"We assume that the present is a much more serviceable guide to the future than a candid examination of past experience would show it to have been.....we largely ignore the prospect of future changes about the actual character of which we know nothing." John Maynard Keynes
The next SUII call will focus on the theme of Scotland 2030. It is intended to complement and support Scotland’s Futures Forum’s current major programme of work.
Scotland's Futures Forum is the Scottish Parliament's futures think-tank. It works on a non-party basis to promote research and to stimulate debate on the long-term challenges and opportunities that Scotland faces, with the aim of informing MSPs and others and enabling them to consider the effects of decisions taken today on Scotland's long-term future. Their 2030 programme is an exploration of Scotland’s culture and society and aspirations for 2030 and beyond. It is taking a number of different perspectives and considering the societal and cultural impacts of existing and predicted trends and examining how Scotland can meet the challenges and exploit the opportunities that emerge.
The SUII call invites applicants to explore scenarios for what might be possible in this time frame (based on current knowledge/experience and emerging trends) along with the practicalities of what might be required in the intervening period in order to reach different destinations.
Applicants are invited to consider the future from a variety of perspectives (either individually or in combination), for example:
- geographical areas
- social groups
- policy priorities
- themes e.g. environment, technology etc.
Proposals could be relatively narrowly focussed or broader system wide explorations. Applicants are asked to consider potential synergies and opportunities for collaboration, alongside possible trade-offs between different interests in varying scenarios.
SUII programmes aim to stimulate in-depth knowledge exchange and mobilisation through workshops, seminars, and other activities over a period of several months. Applications are invited from teams whose composition reflects the multi-discipline and multi-sector remit of the Institute. Programme teams should include academics and policy makers and practitioners, ideally some non-academic partners should be involved in the development phase of a proposal to help ensure it is demand led. SUII programmes also offer the opportunity to draw on international expertise. Organising teams must include members from at least two SUII partner universities.
Knowledge Exchange Programmes
The Insight Institute supports programmes that address substantial issues facing Scotland and the wider world, which have the capacity to extend knowledge and inform policy and/or practice. Programmes should be proposed and organised by teams whose composition reflects the multi-discipline and multi-sector remit of the Institute. Programme participants should include academics and members of communities beyond academia, e.g. the public and voluntary sectors, business and industry, as well as bringing in international expertise. Programmes should:
- marshal the existing knowledge of participants and deploy their experience in fresh ways;
- be multi-disciplinary and incorporate policy-maker and/or practitioner knowledge;
- foster ongoing collaboration through a schedule of activities over a number of months, and
- demonstrate the capacity to extend knowledge and inform policy and practice.
Organising teams must include members from at least two of our partner universities:
Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow School of Art, Heriot Watt, St Andrews, Stirling, Strathclyde