Deputy Presiding Officer Liam McArthur MSP joins Professor A.C. Grayling CBE, one of the UK’s most prolific philosophers and authors, in conversation to discuss Professor Grayling’s timely book, For the Good of the World: Is Global Agreement on Global Challenges Possible?

Professor Grayling discusses the three most urgent challenges facing the world today: climate change, technology and justice. 

As Master of the New College of the Humanities, and an author of over 30 books, he dissects both the threats and the inspiring solutions. Can human beings collectively agree on a set of values to save the planet from extinction?

This event was recorded live at the Scottish Parliament in August.

What happens when decisions made by artificial intelligence (AI) don’t work as intended?

Who is accountable, and how are they held accountable? 

In this podcast from the Scotland's Futures Forum, Richard Leonard MSP chaired a seminar with Professor Subramanian (Ram) Ramamoorthy, Chair of Robot Learning and Autonomy in the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh, and Professor Shannon Vallor, Baillie Gifford Chair in the Ethics of Data and AI at the Edinburgh Futures Institute (EFI) at the University of Edinburgh.

You can find out more about the event at

How will Artificial Intelligence affect our lives? How should we respond?


In conjunction with Reform Scotland, the Futures Forum held a seminar with writer and journalist Tom Chivers to discuss how artificial intelligence is developing and changing our lives and the way we should approach it as citizens and how the Scottish Parliament can respond as a legislature.


Tom worked for the Daily Telegraph from 2007 to 2014, and was a science writer at BuzzFeed UK from 2015 to 2018. He has received several awards for his journalism, including the ‘Explaining the facts’ category in the Royal Statistical Society’s Statistical Excellence in Journalism awards, and he is the author of the recent book “The AI Does Not Hate You”.


Find out more on the Scotland's Futures Forum website.

What role is there for communities in the regeneration of urban Scotland?

Life in Scotland’s towns and cities is forecast to change significantly in the coming decades. Cities are set to continue to grow, facing the challenge of providing housing and services for new populations, while the role and place of towns in Scotland remains uncertain.

Join Andy Milne, chief executive of Scotland’s Regeneration Forum (SURF), Jemma Neville of the Voluntary Arts Scotland, and Andrew Bowman Head of Business Investment and Operations at Riverside Inverclyde.

You can find out more on the Scotland's Futures Forum website.

Join former GB Fed Cup captain Judy Murray as she reflects on her experience at the elite levels of tennis, the lessons she’s learned and her aspirations for the future of sport and physical activity in Scotland.

Chaired by Alison Johnstone MSP, Co-Convener of the Cross-Party Group on Sport

Find out more on the Scotland's Futures Forum website.

What role can sport play in building an inclusive society? Join Homeless World Cup winning coach David Duke as he reflects on his journey from homelessness to being the founder and chief executive of social enterprise Street Soccer.


Chaired by James Dornan MSP, Convener of the Local Government and Communities Committee.


Find out more on the Scotland's Futures Forum website.



How can the Scottish Parliament best engage with citizens in a digital age? First we chat with Professor Cristina Leston Bandeira, a member of the House of Commons Speaker’s Digital Democracy Commission, then we move onto a roundtable discussion with the Professor and the Scottish Government’s Digital Engagement Manager Chris Connolly as they explore the opportunities available to Scotland.

You can read more about the work of the Speaker’s Digital Democracy Commission on their website, or you can read more about the The Scottish Government’s digital engagement work on their blog

Chaired by Angus MacDonald MSP, Deputy Convener of the Public Petitions Committee.

Find out more on the Scotland's Futures Forum website.

How can Scotland develop a shared vision for the future of its rural areas, managing the delicate balancing act between community development and conservation?

Join an expert panel, including Megan MacInnes, Scottish Land Commissioner; Vicki Swales from Scottish Environment; Calum MacLeod from Community Land Scotland; and Jack Norquoy MSYP for Orkney, to explore the potential futures ahead of us and consider what we want for 2030.

Chaired by Claudia Beamish MSP, Scotland’s Futures Forum director.

For more information, visit the Scotland's Futures Forum website.

Ahead of the World Cup this summer, the Scotland Women’s National Football Team head coach Shelley Kerr shared the lessons she’s learned through sport, and described her vision for the long-term future of women’s football in Scotland.

Chaired by Rt Hon Ken Macintosh MSP, Presiding Officer and Futures Forum Chair

You can find out more on the Scotland's Futures Forum website.

Scotland's Futures Forum continues its spring 2019 programme of events with a discussion this evening on the idea of a citizen’s income, featuring new research and an expert perspective from Finland.

With predictions of social and economic upheaval brought about by technological and environmental change, could a citizen’s income reduce poverty and increase people’s control over their lives? Using new research from Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt Universities and a view from the Finnish basic income experiment, this event looked at whether citizen’s income is a realistic and affordable solution for the future.

You can find out more at The Citizen's Income event web page on the Scotland's Futures Forum website.

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