, if we want them to deliver the actions required to mitigate and adapt to climate change? It was aimed at leaders and change makers in central and local governments, businesses, NGOs and communities.
Ten civil society chief executives, including FDSD, signed an open letter calling on Prime Minister David Cameron to go beyond his pledge for a ‘New Politics’ to adopt a “New Politics of the Future” since short-termism is hampering progress on tackling climate change; as well as changing demographics; youth unemployment; and environmental and social injustice.