Do we need to establish a “Global Challenges Institute” in which all global resources are accumulated to achieve a common goal: to mitigate the risks that threaten human civilization?
A recent report by the Global Challenges Foundation names 12 risks that have the potential to end human life. Some of these risks, such as extreme climate change and nuclear war, are well known amongst the broad public. However, others, such as global system collapse, artificial intelligence, or bad global governance are only rarely part of the public debate.
The aims of this session are twofold: first, to raise awareness about the existence and the nature of the 12 risks. This will be achieved by a keynote lecture given by Dennis Pamlin, one of the authors of the Global Challenges Report. Second, in the format of a roundtable debate, we will be exploring how scientific entrepreneurship could be used to turn some of these risks into opportunities. Specifically, we will try to identify the key ingredients and action points that are needed to foster an environment that would allow entrepreneurial-minded scientists to tackle these risks in real life.
Dennis Pamlin, 21st Century Frontiers, Sweden
Dennis Pamlin is an entrepreneur and founder of 21st Century Frontiers. He works with companies, governments and NGOs as a strategic economic, technology and innovation advisor. Pamlin worked as Global Policy Advisor for WWF from 1999 to 2009. During his tenure, Pamlin initiated WWFs Trade and Investment Programme work in the BRICs and led the work with companies (especially high-tech companies such as ICT) as solution providers. He also introduced the climate positive concept and worked with IKEA’s to create their first planet positive strategy. Pamlin is currently an independent consultant as well as Director for the Low Carbon Leaders Project under the UN Global Compact and is a Senior Associate at Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. Pamlin is also helping to set up the newly established Global Challenges Foundation. Current work includes work to integrate transformative solution in innovation policy and macro-economic modeling, and advising on how public procurement can increase innovation and the uptake of transformative solutions. He is also leading work to develop methodologies for companies and cities to measure and report their positive impacts. This work also include advising companions relevant for significant change and cities interested in moving beyond reductions and incremental improvements.