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
Addressing short-term politics
Simon Caney: Democratic Reform, Intergenerational Justice and the Challenges of the Long-Term (Jul 2019)
BBC: Can we reinvent democracy for the long-term? (Mar 2019)
Centre for the Study of Existential Risk: Rights and Representation of Future Generations in United Kingdom Policymaking (May 2017)
Welsh Wellbeing of Future Generations Act
The Guardian: Meet the world's first 'minister for future generations' (Mar 2019)
BBC: What has the Future Generations Act done for Wales? (May 2018)