This is the first in a series of short talking head videos which I hope will capture the spirit of this website, as I ask people to tell me about their development dream – something they would love to see happen in the world or through their work. The views shared are very much personal ones (and don’t necessarily represent those of the organisations they work for). This one features John Brownlee who currently works at IDS.
For nearly five years up until September 2014 I had the pleasure of working at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), near Brighton UK. In my final few months I got to work with three great colleagues – John Brownlee, Nason Bimbe and Rachel Playforth, and with the help and input of a wide range of people in UK and Africa we did a study looking at the future of knowledge sharing in a digital age focussing on the Africa and developing countries. We used foresight methodologies and were guided by Alun Rhydderch of the School of International Futures. The approach let us imagine different futures and try to figure out what needed to be done to reach 2030 in an inclusive and equitable world where we could enjoy life. The results are a policy brief and evidence report available here: