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Agenda Concepts

This is your chance to tell the i20 event attendees what’s really important to you and where you think they should focus their energy. Help set the agenda for this milestone large-scale innovation forum. Formulate a question which will help them probe innovation and global challenges.

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Communities become resilient from within. Some of the best ideas for improving community life – health & well-being, social interaction, safety, etc can best conceptualised by the community itself. How can we support and encourage processes which provide voice, collaboration and creative thinking within local groups? That way resulting ideas are both relevant plus have local support and motivation.

Communities become resilient from within. Some of the best ideas for improving community life – health & well-being, social interaction, safety, etc can best conceptualised by the community itself. How can we support and encourage processes which provide voice, collaboration and creative thinking within local groups? That way resulting ideas are both relevant plus have local support and motivation.

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When natural disaster strikes there is always an immediate and immense global outpouring of medical aid, food, supplies and support.  Most times, this influx of aid is not accompanied by operational management and coordination through a centralized organization.  Too often this results in aid transportation bottle necks, disproportionate supply surpluses, misallocation of resources, distribution delays, etc.  All of this can put the most vulnerable disaster victims at greater risk and potentially cost more lives.  Is there a better way to coordinate the good will, resources and energy of the global community to more efficiently and effectively bring relief to the victims of disaster?

When natural disaster strikes there is always an immediate and immense global outpouring of medical aid, food, supplies and support. Most times, this influx of aid is not accompanied by operational management and coordination through a centralized organization. Too often this results in aid transportation bottle necks, disproportionate supply surpluses, misallocation of resources, distribution delays, etc. All of this can put the most vulnerable disaster victims at greater risk and potentially cost more lives. Is there a better way to coordinate the good will, resources and energy of the global community to more efficiently and effectively bring relief to the victims of disaster?

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Prepare yourself with this question: How would I "rebuild the world" to be environmentally sound, crops to be plentiful, homes to be available, disease to be eradicated?

It should come to no surprise that the issues we faced hundreds of years ago still exist today, considering we use a very traditional approach to dealing with them.  Our efforts should be ever changing to meet the ever changing troubles we, as a species, have faced.   My question to you is why haven't the worlds leaders given resource based economics a chance?  Many forms of literature are available to anyone interested in making this a reality.  Only looking through our proposal with an objective approach will you successfully collaborate into making this either (in your eyes) more realistic or more plausible.   Be aware that over a half a million members of The Zeitgeist Movement are already up in arms to make this plan a reality.  What say you?

Prepare yourself with this question: How would I "rebuild the world" to be environmentally sound, crops to be plentiful, homes to be available, disease to be eradicated? It should come to no surprise that the issues we faced hundreds of years ago still exist today, considering we use a very traditional approach to dealing with them. Our efforts should be ever changing to meet the ever changing troubles we, as a species, have faced. My question to you is why haven't the worlds leaders given resource based economics a chance? Many forms of literature are available to anyone interested in making this a reality. Only looking through our proposal with an objective approach will you successfully collaborate into making this either (in your eyes) more realistic or more plausible. Be aware that over a half a million members of The Zeitgeist Movement are already up in arms to make this plan a reality. What say you?

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How can we better enable the inclusion of those who are at risk of exclusion from our communities? Those most disadvantaged are frequently most likely to be locked out of the principal decision making forums involved in forming, shaping and evolving our communities.

How can we better enable the inclusion of those who are at risk of exclusion from our communities? Those most disadvantaged are frequently most likely to be locked out of the principal decision making forums involved in forming, shaping and evolving our communities.

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Studies show that GDP growth, after passing the point where basic needs are met, produces diminishing returns for our actual life satisfaction and happiness.  Other factors, like social relations, health, meaningful work, freedom, caring for others, etc. become far more important for our overall wellbeing. However, we often continue to chase the treadmill of economic growth, at the expense of these other critical things. How do we shift from a narrow focus on economic growth (Gross Domestic Product) to a holistic pursuit of genuine wellbeing (Gross National Happiness)?

Studies show that GDP growth, after passing the point where basic needs are met, produces diminishing returns for our actual life satisfaction and happiness. Other factors, like social relations, health, meaningful work, freedom, caring for others, etc. become far more important for our overall wellbeing. However, we often continue to chase the treadmill of economic growth, at the expense of these other critical things. How do we shift from a narrow focus on economic growth (Gross Domestic Product) to a holistic pursuit of genuine wellbeing (Gross National Happiness)?

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Please??
This may sound like a silly question but the stubborn refusal of the United States to officially adopt the Metric System as it's standard for weights and measures is the cause of huge amounts of global inefficiency.  The time is long overdue for the U.S. (and Burma and Liberia) to follow the lead of the rest of the world's 203 countries and use the Metric System.

Please?? This may sound like a silly question but the stubborn refusal of the United States to officially adopt the Metric System as it's standard for weights and measures is the cause of huge amounts of global inefficiency. The time is long overdue for the U.S. (and Burma and Liberia) to follow the lead of the rest of the world's 203 countries and use the Metric System.

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Fab Labs are a successful concept that can be “replicated” and rapidly deployed and used in conjunction with international idea centers that can leverage new concepts like crowdsourcing and encourage age old concepts like apprenticeships and skills training across the globe.

Design Tools
Circuits and Microcontrollers
Molding and Casting
Basic Machines
Advanced Machines
3D Printing and Scanning Machines

Fab Labs are a successful concept that can be “replicated” and rapidly deployed and used in conjunction with international idea centers that can leverage new concepts like crowdsourcing and encourage age old concepts like apprenticeships and skills training across the globe. Design Tools Circuits and Microcontrollers Molding and Casting Basic Machines Advanced Machines 3D Printing and Scanning Machines

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There have been many great concepts mentioned involving improving
educational resources, encouraging independence and fostering youth
empowerment on a global scale.

Focusing on digital learning opportunities like the Hole-in-the-Wall kiosks
and the Khan academy seem to be a great way to give children across the
world access to  education. However, what about taking it one step
further and addressing digital education for non English speakers.
Often, when children who have limited access to educational resources finally do get
their hands on reading material, it is not in their native language.  This
can be extremely frustrating and may slow their learning process or deter
them altogether. Enabling children to access digital learning tools in their
mother tongue will motivate early learners to gain literacy skills by making
them more relevant, and fostering the capacity to enrich their cultural
identity and strengthen their community.

There have been many great concepts mentioned involving improving educational resources, encouraging independence and fostering youth empowerment on a global scale. Focusing on digital learning opportunities like the Hole-in-the-Wall kiosks and the Khan academy seem to be a great way to give children across the world access to education. However, what about taking it one step further and addressing digital education for non English speakers. Often, when children who have limited access to educational resources finally do get their hands on reading material, it is not in their native language. This can be extremely frustrating and may slow their learning process or deter them altogether. Enabling children to access digital learning tools in their mother tongue will motivate early learners to gain literacy skills by making them more relevant, and fostering the capacity to enrich their cultural identity and strengthen their community.

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The focus on innovation in different sectors, such as technology, government, philanthropy, business and non-profits is exciting. As we explore the reach of technology, in our world-wide life, we are missing an important ingredient for success. As we look at generating new ideas, we have to be equally interested in the organizational systems charged with implementing these changes. Our current organizational systems were not designed to support innovation. So even if an idea is remarkable, the delivery system may not be capable of doing the job. A focus on systems design from conception to implementation needs to go hand in hand with new ideas. In many cases we already have the capacity, resources, knowledge and skills needed, they just need to be deployed and leveraged in new ways. We have examples every day of redundancy, duplication of effort and spending the same dollar over and over again. Organizational re-design is part of innovation.

The focus on innovation in different sectors, such as technology, government, philanthropy, business and non-profits is exciting. As we explore the reach of technology, in our world-wide life, we are missing an important ingredient for success. As we look at generating new ideas, we have to be equally interested in the organizational systems charged with implementing these changes. Our current organizational systems were not designed to support innovation. So even if an idea is remarkable, the delivery system may not be capable of doing the job. A focus on systems design from conception to implementation needs to go hand in hand with new ideas. In many cases we already have the capacity, resources, knowledge and skills needed, they just need to be deployed and leveraged in new ways. We have examples every day of redundancy, duplication of effort and spending the same dollar over and over again. Organizational re-design is part of innovation.

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A large portion of our population is ignorant about the important issues of our government. And, the sources by which we gain information about the government are increasingly biased and unreliable. Social media technology is able to connect large numbers of people, communicate large amounts of information quickly, and eliminate hierarchical structures. The question is, how can we connect these resources to solve the problem of closed and apathetic democracy?

A large portion of our population is ignorant about the important issues of our government. And, the sources by which we gain information about the government are increasingly biased and unreliable. Social media technology is able to connect large numbers of people, communicate large amounts of information quickly, and eliminate hierarchical structures. The question is, how can we connect these resources to solve the problem of closed and apathetic democracy?

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Most governments and industry refuse to see the long-term environmental benefit of leaving fossil fuels and turning to clean renewable energy sources.  The decision still remains an economic one.  It continues to generally be cheaper to burn coal and oil for power than to rely on clean energy sources such as solar and wind.  How can we improve the speed of innovation in research and development in clean energy technology so that it's cost can be reduced enough to compete directly with traditional fossil fuels?

Most governments and industry refuse to see the long-term environmental benefit of leaving fossil fuels and turning to clean renewable energy sources. The decision still remains an economic one. It continues to generally be cheaper to burn coal and oil for power than to rely on clean energy sources such as solar and wind. How can we improve the speed of innovation in research and development in clean energy technology so that it's cost can be reduced enough to compete directly with traditional fossil fuels?

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Governments today are still the main arbitrators for anything to happen within a given country. Unfortunately, instead of introducing predictability, governments tend to increase the level of uncertainty for anything to happen. 

Service design's goal is to ensure that all touch points work together to provide superior customer service. Service design can help governments in understanding citizens needs, identifying root causes, and then designing effective and sustainable services. 

The issue at hand then is how? How can you really transform an institution as complex as a government (let alone international or supranational institutions)? 

There is a disjunction between governments and all other institutions, how can service design bring about collaborative change? How can technology be used so that governments from underdeveloped countries can achieve socioeconomic leapfrog? How can governments create new networks for social change?

Governments today are still the main arbitrators for anything to happen within a given country. Unfortunately, instead of introducing predictability, governments tend to increase the level of uncertainty for anything to happen. Service design's goal is to ensure that all touch points work together to provide superior customer service. Service design can help governments in understanding citizens needs, identifying root causes, and then designing effective and sustainable services. The issue at hand then is how? How can you really transform an institution as complex as a government (let alone international or supranational institutions)? There is a disjunction between governments and all other institutions, how can service design bring about collaborative change? How can technology be used so that governments from underdeveloped countries can achieve socioeconomic leapfrog? How can governments create new networks for social change?

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Conflicts and natural disasters have displaced many, many people. In their yearly report, the UNHCR now uses the number of 43.3 million people that have been forced to leave their home. An estimated 30 % of them lives in refugee camps, some of them for decades already. Imagine that you have to live in a refugee camp for most of your life. That the playground in the picture is the only playground your kids know, and will maybe ever see.

Apart from bringing solutions to conflict regions, how can the world bring a bit of hope to the refugees living in camps. Hope for returning home, or for making a real home in a safe place, instead of living in a makeshift temporary place, dependent on aid from others.

Conflicts and natural disasters have displaced many, many people. In their yearly report, the UNHCR now uses the number of 43.3 million people that have been forced to leave their home. An estimated 30 % of them lives in refugee camps, some of them for decades already. Imagine that you have to live in a refugee camp for most of your life. That the playground in the picture is the only playground your kids know, and will maybe ever see. Apart from bringing solutions to conflict regions, how can the world bring a bit of hope to the refugees living in camps. Hope for returning home, or for making a real home in a safe place, instead of living in a makeshift temporary place, dependent on aid from others.

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