BACK TO THE FUTURE: representing the coming generations



In this episode:

When they go short-term, we go long-term… This week we’re talking about how to represent the needs of future generations in decision-making. Sophie Howe, Future Generations Commissioner for Wales, tells us about her job and what the rest of the world can learn from it. Then policy wonks Laurie Laybourn-Langton and Andrea Westall discuss the causes of short-termism in politics, its impact on key issues such as the environmental emergency and how to design new institutions to overcome it.

 And legal eagle Lord Falconer is here to chat about what on earth happened in the Supreme Court last week and what the judgement says about Britain’s unwritten constitution.


Sophie Howe (@sophiehowe), Future Generations Commissioner for Wales

Laurie Laybourn-Langton (@Laurie_L_L), Associate Fellow at IPPR

Andrea Westall, trustee of the Foundation for Democracy and Sustainable Development

Lord Falconer (@LordCFalconer), Labour peer & former Lord Chancellor

More info

Addressing short-term politics

Welsh Wellbeing of Future Generations Act


Joel Pearce