Scenarios for the Future of Technology and International Development

Every scenario project has a focal question —
a broad yet strategic query that serves as an
anchor for the scenarios. For this project, the
focal question was:
How might technology affect barriers to
building resilience and equitable growth
in the developing world over the next
15 to 20 years?
In other words, what new or existing
technologies could be leveraged to improve
the capacity of individuals, communities,
and systems to respond to major changes, or
what technologies could improve the lives of

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Technology and Innovation Futures: UK Growth Opportunities for the 2020s

Technology and Innovation Futures is a forward look at a range of developments which
have the potential over the next 20 years to support sustained economic growth in the UK.
Based on interviews and workshops with 180 representatives from industry, research,
international institutions and social enterprises, the report identifies 53 technologies which are
likely to be important to the UK in the 2020s, because of the UK’s comparative advantage
today, its future needs, or the size of the potential market. As the UK comes out of the

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Learning from the future : Scenarios for post-16 learning

We present four scenarios for the sector in 20 years’ time. They focus on the organisation of the sector and are driven by: the need to raise skills so that business can compete in the international market persistent market failure at the bottom end of the labour market continuing high levels of social exclusion. The scenarios are built around two forms of government
intervention – labour market regulation and increased public investment – and are structured round four themes mentioned earlier in our report:
skills priorities – the focus of the sector integration

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The German BMBF Foresight Process: New Future Fields

Which areas of research will be important in the long term? Which topics can
be thoroughly dealt with in Germany because they fit in with German science
and business skills? Which research and technology areas have enough synergies and influential impact to enable them to provide an impetus in other
areas? Which future fields cover a range of disciplines, promise outstanding,
pioneering science and technology knowledge gains, and will therefore contribute significantly to people’s quality of life and to sustainable resources use?

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Global Europe 2050

We can rise to the Europe 2020 challenges of dealing with an ageing population, securing sustainable
resources, developing clean energy supplies, improving healthcare and combating
climate change – but only if we take effective short, medium and long term action. This is why
the European Commission asked twenty five leading analysts to look into the future and workthrough
a number of scenarios to see where the EU might be in 2050.
Their work, presented in this Global Europe 2050 report, analyses three key scenarios which

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