Psychology and Technology for Police Futures
IAF President Jonathan Peck conducted a one-day workshop for the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) at Command College for the Center for Leadership Development in March 2010 in Folsom, California. Mr. Peck addressed the role of MBTI personality type in policing and in leadership and provided an introduction to thinking about the future using scenarios.
Cyberdemocracy, Equity and Sustainable Development
At the International Risk Assessment and Horizon Scanning Symposium (IRAHSS) 2010 in Singapore, IAF founder Clem Bezold presented on recent and future advances in information and communications infrastructure and applications. These trends are moving forward, albeit more slowly during the economic downturn, and provide a backdrop for enhanced political participation – both organized and informal. The internet, mobile communication, social media, networks and networking, personal coaches/avatar use, polling, games and simulations, news, editorial opinion/blogs, and personal information gathering are evolving rapidly. These advances and their use will affect how people participate and influence policy making and elections. Simultaneously and globally there are growing calls for sustainability and equity. This is taking many forms, such as the creation of the Millennium Development Goals, corporate social responsibility, the ISO 26000 Social Responsibility Guideline, and the UN Global Compact, as well as the emerging health equity and pro-poor foresight movements. Society is changing its mind, as it did with slavery, women’s rights, and the environment. Each of these areas remains at least partially unfinished, but there has been great movement on each of them. Sustainability and equity, including health equity and poverty, will be among the next causes that define “the next civil rights movement.” There will be reversals and backslides in this movement, as in the case of climate change, which will place disproportionate burdens on the poor. But the movement toward sustainability and equity will grow. Cyberdemocracy-enhanced political participation will ultimately support this “next civil rights movement.”