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Main Theme: Setting New Social Defaults
Social Defaults refers to a system in which all members of society have automatic access to food, health care, education and livelihoods. It is organized around providing equal access to basic necessities and services, and the end goal is improved health and financial outcomes.
We live in an era where the tools to create shared prosperity and a decent quality of life for everyone exist; but means to ensure that this actually happens do not. Can quality of life become a human right with social defaults that ensure physical and mental well-being? What are the choices that we must make today to ensure this?
These are complex questions with no easy answers. But it is imperative that we answer them before it is too late for our future generations. This is why we are bringing together 800 carefully curated entrepreneurs, innovators, investors, corporates, academics, policy makers, and other thought-leaders from around the world to work together at the Sankalp Global Summit 2017 to learn, create, and make progress.
Can we embrace a future of work that has no jobs?
Driven by the acceleration of connectivity and cognitive technology, the nature of work is changing. As Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems, robotics, and cognitive tools grow in sophistication, almost every job is being reinvented, creating what many call the “augmented workforce.” In fact, it’s possible to envision a future where the drudgery of work disappears and an age of leisure becomes possible for all.
However there are significant challenges to overcome before that future becomes a reality. This track will explore how to solve for the impending unemployment crisis while imagining and preparing for an audacious future that may not require work.
Can we feed the planet without destroying it?
“Without food, people have only three options - they riot, emigrate, or die,” Josette Sheeran, President and CEO of the Asia Society, stated during a recent speech, projecting what a future with more people and not enough food might portend. The act of feeding the global population puts more stress on the planet than any other activity. Now, imagine a planet with 10 billion.
As diets shift to be more resource intensive and populations grow, we’re running out of resources to feed ourselves sustainably...and the people that grow our food are giving up their livelihoods to migrate to cities. What does the future hold? Human history is a story of triumphs of ingenuity in how food is grown, processed, and distributed. This track will explore how we can pivot from an era of scarcity to era of abundance.
How do we design a health economy that prioritises well being for all?
Over 44% of WHO Member States report to have less than 1 physician per 1000 population. Health care systems around the world are stressed and unable to keep up with the growing demand. The high cost of care on one side and the growing and aging population, with an increasingly unhealthy lifestyle and unfavorable environmental conditions on the other, are sure to increase this pressure.
World over, health care providers and governments are struggling to find the balance between making progress and developing solutions to improve access, quality while controlling costs. We need to shift from the “break-fix” model of health care to one that is focused on prevention and overall wellbeing of populations rather than episodic and transaction based treatments.
Can a circular economy help us pay our ecological debts?
Consumption patterns across geographies and income levels have reached a point where linear growth models are no longer viable. Our planet cannot sustain. Our future depends on shifting to circular models of production while simultaneously moving away from a culture of consumption. Completely transitioning to a circular economy will be one of the biggest adaptive, creative & technological challenges of our time.
India’s informal economy has elements of circularity. How can we capitalize on this existing activity and move towards an economy that fosters new business models and supports job growth while maximizing resource efficiency and encouraging regeneration?