On July 2nd, the Bertelsmann Stiftung and Future Challenges hosted our first Future Day event, with support from the Rockefeller Foundation. The aim of the day was to debate and prepare for the biggest challenges that we are facing as a global community.
To see an overview of the day, view the video below.
The morning sessions consisted of talks by Andreas Esche, Jonathan Stevens, Ole Wintermann, and Jan Arpe from the Bertelsmann Stiftung, as well as talks by Dennis Snower, President of the Kiel Institute for the World Economy and Jack Goldstone, author of the demographics chapter in the Megatrends in Global Interaction book and Director of the Center for Global Policy at George Mason University.
The talks focused on the two megatrends economic globalization and demographic change. The speakers also held a question and answer session with the audience, which was a prelude to the afternoon’s discussion sessions.
Our FutureChallenges.org Regional Editors then told stories from their regions about the future challenges they anticipate. During the lunch break, we discussed the outcomes of the morning sessions with the Regional Editors.
In the afternoon sessions, our participants broke into three smaller groups to discuss the challenges and solutions for younger, expanding populations, the challenges and solutions for older, contracting populations, and areas of cooperation between the developing and developed worlds. Our Regional Editors led these discussions.
Over the course of the afternoon discussions, participants were encouraged to write their “napkin pitch” ideas and solutions on Future Challenges coasters.
As an example, the solutions on this coaster include:
-Universal health coverage (access to basic health services) should be a universal human right (policy)
-Widespread adoption of new (less expensive), health business models (private sector)
-Advocating for common standards regarding provision of health services (watchdog role for civil society)”
All of the coasters have been photographed and compiled in a “Solution Gallery”, which is available here.
We are glad to have the opportunity to come together at this event to discuss important issues that will affect our future and the ways in which we can influence events to create a positive and sustainable future society. Themes from the day’s discussions will feature in future blog posts, and we will continue to explore how we can creatively think about solutions to future challenges. Thanks to all who attended!
*Photo credit: all pictures in this post taken by Anneliese Guess on July 2nd, 2012