Reflections from the Global Solutions Program experience where centre staff ran a series of lectures, workshops and group works on how sustainability and emerging technologies and entrepreneurship can generate transformative change.
Every year, participants from a wide diversity of backgrounds, geographies, perspectives and expertise gather in the NASA Research Park in Mountain View, Silicon Valley for a 10-week immersive hands-on experience. Hosted by the Global Solutions Program at Singularity University, the participants are introduced to the world of exponential technologies in their quest to solve the world’s greatest challenges.
Stockholm Resilience Centre serves as an impact partner of GSP and Singularity University by mentoring the participants in designing innovative sustainable solutions for global transformation. In return, Singularity University provides centre researchers with valuable insights into emerging technologies at Silicon Valley.
During the 10-week experience in June 2017 centre researchers Avit K. Bhowmik, Lisen Schultz, Per Olsson and Owen Gaffney (director of international media and strategy) ran a series of lectures, workshops and group works on how sustainability and emerging technologies and entrepreneurship can generate transformative change.
Owen Gaffney provied an introduction to how the state of the Earth has gone from an incredibly stable Holocene state to the human dominated unstable Anthropocene. He outlined the risks of transgressing planetary boundaries and of global warming beyond the Paris Agreement.
Avit K. Bhowmik followed up by leading a discussion on the risks associate with the Anthropocene, particularly how global environmental changes are triggering and amplifying conflicts, migrations and epidemic diseases. Offering a range of solutions and technologies to mitigate climate problems, Bhowmik introduced a framework for scaling transformations and climate solutions.
Lisen Schultz and Sara Öhrvall, a Swedish a senior advisor, speaker, columnist and maker of things” organised a joint session on biosphere stewardship and emerging technological solutions for sustainability.
Per Olsson and Fredrik Wikholm, a Swedish entrepreneur based in New York, organised a joint session on innovation, transformation and sustainable entrepreneurship. Per’s lecture was focused on innovation as a nudge for social transformation.
All sessions also included group work for participants to ponder about effective biosphere stewardship and sustainability transformation.
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