Andrew Curry

The Next Wave is my personal blog. I use it from time to time to write about drivers of change, trends, emerging issues, and other futures and scenarios topics. I work for the the School of International Futures in London. (Its blog is here).

I started as a financial journalist for BBC Radio 4’s Financial World Tonight, before moving to Channel 4 News during the 1980s. I still maintain an interest in digital media and in the notion of the creative economy.


Building the democratic local economy

The magazine Stir to Action, and the project that sits behind it, has been one of the most effective popularisers in the UK of the idea of community economics and community wealth building.

February 26, 2024

Kismet robot

The ‘vast uncertainty’ of AI and jobs

Autor is clear that the advent of AI has created greater uncertainty about the future of the labour market, and he isn’t necessarily optimistic. But it is right to underline the uncertainty. And, as he observes, a lot of these issues aren’t about technology. They’re about policy and politics.

February 20, 2024

Rally for a Just Transition

Planning for degrowth

So at one level, the choice we have is whether we manage growth down gently, and improve wellbeing outcomes at the same time, or just have it come crashing down around us.

January 22, 2024

Post Office building

Busy doing the wrong things

But: I suspect that the only way for the Post Office to regain trust is to do this: to become a mutual, with proper public objectives about serving our communities. To be a proper Guardian, in other words.

January 17, 2024

UK Post Office interior

Bullying your workers and ‘defending the brand’

It takes a certain type of corporate culture to keep on doing things in the face of mounting evidence that they are the wrong things to do. A corporate culture, in other words, with “no reasonable doubt”, in the memorable phrase of the management academic Charles Handy.

January 16, 2024

food report cover

Imagining the future of food in a net zero world

Earlier this year I worked with the UK Agri-foods for Net Zero Network (AFN for short) to help them develop a set of scenarios about the future of food production and consumption. The purpose of the scenarios was to stretch their thinking around the types of research that could help to accelerate the transition of the sector to Net Zero.

December 19, 2023

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