Wales is often held up as an exemplar of innovation on sustainable development, in which the promotion of well-being and future generations is the latest development. The Well-being of Future Generations Act 2015 signals a shift in public policy towards those yet to be born and is accompanied by institutional innovation in the form of a Commissioner of Future Generations and Public Service Boards to better represent the needs of future generations. The recent work of the Wales Audit Office and Future Generations Commissioner highlights the gains that have been made in planning for the longer term but also the very real challenges in futures-oriented decision making. Two of the most important difficulties faced by the public sector in planning for future generations are:

1. Thinking of future generations rather than simply the future of current generations, and

2. Formulating models of development that can challenge current trajectories. The typical assumption is that future generations will be better off because over time the economy will grow and so their well-being will improve.

The current Covid-19 crisis could further accentuate both problems as attention focuses on shorter term time horizons and reproduces existing development practices. It will, therefore, be timely to provide a setting in which there is an opportunity to recast thinking.


Prof Andrew Flynn, Dr Alan Netherwood, Prof Kevin Morgan, Cardiff University

Deborah Hardoon, Head of Evidence and Analysis, What Works Centre for Wellbeing

Prof Rhys Jones, Dept of Geography and Earth Sciences, Aberystwyth Uni

Jane Davidson, PVC Emeritus, Uni of Wales Trinity St David

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