Day 1 Summary
- Opening DAY 1
14:15 – 14:45
GLOBSEC Talk: Science Fiction in Healthcare
Digital health is the healthcare of the future. We are undergoing a cultural transformation, and becoming patients from the future, fully equipped with data about ourselves, shooting for life expectancies of 100 years and beyond, and hoping to form partnershis with our healthcare professionals instead of hierarchies. The healthcare industry and goverments must face this trend and support patients by promoting freedom of choice and improve data privacy. The ivory tower of medicine is no more due to the democratisation of information and its access, and medical professionals must evolve to become guides for patients in the jungle of digital health information.
“The patient of the future will be walking on thin ice unless they get help from policymakers.”
“The ivory tower of medicine is no more. Medical professionals are now guides in the jungle of digital health information.”
14:45 – 15:15
GLOBSEC Talk: Can We Reverse Climate Change?
The climate is very well understood. We know that biodiversity, biomass, and accumulated organic matter are the basis of the oxygenated atmosphere, freshwater system, soil fertility, and biodiversity. We have to take large-scale action based on what we know. It is not that difficult, we are just not focused on it. We must shift our exisiting paradigms, and commit to the rejuvenation of our land on a global scale. Yes it is still possible to reverse climate change.
“All ancient empires collapse because they destroyed their ecology.”
“We’re acting for individual interest, and yet we need to be acting in our collective interest because our collective interest is individual interest.”
“Climate change is now an inevitable outcome, let’s make it an opportunity. “
15:45 – 16:45
Tackling Climate Crisis: The Business Case
The climate crisis must be tackled by all aspects of society around the globe. The problem requires collective action, and a different value system to be incorporated into existing system/models, or a different system altogether and a complete paradigm shift. The sectors of energy, agriculture, infrastructure, and transportation are the most crucial for converting to zero-carbon emissions. Current action is constrained by the burden of old industry, risk aversion, and the problem of collective action. The younger generation has demonstrated their prioritization of values through their employment, consumption, and investment choices. To move forward, we must recognise the urgency of the problem. We need strong leadership with vision, institutions that translation vision into action, resources both human and financial to effect the transition, and to bring together short term and long term goals. We must adopt the norms of a low carbon lifestyle, and empower leaders to move us in the right direction. And we must build trust, leave cynisicm at the door, and believe mindset change is happening in unexpected places, even in the C-suite.
“We need to radically change the business model” – Sokono
“We need to decarbonize our economies and we need to do it fast” – Sverdrup
“CEOs, politicians, scientists all say the same thing: “Someone else has to do their job, for me to be able to do mine.” – Seetharaman
“If you are a company who competes for the talent, if you are interested in this generation, you need to align your company to their values.” – Themistocleou