Futures thought pieces

Driving a global conversation through a series of invited thought pieces by Red Cross and Red Crescent staff.

How we started to redesign our volunteer approaches

How we started to redesign our volunteer approaches By Chris Reed, British Red Cross It was with fascination I recently read Shaun Hazeldine’s piece on Rethinking the Future of Volunteering? While written about the global Red Cross/ Red Crescent Movement, the way it...

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Bringing the Red Cross Movement into the Future – Part 2.

Bringing the Red Cross Movement into the Future - Part 2. By Alex Carle, British Red Cross     There is a plethora of reports, articles and think pieces making the case that the humanitarian system is failing and needs to make changes [Voices to Choices –...

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The future of mental health and psychosocial support

The future of mental health and psychosocial support by Cecilie Dinesen, Team Leader – Research and Communications team, IFRC Reference Centre for Psychosocial Support Mental health is an integral part of health and well-being and a fundamental human right for all...

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What do youth volunteers want?

What do youth volunteers want? As part of a research interest to examine the structures of youth civic engagement in different contexts and the potential space for innovation, particularly in developing regions; several participatory engagements were held in a Middle...

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Rethinking the future of volunteering?

Rethinking the future of volunteering? By Shaun Hazeldine  Globally the Red Cross and Red Crescent have some 11-12 million volunteers. This number fluctuates somewhat depending on what disasters and crises may emerge on any given year, but regardless it is still a...

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A Defining Decade For Climate Action

A Defining Decade For Climate Action   Climate change is one of the defining challenges of our generation, its consequences at the heart of the Red Cross Red Crescent mission to prevent and alleviate human suffering. Climate-related disasters such as heatwaves,...

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The Future of Work

The Future Of Work   The purpose of this note is to provide an overview of current thinking around the future of work for Strategy 2030 and understand its implications for IFRC. A lot has been written on the so-called fourth industrial revolution and the future...

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Future Of Urban

The Future of Urban  This thought piece puts forward 6 potential futures of urban and poses the following questions to our network: As urban micro services and mobility options become cheaper and more plentiful, what new possibilities will this introduce for RCRC...

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Future of volunteering

The future of volunteering What might volunteering look like over the next decade for the Red Cross and Red Crescent network? We know that volunteering is changing – the Global Review of Volunteering and the IFRC 2018 Thematic Futures highlighted a number of ways in...

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A brief history of the nature of work

A Brief History of the Nature of Work August 13 2018 Introduction Traditionally, technological progress is incremental and gradual considering improvements and adaptations of existing technology. However, occasionally in modern human history, technological advance has...

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Volunteering voices from around the network

Recruiting Volunteers in the Future

Recruiting volunteers in the future by Nancy Ougo, Kenya Red CrossChange is a constant factor. Volunteering is not an exception. There is a growing consensus that the way people engage in volunteering has changed and will continue to evolve. Initially, volunteering...

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TO EXIST OR NOT? – A Utopic Vision

TO EXIST OR NOT? – A Utopic Vision By Vinicius Galera, Brazilian Red Cross    We all know we live in a world full of problems: from inequality, to lack of access to health, starvation, violence, gender and ethnical discrimination and immigration flows, just...

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The backbone and the brain

The backbone and the brain Is it time to rethink the metaphors used to describe volunteers?   An article from the Red Cross Red Crescent magazine Volunteers are often called the ‘heart’ or the ‘backbone’ of the Movement because they have passion and they do most...

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