From 2020 to 2030 we want to highlight, celebrate and connect the most promising startups, innovators, corporates and cities which have taken the 17 SDG into their core businesses leading the way for future generations to come. Over the next decade we aim to increase our global audience by expanding our local satellite events worldwide so we by the end of this decade can reach our goal of engaging 1 million people, 1000 businesses and 100 cities worldwide.
We believe impact is created at the intersection between the major societal pillars; academic, government, business and civil society. Therefore we intend to create a platform where everyone can join the conversation. Young and old, CEOs and students, as well as politicians, artists, investors, scientists and entrepreneurs.
Together, we can break the existing consensus that has governed businesses and societies for two generations and together offer a new model for capitalism - using the SDGs as the framework combined with our guiding core principles: purpose, inclusion and sustainability.
Our long-term vision will be steered by a purpose driven, diverse and global advisory board, that has been selected across borders, genders, sectors, age, race and views. A board and compass that ensures a platform that will foster the most critical discussions, curating cutting edge solutions while constantly embracing the core values and mantra of the ITF dogma; Open source, connectivity, broadcast-ability and inclusive knowledge sharing.
A lot of people are already taking action to ensure a more sustainable future. They are taking an active stand on which products and services to buy and they demand transparency from both companies and manufacturers. But the fact is that every human on this planet has to act much more than we do today. Like frontrunner global climate activist Greta Thunberg says: “I don’t want your hope. I don’t want you to be hopeful. I want you to panic .. and act as if the house was on fire. Because it is.”
So how should businesses and other institutions foster this potential amongst citizens and awake more human activism? How should they kick some niceness into activistic needness?
It is a core belief that businesses and the forceful people at the steering wheels have to be at the forefront of the transition and work actively with the UN's SDG’s as fundamental principles - incorporating gender equality, fighting inequality and paving a new road of true innovation doing better with less. This cannot and will not be an easy task, and the conference track ‘People’, focusing on the human potential, will hunt and showcase those people who are attacking necessary challenges, altering the status quo and especially creating value for the many, not the few.
Talks, delegate involvement, impact sessions and new answers will pave the way for knowledge sharing, blue prints and real solutions on how to harness the human power of survival, resilient activism and peoples unique ability to adapt and be innovative in the major world challenges we are experiencing.
Together we can either be the problem or the solution.
In the past two centuries fossil capitalism has made us wealthier, healthier, safer and more informed than ever. Now, however, this driver for progress has begun to cause our demise, making us feel cynical or powerless. Yet there is always room for hope – that is the nature of humankind. As an impactful agent for societal change, how can a new take on sustainable capitalism be the transformative power we as businesses, economies and a global race need? How do we go from a bunch of inspirational cases to a united global propeller for sustainable growth?
Business resilience is not about surviving but thriving. So how can new business innovation and solutions create prosperous business and societal growth while building upon a new world order incorporating the UN Sustainable Development Goals?
When answering ‘How can we build & transform business to be a catalyst for sustainable growth?’ there is an inherent belief that business has the opportunity and responsibility to propel our world forward, not leaving it behind in despair. Businesses can nevertheless never achieve their goals without closely collaborating with governments, education institutions and civil society. We thus seek out those innovative business giants and impactors that are embracing collaboration and impacting today, not somewhere down the road. As a mega topic from the 2020 Economic World Forum conference in Davos, Switzerland, numerous business leaders blatantly stated the obvious: “Capitalism as we know it is dead, make way for a broader stakeholder approach.”
“Don’t bring a speech, bring a plan” - If you are not in it for the global leaps and open source working paradigms you will not be a part of the solution. Ideas are out and real life activation, implementation and impact are in. We will present the industry leading impactors who are changing the world and business grid as we speak and connect this knowledge through inspirational talks, impact involvement sessions and key network possibilities to connect new lasting relationships and minds together.
We need to fuse more technologies together with a wider array of contributors and collaborators to obtain new crucial building blocks in order to rearrange and reinvent cities as we know them! This is easy right?
If we look into the future, we know that by 2050 the world’s population is expected to reach 9.8 billion people. Nearly 70 %, meaning 6.7 billion people, are predicted to live in urban areas or the so called Mega Cities. We know that this will create multiple challenges for the environment and the people living here. In order to ensure prosperous growth we ultimately need to view these challenges as sustainability opportunities that can be solved through innovative and impactful solutions.
During Impact The Future we zoom out to get a full view of the city scale. As we speak many cities are re-scoping their remit whilst dealing with inherited structures, population growth and pollution increase. That is not an easy balance. The challenge is how to create a future full of opportunities in our cities. What happens with the inherited structures? Do we regenerate? Or is it wiser to start completely over?
The time is now and we have the chance to take a deep breath and share experiences, ideas and cases to in order to take a leap forward. Impact The Future facilitates the meeting of like-minded people to find answers to this challenge - co-created by all delegates, passionate practitioners, innovative thinkers and top-notch speakers.
Architects, city-planners, activists, urbanists and citizens need to unite on this conference track to dream, think big and implement impactful solutions for the broader scope. People create businesses, so by turning city challenges into opportunities we can unite the three conference tracks to create impactful models for application and inspiration throughout the world.