SNF CoLab: Imagine a Better World
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Chatham House is built on big ideas. Help us imagine a better world.
Our researchers develop positive solutions to global challenges, working with governments, charities, businesses and society to build a better future. 
SNF CoLab is our project to share our ideas with you in experimental, collaborative ways - and to learn how you think we can design a better future, overcoming challenges like fake news, COVID-19, food security and conflict.
Watch our videos on these topics below and explore our related content, to discover our ideas and imagine your own solutions.
You are never too young to lead, you are never too old to learn.
Kofi Annan, UN Secretary General, 1997-2006
Imagine a world of sustainable cities
What will central London look like in 100 years? Our 3D digital model allows you to discover a future of positive change. Explore the model and join the conversation about the changes you want to see in your urban world.
Explore Futurescape London
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What will central London look like in 100 years?
Chatham House’s 3D digital model allows the public to explore a future of positive change.
14 APRIL 2021 2 MINUTE READ
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A journey into London’s future shows a better world
The Futurescape initiative aims to help urban dwellers prepare for a more sustainable future, showing there are many paths to achieving the desired outcomes.
14 APRIL 2021 3 MINUTE READ
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Tackling toxic air pollution in cities
Watch an expert panel discuss the evidence linking air pollution and cancer rates in London and other major cities.
Imagine a world without fake news
The flow of fake news is vast and unlikely to go away. What’s more, imagining a world where fake news is eradicated completely has implications for freedom of expression. But what if, instead of wishing fake news away, we can adapt and become immune to it? Harriet and Mathieu explain how we can avoid drowning in an ocean of fake news and information manipulation.
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Regulating Big Tech: Lessons from COVID-19
COVID-19 demonstrates the potential power of tech companies as a force for good, but also that they have largely devised their own rules in vacuums of both standards and accountability. A new digital deal is both essential and inevitable.
10 JUNE 2020 3 MINUTE READ
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Trump vs Twitter: A Battle Over Free Speech?
The recent stand-off may be more about dominating Big Tech than protecting freedom of expression.
9 JUNE 2020 3 MINUTE READ
EXPERT COMMENT
Temptations Abound as COVID-19 Drives Need for Private Data
Contact tracing apps highlight the importance of combining both technical privacy fixes and a grounding in the international human rights framework.
15 MAY 2020 3 MINUTE READ
Imagine a world where we prevent pandemics
Imagining a world where we can prevent pandemics is an ambitious yet achievable aspiration, according to David and Emma. Find out what it will take, and learn more about our relationship with the animal kingdom and why David likes to talk about a ‘Swiss cheese event’.
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COVID-19 Teaches Resilience and the ‘Vulnerability Paradox’
Humility from decision-makers, building trust in leaders and institutions, and learning from international experience are critical if countries are to better prepare for the next global crisis.
7 AUGUST 2020 3 MINUTE READ
EXPERT COMMENT
Supporting NHS Cybersecurity During COVID-19 is Vital
The current crisis is an opportunity for the UK government to show agility in how it deals with cyber threats and how it cooperates with the private sector in creating cyber resilience.
2 APRIL 2020 2 MINUTE READ
EXPERT COMMENT
Let's Emerge From COVID-19 with Stronger Health Systems
Heads of state should grasp the opportunity to become universal health heroes to strengthen global health security
26 MARCH 2020 2 MINUTE READ
Imagine a world where we pay the true cost of food
Paying the true cost of food isn’t about paying more for our groceries, it’s about changing the way we produce, distribute and consume food. A shift away from practices that have huge costs both for our personal health and for the environment is urgently needed. Laura and Ana explain why a healthy diet will lead to a healthy planet.
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Accelerating Innovation in Food Systems Needs Transparency and Dialogue
Innovation requires a high failure rate so, while many new technologies may fail, investment in development, testing and social acceptability is crucial to the future of our food systems.
18 MAY 2020 2 MINUTE READ
EXPERT COMMENT
Privileging Local Food is Flawed Solution to Reduce Emissions
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought food security and food imports to the forefront again. Some fear that the crisis could quickly strain global food supply chains as countries adopt new trade restrictions to avoid domestic food shortages.
23 APRIL 2020 2 MINUTE READ
INTERVIEW
Managing Global Food Insecurity
Carmel Cahill talks to Gitika Bhardwaj about how conflict, economic crisis, climate change and trade disputes have the potential to disrupt the global food system.
7 JANUARY 2019 4 MINUTE READ
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Imagine a world without violent conflict
At the heart of violent conflict is our inability to manage non-violent conflict. Patricia and Champa explain what we can do to curb escalation and why we need a new way to talk about women in conflict. Imagining a world without conflict is possible, but it’s a world in which constant vigilance is needed.
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Rage Against the Algorithm: the Risks of Overestimating Military Artificial Intelligence
Increasing dependency on artificial intelligence (AI) for military technologies is inevitable and efforts to develop these technologies to use in the battlefield is proceeding apace, however, developers and end-users must ensure the reliability of these technologies, writes Yasmin Afina.
27 AUGUST 2020 3 MINUTE READ
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20 Years Promoting Women in Peace and Security
In a series exploring women in international affairs, Dr Joan Johnson-Freese speaks to Gitika Bhardwaj about the women in peace and security agenda, 20 years since its adoption, and how far women’s inclusion in space security is being considered, 50 years since women helped men take their first steps on the moon.
6 MARCH 2020 11 MINUTE READ
Imagine a world of radical design
The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated existing global challenges relating to poverty, health, the climate emergency, social and economic inequality and the transformation of work.
We’ve teamed up with the London Design Biennale to launch Design in an Age of Crisis, which encourages budding young designers to find radical and rapid responses to problems facing humanity, today and tomorrow.
View the gallery of projects on the
London Design Biennale site
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"Pop-up ecosystems" by MuDD Architects + AirLab - one of the submission to Design in an Age of Crisis.
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Redesigning work
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FEBRUARY 2021 — 1:00PM TO 2:00PM
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Redesigning health
26
JANUARY 2021 — 1:00PM TO 2:00PM
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Design in an Age of Crisis Launches
Design open call receives 500 submissions from over 50 countries across six continents.
14 JANUARY 2021 4 MINUTE READ
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