Futures thought pieces

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

Rethinking the future of volunteering?

Rethinking the future of volunteering?   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 significant number of...

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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 of...

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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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Trends and Transformations

Trends and transformations Over the last year, the Solferino Academy consulted with over 100 Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies and external experts. These consultations included  futures workshops, online gaming simulations as well as research and horizon...

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Volunteering voices from around the network

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 of...

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