As part of our larger efforts to raise awareness of the importance of RAHS, we hosted an International Risk Assessment and Horizon Scanning Symposium on 19 and 20 March 2007 in Singapore. There was an impressive line-up of speakers and various concepts, technologies and practices (in government, in the private sector and across different domains) related to RAHS were discussed. For example, the delegates at the symposium exchanged views on the “wisdom of crowds” and the practical applications and usefulness of predictive markets. We also demonstrated Singapore’s approach to RAHS as one useful way of thinking about the future, and as a whole of government model or paradigm to strategic planning.
A conference report, which includes the ideas and perspectives of key note speakers James Surowiecki (author of “The Wisdom of Crowds”) and Jaron Lanier (known for his pioneering work on Virtual Reality), and the other 19 international speakers at the symposium, is available. Other highlights included a technology showcase that featured 12 local and international companies including IBM, HP and Microsoft. Much interest has been generated in future collaboration with Singapore’s RAHS Experimentation Centre, which will be operational in August 2007. For a start, experiments will focus on the application of RAHS in maritime security. As well as its social and economic applications in Operations Other Than War.
We need to maintain momentum after the international symposium and, to achieve this, we have planned a series of workshops that will expand on / address specific issues connected to RAHS (for example, networked government, resilience, pandemic surveillance and futures studies). We hope for concrete programmes to emerge from these workshops, and for these workshops to help us define the areas of coverage for the future development of RAHS in Singapore.