National Strategy for the Next Generations

The National Strategy for the Next Generations programme was launched in May 2020 jointly by SOIF (the School of International Futures) and KCL’s Centre for Grand Strategy.  The programme explores how nations (and in particular, the UK at this critical juncture in its history, and with the Integrated Review underway) can develop national strategies that are fit for the next generations, not just the world of today.

“We must put the interests, wellbeing, and even the rights of future generations of citizens front and centre of long-term national planning – using the tools of foresight, applied history and public participation (or citizen engagement).”

Through the NSxNG network and forthcoming programme of activities, we aim not just to influence the UK Government, but also to contribute to a wider national debate about the UK’s future role in the world.

Take part in the NSxNG survey

Share your views on the future role of the UK and how national strategy can be done differently.

We are seeking inputs from all ages, backgrounds and expertise. Hearing younger and less-represented voices is a particular priority.

Survey closes Sunday, 13 September.

What is a
‘National Strategy
for the Next
Generations’?

Read this document for an overview of what we are trying to achieve with this programme.


The UK Government is currently working on an Integrated Review to create a new National Strategy for the UK. They have invited Agora and SOIF to get young people’s vision of what the UK’s role should be in the world towards 2045.

We want to make the voices of a young and diverse UK heard to create a future-focused National Strategy. Join our interactive online workshops on Wednesday, 9 September and Monday, 14 September and share your vision for the future of the UK’s role in the world. Sign up to the workshops here: https://bit.ly/NSxNGWorkshops.

Our case

We need a new approach to designing a long-term, outward-facing national strategy for the UK. A strategy that actively designs in the needs, wellbeing and interests of future generations. We believe that governments have a responsibility to develop national strategies in a way that:

  • Represents the interests of future generations
  • Is participative, and supports citizens to have a voice in national futures
  • Builds a more meaningful, united and plausible national narrative
  • Draws on past, present and future insights

With the Integrated Review underway, and in the context of both post-Brexit reorientation and the post-COVID 19 recovery, the UK Government should look again at how to ‘do’ national strategy better. 

Concept note

This document sets out the basis for a NSXNG approach to national strategy

The context

The shaping of national strategy (or ‘grand strategy’) has traditionally been the domain of government elites – top-down and ‘behind closed doors’. But that is starting to change.

The last decade has seen a growing interest in more forward-leaning government administrations (from Wales to Singapore) in giving people a say in the future that their children or grandchildren will inherit.

Citizens are asked their views about the future, both in terms of desired outcomes (visions) and the key trends, challenges and strategic choices the country will face. 

Our aim is to bring these approaches to the making of “grand strategy”. We will explore the past, present and future national security context for the UK, and the hopes and fears of the 2045 generation, to inform a renewed vision, narrative and policy options for the UK’s long-term role in the world.

NSXNG launch event, May 2020.

Read the presentation from our launch event, which introduces our approach and draft programme of work

NSxNG Workshop, 9 September 2020

Lord Peter Ricketts at our SOIF / Agora workshop on the UK’s future role in the world.

The network

We are building a network of those who can align behind this approach. Momentum has been fast to build. The network’s 100+ existing members work across national security, national strategy, future generations, systems thinking, foresight, technology, participation and deliberation. Core partners, who will deliver the programme, are part of this wider group.

More information coming soon.

To indicate interest in joining the network add your details below. To find out more, contact Sophie Middlemiss (sophie@soif.org.uk)  

Partners

Our partners on delivery of the NSxNG programme include:

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