The future of innovation, networks and prosperity
I have been invited to contribute to the World Economic Forum as a speaker and rapporteur on innovation, network (data) science, social impact and prosperity. I have also facilitated workshops at the World Economic Forum's headquarters and in China as part of community programs that were hosted before and during official Forum annual meetings.
Shaping Davos was a global initiative of the World Economic Forum to connect twenty selected cities with the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting, Switzerland, through local events that fed and extended the conversations initiated in Davos.
Shaping Davos took place twice at Stanford in 2015 and 2016. As the Chair of both editions, I created a Committee to gather thought leaders from the Silicon Valley and San Francisco Bay Area to discuss local, regional, industry and global agendas.
The initiative consisted of panels and design thinking workshops aimed at identifying solutions to problems faced by selected local companies and non-profit organizations. For example, the participants mapped ecosystems and designed solutions for Wikipedia, Street Code Academy, and Food Shift, among other organizations and technology companies. One of the panels was live-streamed from Stanford and Davos connecting speakers and attendees in both locations.
Engaging Tomorrow's Consumers
How can companies engage consumers to trigger simple behavioral shifts that enable more sustainable lifestyles, grow demand for more sustainable products and create business value?
I was invited to contribute to this project as one of the Global Shapers Sustainability Champions. Our inputs fed the project team's work with the members of the Global Agenda Council for Sustainable Consumption and other leaders from around the world.
The Future Role of Civil Society
The Future Role of Civil Society project was launched with the desire to explore the rapidly evolving space in which civil society actors operate. The project focused on two central questions: What might the contextual environment for civil society look like in 2030? How might models of engagement for civil society, business, government and international organizations evolve in these new contexts?
I was invited to contribute to this project as part of a high-level group of leaders from different sectors and industries around the world. The project identified four different future scenarios and related driving forces, which you can learn about in this report presented in Davos.