Beyond Survival 2020

Beyond Survival 2020 : Practical Hope in Powerful Times

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This feels like a moment of truth. For many years people have been warning that we live in extraordinary times, a change of age not just an age of change. International Futures Forum (IFF) has been amongst them - quietly advocating the need for radically different approaches to intractable problems in a world where we are off our familiar charts.
Many have said of the 2020 pandemic, as they said of the 2008 financial crash before it, that crisis also brings opportunity. But wishing will not make it so. Just as before, the old order remains remarkably resilient, has not left the field, and may well come back stronger and more sure of its worldview than ever. How can we best work to ensure that things turn out differently this time around?

These four essays explore the resources we need to draw on in this as in any other crisis if we are to bend the arc of history "toward the hope of a better day". The first is survival, then insight, perseverance, and hope - without which we cannot even start the journey.

Raymond Williams wrote that our task is "to make hope possible rather than despair convincing". But for Graham Leicester, hope is always possible and grounded in action. The real challenge is to make it convincing. Then we might attract the resources to match our ambitions and practical hope might frame the invigorating spirit of the next phase - recovery and renewal.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 48 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 4mm | 78g
  • Bridport, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2nd edition
  • 4 black and white line drawings
  • 1913743039
  • 9781913743031

About Graham Leicester

Graham Leicester is Director of the International Futures Forum.

Graham previously ran Scotland's leading think tank, the Scottish Council Foundation, founded in 1997.

From 1984-1995 he served as a diplomat in HM Diplomatic Service, specialising in China (he speaks Mandarin Chinese) and the EU.

Between 1995 and 1997 he was senior research fellow with the Constitution Unit at University College London. He has also worked as a freelance professional cellist, including with the BBC Concert Orchestra.

He has a strong interest in governance, innovation and education, is a senior adviser to the British Council on those issues, and has previously worked with OECD, the World Bank Institute and other agencies on the themes of governance in a knowledge society and the governance of the long term.
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