Note — Apr 11, 2021

Policy Futures and a Politics of Care

Seen in → No.168

Source → hefp.substack.com/p/policy-futures-and-a-politi...

This one by Richard Sandford is perhaps a bit more in the policy weeds than usual for me but I wanted to include it for the excellent intersection it puts forth. Seeing futures as the present of coming generations, not as an extension of our present, and using heritage “to think about previous generations and what they have to contribute to policy,” so as to bring practitioners “to think intergenerationally in all directions.”

In considering future generations alongside present generations we do two things. We make a shift from seeing the future as a resource to exploit or colonise, to understanding that we have an ethical responsibility to it and the people there. And we decentre our present, making our thinking less concerned with projecting forward from now, and more concerned with imagining multiple presents, ours and our descendants’. […]

[R]ather than attempting to use technologies of prediction to chase an illusion of control, we need to develop a politics of care that is able to move away from brittle, market-led notions of responsibility and citizenship, towards a more convivial, deliberative, inclusive way of facing uncertainty, and recognising the hope and possibility it contains.