Will we see secondhand ebooks in the future?

This is a guest blog post by Karen Martin, who also blogs about Prince2 training courses for the QCA You can connect on our site with Giles Lane, director of Proboscis who developed the bookleeter app.

Digitisation of a product often brings about a shift from the tangible to the immaterial. For example, exchanging music used to be about swapping CDs. Now we email MP3 files.  This change has implications for how these products are shared and exchanged as we no longer have to give away an item to be able to share. Russell D...

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What will our cities look like in the future?

This is the question that Forum for the Future has explored in its Megacities on the move project. The report is a fascinating read. It explores a number of drivers influencing urbanisation and mobility in the future, including climate change, global resource constraints, changing family structures, personal mobility and ubiquitous connectivity. It then outlines four future scenarios:

  • planned-opolis: In a world of fossil fuels and expensive energy, the only solution is tightly planned and control...

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New Year crystal ball round-up

I try to avoid making predictions because it is too easy to be wrong. Flying cars and robot house servants come to mind of examples where the speculations of futurists have been wrongly taken for predictions of the future’. Stephen Aguilar Milan, in Happy New Year

As the last year and decade drew to a close my twitter feed was filled with various musings on what the next year or decade might bring. Here are my top three highlights:

1. There are lots of technology related predictions around. I li...

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The impact of digital on zines

This is a guest blog post by Hazem Tagiuri, who also blogs for bookleteer. You can connect on our site with Giles Lane, director of Proboscis who developed the bookleeter app.

‘Zines’: will they survive the digital?

Recently I've been looking at ‘zines’, independent publications with small circulations, and how the way they are created and read is changing with the digital age.What happens to the hand-made aesthetic of zines when publication goes digital? And how much will this affect the valu...

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See how our drivers work in action

Understanding how our drivers work

I found this diagram really helpful in understanding how our drivers relate, to each other and to any given organisation.

Your organisation sits within an 'operating environment' where changes are occuring which can clearly and directly impact on your work (eg shifts in funding, or government policies related to your field). Outside this is the wider 'external environment', a world of trends and events in the political, economic, social and technological spheres....

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Spotlight on technology

Today I’m bringing you four of the most interesting things I’ve read recently on technology and its impact. Social capital, cloud computing, future scenarios and current trends – it’s all in here.

NCVO’s fantastic work on social capital in 2003 and 2008 highlighted that whilst many voluntary and community organisations bring like-minded people together (create ‘bonding social capital’), fewer encourage greater social cohesion and promote community relationships across divides (create ‘b...

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Strategy and future uncertainty

This week I’ve read two interesting perspectives on planning and the future. Though very different, both pieces advocate greater exploration of uncertainty and looking further into the future when developing strategies.

In Dark Matter Futures, US futurist Frank Spencer makes a case for being open to unknown ideas and concepts, engaging in active exploration without committing to a single answer, and becoming comfortable with multiple possibilities when developing strategies. Why? Scientists adm...

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What will public sector consumers look like in 50 years?

I came across this presentation the other day on LinkedIn.

It was written in Autumn last year, so quite a lot has changed since then. But I thought it was a good presentation of how you can take different factors into consideration...and how you end up with strategic analysis thinking.

And given it was written over a year ago, it presages many of today's current concerns such as Big Society engagement and the changing relationship between consumers and the state. It also has interesting implicatio...

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2010 Spending review - what does it mean for you?

Welcome to NCVO Foresight's roundup of information and thinking on the spending review.

What might it mean for you?

This page has

  • Headline details of the cuts
  • Responses from the sector
  • Our key drivers to help you plan strategically
  • External support


Some thoughts on the spending review

This page has NCVO Sustainable Funding team's pithy analysis of what the spending review might mean for you.

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Some thoughts on the spending review

I thought this was a rather readable and useful piece from my colleagues over in the Sustainable Funding team. So with their permission, I have reproduced it here.


The long-awaited spending review is out and at a first glance the picture looks as opaque as ever, with front-line decisions still to be announced now the top-level budgets have been allocated. We’ve taken a look at the spending review and digested the main points and suggestions for action. We’ve tried not to duplicate analysi...

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