All Futures is written by Andrew ‘Dee’ Harding.
I’m a public servant and researcher you could broadly call a geographer. I’ve developed forecasting algorithms for climate extremes and farming, conducted statistical assessments of Britain’s levels of equality, and advised on the ethics and likely impacts of new technologies: working across public policy, socio-economic impacts, and the hard sciences for the last decade and a half. In each case, I’ve specialised in finding risks, vulnerabilities, and opportunities to grasp the future. A map often changes the thing it represents, but I’m almost always working to make the unknown territory ahead of us a little bit better.
In my downtime I give talks about mathematicians who were also wizards, write for game design every now and then, play cello pretty badly, and produce portfolio-resistant art and design around arcane uses of the internet. I got paid to haunt the (German-speaking) internet one time.
My (Québécois) French is alright, but my German is extremely bad.
I’ve not had a proper blog of my own for a very long time. For the last 5 years I’ve either been contributing to institutional material, channeling that energy into rights-related work, or had my more interesting projects bound up in security issues. That’s about to change- I’m taking up a new role in the not-very-distant future that’s all about sharing, and being open, and collaborating with your peers, even in pretty stressful environments.
Honestly, I couldn’t be more thrilled.
Not just because I’m desperately looking forward to finally talking about work with my friends over a pint, but because that work lines up with my values in a spectacular way. I love being part of a team. I genuinely believe that most of the world’s modern and enduring problems can only be solved through co-operation. One of my favourite quotes of all time is the Margaret Mead one about a a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens. I love big-asks with no clear solution, and I love getting disparate people together to do good work and find surprising approaches. I’m also pretty fond of the fact that in 2021 my career has become more ridiculously on theme with William Gibson’s cyberpunk than I could ever have possibly predicted.
The new gig is very much a modern, enduring, digital problem. Very much with one of the best teams in the country. It’s inarguably ‘good work’ by any possible definition.
I’m not going to spoiler anyone just yet, but you can rest assured that when all the paperwork is filed and everything’s firmly on course I am not going to stop talking about it.
I am almost universally Not Good At Twitter, so if you want to get ahold of me and don't have my work details, the form below is for you. In addition to being the Open Tech lead for NHSX I occasionally take on a few hours a week for consulting on technically difficult projects. Please get in touch for:
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I publish all my scientific and policy work under Andrew, and all my art, writing and history stuff under Dee (which I prefer). You can use either, but please don't confuse me by using one for the other, or expect me to be world famous BBC foreign correspondent, Andrew Harding. I have never been to Eyl and he, to the best of my knowledge, doesn't have a doctorate.
Olympus EM-10, EP-2, and a lot of travel. Prints available on request.
I currently work at NHSX, helping develop the right governance regime for open source technology across our healthcare system.
Previous works include:
I'm also a reviewer for Climatic Change, a fellow at Newspeak House, a trustee for Conway Hall, a member of the Heads Of Horizon Scanning network, the Government Science and Engineering, and Geography professions and a board member for the upcoming Environmental Permit Data Service. I'm a UCL alum who's taught classes in Fortran and Geophysics at UEA, Climate Modelling at UoE, and Communicating Climate Change at McGill. I'm currently enrolled in the NHS Leadership Academy's Nye Bevan programme. My full CV can be found on LinkedIn.
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