After unheralded growth, the world is bumping up against its limits. Widespread affluence and urbanization have enriched many. But the rising tide also strains resources—the food and water that nourish our farms and families; the land on which our homes and cities sits; the road and sky byways for delivery of goods and ideas; the trees and roots that help keep our air and water pure.
We face an inflection point—and a brilliant opportunity to shift that trajectory. Medical breakthroughs, sustainable building materials, evolving micro-financing models, expanding data resources, and innovative ways of working, communicating and governing are a few advances that can bring transformational change—if linked and leveraged.
The "Visionaries Unbound" event series aims to do just that. Four events focusing on cities, ecosystems, healthcare and livelihoods will spark new ideas and action by cross-pollinating expert insight. Leaders in business, government, academia and non-governmental organizations will gather to identify innovative solutions for a more resilient, equitable and socially inclusive world. Proposals will be grounded in real trends and projections, address obstacles and be future-oriented and actionable.
Please join us online on this journey.
The series is funded and hosted by the Rockefeller Foundation, and is organised with the participation of The Economist Intelligence Unit.
Transforming Cities »
Cities are hotbeds of innovation and opportunity—and rife with problems. As the global population tilts further toward cities, stretched plumbing, power and road networks fall short. Epidemics, blackouts, clogged roadways, polluted skies and unrest often follow. The “Transforming Cities” event sought to identify enduring urban solutions.
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- Revaluing Ecosystems »
Advancing Health / Planetary Health »
Despite many medical breakthroughs, health problems persist globally. Causes vary, from food insecurity to poor nutrition to aging to disease. “Advancing Health” seeks to identify innovative approaches that can be tapped by individuals, communities and governments to improve health, in the areas of agriculture, waste management, clean water and resilient healthcare systems.
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Securing Livelihoods »
Globalization and micro-financing have boosted prosperity globally. But though outsourcing has improved lives in previously impoverished countries, informal and underpaid work persists as joblessness and wealth gaps grow in wealthier countries. “Securing livelihoods” brings together experts to help spur employment and small business creation, safety nets and broader economic inclusion.
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