Here are links to some recent reports of mine. Lower down are some older blogs (many of my other blogs pre-2020 can be found here on Nesta's website - on dozens of topics ranging from technology to knowledge, politics and social change).
EXPLORATORY SOCIAL SCIENCE
I wrote a report for the New Institute in Hamburg on exploratory social science, making the case for it and suggesting the methods it could use. The report can be downloaded here. This was also the theme of my annual lecture for the Academy of Social Sciences in June 2022 which can be seen here.
ANTICIPATORY PUBLIC BUDGETING
A report (commissioned by the UAE) on how to reform public finance to better cope with the challenges of the 2020s. It argues that finance has fallen behind, with many methods ill-suited to long-term goals and failing to link spending to impact, or to make use of data. It proposes various remedies. To read the report click here.
I wrote this piece about synthesis - in response to conversations with many governments which were struggling to synthesise inputs around infections, hospitals, with economic issues, mental health and much more. Few could articulate how they did this and the science advice literature - and practice - wasn't much help either. So here I offer both diagnosis and prescription. The full piece can be found here. Nature also ran a shorter piece on the topic.
A report (prepard for Finland) on how governments can best steer their societies, for example to achieve net zero goals. To read the report click here.
A report for UCL/STEaPP on how systems can think and act more intelligently. To read the report click here.
WISDOM AS A LOOP
A report on wisdom - how to understand it, how to promote and how to build it into institutions and technologies. To read the report click here.
COLLECTIVE INTELLIGENCE AND THE SDGS
A co-authored report for the UNDP on use of collective intelligence methods in development and in particular looking at combinations of artificial and collective intelligence. To read the report click here.