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Participatory Futures: Integrating Public Voices in Futures Thinking

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Public voices are increasingly being integrated into government’s foresight processes. This was one of the findings from GO-Science’s recent report with the School of International Futures, Features of effective systemic foresight in governments globally. Participatory Futures enables this integration and …

Trend Deck – evidence of future change for UK policy makers

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The Government Office for Science Futures team provides a suite of futures resources to help UK government officials and others develop policies and strategies that create long-term benefits for society. Informed by the UK cross-government horizon scanning community, Trend Deck …

Features of effective systemic foresight in governments around the world

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The Government Office for Science Futures team highlight findings from a recent set of case studies commissioned from the School of International Futures (SOIF) to understand different foresight features in eight countries across the world. The report findings have helped …

Four global trends which may shape how citizen data is used in the future

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The Government Office for Science team highlight findings from their recent report concerning four global trends expected to shape the future of citizen data systems.

25 Years of Foresight – time to reconnect with old friends and reflect

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2020 marks 25 years since Foresight published the first panel reports. We’ve worked under seven Government Chief Scientific Advisors and six Prime Ministers. We’ve adapted our approach to suit the policy making culture of the day, and the prevailing issues …

Graduates wanted: Apply now for the 2019 GOS Internship Programme

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The Government Office for Science (GOS) is recruiting up to 20 graduate interns to work on a wide range of important high-profile science and policy issues. Hear from our 2018 cohort on working on Futures in GOS.

Behavioural Insights: Do experts know what they don’t know?

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How susceptible are policy-makers to biases? Are policy-makers over-confident, under-confident, or are they “well-calibrated”? The Behavioural Insights Team can help to answer these questions.

Why should we think more actively about our travel choices? 

When you’re standing on the train platform, do you think about why you chose that route to work?  How many other possible ways could there be to get to your destination?  What is important to you when you’re making decisions - cost, convenience, flexibility, or perhaps you’re just looking for a detour …