Past Meetup

Our geopolitical futures, with Alun Rhydderch

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Price: £7.00 /per person

Birkbeck College

Torrington Square WC1E 7HX · London

How to find us

We'll be in room 532, on the fifth floor

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Which scenarios for the future of geopolitics deserve most attention?

That question is always one of the most important ones to think about. It deserves even more attention in the turmoil of renewed political debate in the wake of the EU referendum discussion in the UK.

In this event, Alun Rhydderch, co-founder of the School of International Futures (SOIF), shares some of his key insights about trends and possibilities in the global political space.

About the School of International Futures:

The key to confident decision-making and successful strategy is the ability to imagine and plan for different future scenarios.

The School of International Futures (SOIF) is a not-for-profit institution created to support the use of Strategic Foresight by international policy officials, business leaders, analysts and activists. SOIF Consulting puts the School’s expertise and resources to work more widely, across the public and private sectors.

SOIF works with clients to:

• Scan their strategic horizon

• Analyse and address upcoming issues

• Assess and strengthen their Strategic foresight capability

• Create a real-world impact

For more details, see the SOIF website (

See also this (three minute) video (

About Alun Rhydderch:

Alun was part of the team that set up the UK’s Horizon Scanning Centre, which since 2005 has helped put analysis of future trends and scenario planning at the heart of the strategy process in UK government.

He managed projects for the Centre including the International Futures Project (2020 scenarios), World Trade: Possible Futures, and Technology and Innovation Futures, and designed and facilitated scenario workshops to inform the UK National Security Strategy.

Alun co-founded SOIF in 2012.

Meeting logistics:

2pm-4pm, Saturday 16th July 2016.

Venue: Room 532, Birkbeck College (, Torrington Square WC1E 7HX, London.

Room 532 is on the fifth floor in the main Birkbeck College building, in Torrington Square (which is a pedestrian-only square). Torrington Square is about 10 minutes walk from either Russell Square or Goodge St tube stations.

Coffee and other light refreshments can be purchased from the Costa Coffee shop in the reception area of the building, either ahead of or after the meeting.

The event will be followed by a chance to continue the discussion in a nearby pub - The Marlborough Arms (, 36 Torrington Place, London WC1E 7HJ.

Event hashtag:

#LonFut (

Covering meeting costs:

A small fee (£7) is payable to attend this meetup. This fee covers room hire costs. Please pay in advance, online, after you RSVP.

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