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Time to Make The Numbers Count

Martin Rees | Posted 12.22.2013 | Impact
Martin Rees

Without reliable performance indicators, the effectiveness of governments and international organisations cannot be measured and it is impossible to create the right incentives for improvement.

The Future Is Now

Nandan Nilekani | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Nandan Nilekani

The stable economy where people had a job for life is over; the future is more unpredictable than ever, and it makes our rear-view based perception of the world something we must question. We can no longer build for yesterday.

The Danger of Sleepwalking Towards Environmental Crises

Julia Marton-Lefèvre | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Julia Marton-Lefèvre

Despite well-documented and clear evidence, leaders the world over still seem to think that future generations will find a solution to the environmental crises that this generation seems determine to store up as its lasting legacy.

Good Governance Built to Last

Dr. Mo Ibrahim | Posted 12.19.2013 | Impact
Dr. Mo Ibrahim

Governance has been at the heart of the work of the Oxford Martin Commission for Future Generations and is a clear focus in its report, Now for the Long Term. We need governance to ensure that resources are well-managed, growth is sustainable and that poverty can be reduced.

Progress Beyond Prizes

Peter Piot | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Peter Piot

We need to draw lessons and inspiration from these achievements, but also be realistic that infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis cannot be consigned to the past. They remain a significant threat, particularly in today's mobile, interconnected and urbanised world.

Time For Business to Shift Focus to The Long Term

Ian Goldin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Ian Goldin

The growing financial debt, rising carbon emissions, dwindling natural resources and the escalating burden of chronic disease all have the potential to leave unsolvable problems for the next generation if we fail to act on the scientific bases that show clearly the difficulties we are storing up.

Overcoming Gridlock in Modern Politics

Pascal Lamy | Posted 12.16.2013 | Impact
Pascal Lamy

Uncertainty about the future, the never-ending immediacy of daily pressures and the rapidity of change in today's society make it easier to rationalise living in the eternal present. Changing course towards the longer term requires society to devote sustained attention to the transformational changes which will characterise our lifetimes and shape the future for the next generations.