Futures Council

With the world changing so fast we need a Futures Council or Panel of people who take the long view, without direct political involvement. The Government has chief scientists and foresight projects to examine important public policy issue where science might be part of the solution or potential applications and technologies are yet to be realised (https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/foresight-projects), which are currently looking at the future of aging and the future of cities. It would be worth putting this function into the constitution, as a way of providing independent long-term scrutiny of proposals which come before Parliament. It should only be able to comment and make recommendations, not vote. Criteria for membership of the council would be long experience and insight in a wide range of disciplines, but it should also include young people, perhaps chosen at random from the Youth Parliament. It would be appointed through an open public process, to which anyone could apply or nominate someone.

Two examples of bodies like this are:

1) The World Future Council consists of 50 eminent global change-makers from governments, parliaments, civil society, academia, the arts and business. We work to pass on a healthy planet and just societies to our children and grandchildren with a focus on identifying and spreading effective, future-just policy solutions. http://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/

2) The Elders is an independent group of global leaders who work together for peace and human rights. They were brought together in 2007 by Nelson Mandela and are chaired by Kofi Annan, See http://theelders.org/

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