Oct 15, 2008
By: Alvaro Fernandez
I announced two months ago (Global Agenda Councils: The Challenges of Gerontology) that I had been invited to join a very stimulating new initiative by the World Economic Forum.
Update (November 2nd, 2008): my proposal is to create a Global Consortium for Neurocognitive Fitness Innovation. Thank you for your comments below!
Next month, 700 experts will meet to drive an interdisciplinary agenda covering 68 topics (see below); 16 of us focused on the Challenges of Gerontology.
Dubai To Host 700 Of The World’s Most Influential Leaders From Academia, Business, Government and Society At First World Economic Forum Summit on the Global Agenda (I didn’t write the title of the press release…)
– “The World Economic Forum, in partnership with the Government of Dubai, will hold its inaugural Summit on the Global Agenda in Dubai from 7 to 9 November 2008. The Summit is a new, unique gathering of the world’s 700 most innovative and relevant minds – leaders from academia, business, government and society. In Dubai, Members of the Forum’s Network of Global Agenda Councils will share ideas and collaboratively address some of the most pressing issues on the global agenda.”
– “During the three-day Summit, the 700 participants of this interdisciplinary event will engage in interactive workshops and sessions to set priorities for the most compelling ideas for improving the state of the world – from groundbreaking areas of research to new and exciting developments to address the world’s challenges. The outcomes will be presented at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2009 for further discussion and action.
The list of Global Agenda Councils (I have highlighted with Bold topics relevant to the aging society and gerontology):
– Global Challenges: Demographic Shifts; Migration; Urban Management; Gender Gap; Skills Gap; Climate Change; Alternative Energies; Water Security; Biodiversity and Ecosystem Degradation; Mitigation of Natural Disasters; Food Security; Economic Imbalances; Systemic Financial Risk; Global Trade Regime; Global Capital Flows; Financial Empowerment; Economic Growth and Development; Trade Facilitation; Global Governance; Energy Security; Corruption; Illicit Trade; Terrorism; Proliferation and Weapons of Mass Destruction; Corporate Governance; Humanitarian Assistance; Fragile States; International Legal System; Welfare of Children; Technology and Education; Healthcare Systems; HIV/AIDS; Challenges of Gerontology; Pandemics; Chronic Diseases and Malnutrition; Challenges of Nanotechnology; Human Equality and Respect; Islam-West Dialogue; Negotiation and Conflict Resolution; Empowering Youth
– Industry-oriented: Future of Mobility; Future of Media; Future of Entertainment; Future of the Internet; Future of Mobile Communications; Future of Metals and Mining; Future of Sustainable Construction; Future of Real Estate
– Regional/Country-oriented: Future of Africa; Future of Latin America; Future of the Middle East; Future of China; Future of Russia; Future of Japan; Future of Australia; Future of Korea
– Expertise Councils: Design; Marketing and Branding; Entrepreneurship; Philanthropy and Social Investing; Benchmarking Progress in Society; Emerging Multinationals; Financial Markets Development; Future of Governments; Sports in Society; Geography of Innovation; Strategic Foresight; Diversity; Social Entrepreneurship
Homework assignment: I have been asked to write “an 800 words summary of your most compelling actionable idea on the challenges of gerontology” by October 28th.
Can you help me out? In your view, and in just a couple of paragraphs,
1) what is the single most important thing that as a society we could be doing to engage the growing number of brains over the age of 60 in our planet,
2) how can we help transform a “challenge” into an “opportunity” to add value to other topics listed above – and to the brains involved in doing so?
You can either write a comment below, or send your thoughts to me using this Contact Us form. Thank you!