OpenIDEO is an open innovation platform. Join our global community to solve big challenges for social good. Sign up, Login or Learn more

Early in 2011 a group of global innovation leaders – known as the i20 – will meet for a global innovation summit. They are the principal drivers of national innovation strategies across thirty countries. You can influence their summit agenda. OpenIDEO contributions will be used to help determine priorities and directions for the conference.

Introduction

Have you ever wanted to tell global leaders what you consider to be the most important issues facing the world today? This is your chance. On January 13 and 14, 2011, the Institute for Large Scale Innovation will host its i20 community at a summit that will gather seventy top national innovation leaders whose common goal is to address large-scale global challenges. The ILSI invites the OpenIDEO community to help set the i20 agenda by suggesting which challenges are most in need of innovative solutions. 

 

 

What global challenge do you think innovation leaders should work to right now?

 

In this OpenIDEO challenge, we aim to understand two things:

1. Inspiration. What are the most interesting or innovative things that are going on where you live?

2. Concept. What do you think the i20 global leaders should be talking about? In other words, what would you like to see on their agenda?

Although citizens of many countries can appeal to their own publicly elected officials, people rarely get to help shape the global conversation, particularly at a forum of world leaders. This OpenIDEO challenge and the i20 summit mark one of those rare opportunities to speak your mind — and be heard — on the important issues of today.

The i20 summit is being hosted by the Institute for Large Scale Innovation (ILSI), founded by John Kao. Learn more about John and ILSI here.

 

What’s the detail and the opportunity?

 

Formed in 2009, the i20 group consists of some 35 'chief innovation officers' from different nations who demonstrate leadership in innovation. Its members hold positions of power from which they can drive their respective countries’ development over time. They strive to identify and address some of the grand challenges faced by civil society worldwide.

 

The January 2011 summit marks the first time that these innovation principals will convene to design a global agenda for innovation. The summit’s overall goals are to:

 

· Create a common, relevant framework for addressing global 'grand challenges'

· Align US and global agendas on how to foster engagement

· Sponsor global challenges by offering prizes, incentives and novel funding methods

· Introduce the i20 to the US government innovation community and vice versa 

· Outline specific ongoing goals and strategies

If you want to see our outdated terms and conditions from this challenge, look here.

This challenge is now over.
153 contributions
103 ideas
103 final ideas
35 final ideas
Announced!

64 comments

Join the conversation:

Comment
Photo of Dylan Bulkeley-Krane

On a global scale, it is critical that leaders direct attention towards fixing broken transportation networks to ensure that prosperity can spread through the world fairly, efficiently, and sustainably. In many regions of the world, congestion is hitting untenable levels due primarily to increasing urban populations, poor public transport options, increasing numbers of single passenger cars on the road and an expanding trucking/delivery sector driven by ever-increasing global demand for goods.

When considering how to best address this problem it is important not to just think of big data solutions. ‘Smart Cities’ have gain significant attention in recent years and companies like Siemens would like to have you think that a city operating entirely on their system would be the most efficient*. Metro system improvements to increase efficiency are certainly an easy answer and definitely play a part when solving our transportation issues.

However, this is why we need innovation leaders to take a holistic view of the needs of citizens and riders. The ultimate goal should be to develop a diverse and flexible network of transit options to provide for the varied needs of a region’s inhabitants.

London is a great case study for exploring this idea of an innovation leader developing a large network of transit options based on the principles of human-centered design.

The reason this occurred is due to the fact that London has a powerful global leader, elected directly by London's citizenry, dedicated almost entirely to improving London’s transportation system. That person is the Mayor of London, currently Boris Johnson. The city of London did not have a mayor until 2000 when Parliament created the position due to strong political and public pressure, but they were careful not to vest too much authority to the Office. Unlike mayors in America and many other regions of the world, the role of London’s Mayor is largely to serve as an advocate, not an executive or administrator. The ongoing debates surrounding the location of London’s new airport and Boris Johnson’s inability to get his plan passed highlights some of the limits of the UK’s version of a mayor. HOWEVER, the Mayor of London has total authority over London’s Transportation System (TFL).

In a position that is largely ceremonial, London’s mayors have rightfully focused much of their attention on the transit system and have created a magnificent hodgepodge of transit options (including the Tube, Overground, High Speed Rail, Busses, Gondola, Ferries) in efforts to connect desperate sections of the Greater London Area. By working with an interdisciplinary team and embracing the physical realities and limitations of London’s urban landscape, Ken Livingston (former mayor) and now Boris Johnson have nurtured a web of interconnected modes of transportation that appropriately fit into the built environment.

No system is perfect and many Londoners would begrudge TFL and complain about the frequent Tube strikes. Yet, in a world filled with broken transit systems, London emerges as one of few global ‘winners’ in terms of proactively addressing transportation concern in their greater metropolitan region in an effective way.

There are many global challenges related directly to human survival that demand pressing attention from world leaders. But it is important to also keep in mind that issues surrounding transportation are central to the long-term economic and social success of regions across the globe. In this context, innovation leaders should embrace a more human-centered approach to transit design and follow London's lead in developing a wide range of modes of public transportation.



* The Crystal by Siemens, http://www.thecrystal.org/visit-the-exhibition/exhibition-zones/

Photo of Maialen Ezkurra

Hi community!

I totally connect with what Antonio Pipaon was proposing. I think one of the biggest issues the whole world has to face nowadays, and in the future, is where we are taking our world. What we are making with it.

We can combine two main problems. The one Antonio is talking about, the waste we produce, and the use we are making of the natural and no renewable resources. So, what about using natural and renewable resources for making electricity?

Some companies are starting to do it, but it´s still not known. Why not to try to make the idea grow, get bigger and apply it?

Here I let some links to a business that makes energy out of fish trash. Interesting!

http://www.enerfish.eu

Thanks!

Photo of Antonio Pipaon

Hi there,

It will be a great idea to come up with a solution from the waste we produce everyday, at least is easier that try to convince people to waste less. There are some ideas and projects that are running about converting waste laying in the oceans (like plastic bags) into good quaity fabrics.

Here you will find more information related to the problem:
http://www.textileworld.com/Issues/2010/November-December/Features/From_Waste_To_Worth
http://www.smh.com.au/environment/the-ocean-is-broken-20131018-2vs7v.html

Why?

Fashion is certainly a huge part of everybody’s lives… We are trying to infiltrate the entire spectrum of fashion, high-end and low. It’s a part of sustainability and the cause is to never throw anything [plastics and trash] into the ocean again

But, where is the solution? And how global leader could help?

Usually these crazy innovative ideas are seen as both unrealistic and not fealible, so most of the investor don´t care about them. And they are not famous because people don´t believe on them. What i am asking is to support these companies which are already making a efort.

Here you have some examples of these kind of ideas:
http://www.econyl.com/#lightbox/0/
http://healthyseas.org/
http://rawfortheoceans.g-star.com/

Thank you.

Photo of DeletedUser

DeletedUser

It would be really cool if some of the participants were actually invited to the i20 summit, given our varying thoughts, fields of expertise, and backgrounds. Just a thought... :)

Photo of DeletedUser

DeletedUser

yeah, I'm having the same proposal in my mind. It is very impressive that a global institute like i20 can join openideo and give us the topic to talk about and to take part in. If the owners of some brilliant ideas could be invited to the summit, it will be really excited, and I'm sure there will be more people are willing to participant in the openideo, which is also very good for other challenges we have in the website.

Photo of DeletedUser

DeletedUser

I really think that the most important issue is WASTE. We need to reduce waste not only by recycling, by not producing it. It affects the sustainability of the resources, the global warming, economy etc.

Photo of DeletedUser

DeletedUser

Well done Alan, mtotally agree, waste from building materials especially is my pet issue at present, Ive just been to a site where 18,000 sqm of interior demolition materials is being dumped to landfil to make way for a new - fitout, there needs to be a corporate responsibility or mechanism for trading these materials of offered up for domestic purposes, the main problem is where to store it in the short term while waste is sorted and then made available.

Photo of DeletedUser

DeletedUser

Like your ideas, and I also think e-waste and discard electronics maybe are the most harmful waste in nowadays. We have deal with household garbage for centuries and we have some well developed theories to handle that. But with e-waste, there are many new problems to be focus on. So the innovation leaders should take a good at the problems and so something.

Photo of DeletedUser

DeletedUser

I suggest the i20 to focus on innovation ecosystmes with a specific focus on youth unemployment, as it integrates many of the important issues outlined above, including education, poverty, harnessing technology and the role of business in society. A more specific focus could be given to the education – employment - entrepreneurship nexus as it requires business, governments and civil society to collaborate more closely on a global, national and local level.

How can we engage young people in high impact entrepreneurial ventures and succinctly scale these ventures for sustainable job growth? How can business play a more active role in the engagement of youth? How can we design the right education systems that facilitate that transition of youth into an active workforce? What role can technology play in delivering access and quality to education and job growth?

Today across the world, new partnerships are pioneering innovative solutions to address this particular challenge. Showcasing successful examples and drawing important lessons learned will inform policy makers and inspire others. Ultimately, it will lead to more informed policy design of innovation ecosystems, integrating cross-regional experiences and various stakeholders perspectives into the process. I belive that in this particular area, the i20 has a unique opportunity of defining a strong vision and common framework for action.

Photo of Fei Xin

I really agree with your point "the i20 to focus on innovation ecosystmes with a specific focus on youth unemployment, as it integrates many of the important issues outlined above, including education, poverty, harnessing technology and the role of business in society". Nowadays, the youth unemployment rate was increaing. According to the survey results "seventy-five million young people are unemployed globally and within the UK over a million 16 to 24 year-olds are looking for work". Therefore, it was a really big challenge should to solve it right now by innovation leaders. How to solve this issues? In my opinion, The government, social and business coporation community should work together to give young people more opportunities for employment and entrepreneurial. To change the employment policies is more conducive for the development of young people at work.

Photo of Congmin Liang

I totally agree with you of what you have said "the i20 need to focus on the innovation ecosystems with a specific focus on youth unemployment, as it integrates many of the important issues outlined above, including education, poverty, harnessing technology and the role of business in society." That is true, because the young people is one country's future, and they will support the country's business and economy in some ways in the future. Through the one generation to another, youth people is become an important part of economic development to keep the economic growth and build more new technology to all of us. To solve the problem that those young people focus on will let one country or the world going into a different and better era. I think it is all the people in the world want, which is not only good for themselves, but also good for the whole world.

Photo of Fei Xin

I like your idea" To solve the problem that those young people focus on will let one country or the world going into a different and better era. I think it is all the people in the world want, which is not only good for themselves, but also good for the whole world." The young people are the hope for the whole world, and the further development should rely on the efforts and wisdom of young people to creation.

Photo of DeletedUser

DeletedUser

Like your ideas very much, very thoughtful and inspire.

Photo of Fei Xin

Nowadays, there are so many social problems to be solved by innovation leaders. At first, my opinion is that innovation leaders should concerned about the situation of unemployment , especially for young people. Besides, according to the survey results "seventy-five million young people are unemployed globally and within the UK over a million 16 to 24 year-olds are looking for work". I was shocked by this news. However, I think that the society needs the strength and wisdom of young people to create a better future in the 21st century. I hope that the government, society or buiness can provides help and opportunities for young people to working. Besides, my advise is that young people should have innovation spirit to create their own businesses. This is a good way to improve the situation of unemployment.

Photo of DeletedUser

DeletedUser

Like your ideas very much. Since I'm going to get out of school at the end of the year and I have totally no idea about what job I could take. It really bothers me a lot. I hope in the next few years more job opportunities should be offered. And I think also I should get myself prepared in the year.

Photo of DeletedUser

DeletedUser

In recent decades, with the develop of science and other technologies, we are facing more and more societal problem which were barely conceivable in the past, like the population ageing problem. From the UN report on World Population Ageing 1950–2050, by 2050, the number of older persons in the world will exceed the number of young for the first time in history. For a spicy that want to live and multiply in the planet, that is very dangerous that with less young and powerful adult in the society to get the jobs done. So I think it is urgent for innovation leaders to work on.

Photo of DeletedUser

DeletedUser

No barrier is for all people, regardless of age, state of mind or physical condition.
When foreigner wants to study in another country, it is really expensive to pay the tuition fee comparing with citizens for them. When he or she really wants to live & work with foreigners in another countries, it is tough to work with them with same level like salary, work environment. So many people think that the rich only can study & work in another country, not their own country.

Photo of DeletedUser

DeletedUser

Interesting idea,can you explain more that why "the rich only can study or work in other cuntries not their own country"?

Photo of DeletedUser

DeletedUser

In my country, not only rich people, also non-rich people try to study aboard especially in developed countries, even they need to pay much higher than in China. For two reasons: they are more competitive and knowledgeable if they go back home to take a position. or, they probably get a chance that they could "stay far away from home. "

Photo of Fei Xin

I agree with your idea. Even though people do not have much money, but they still hope to get higher education. In order to learn more knowledge, which are cannot learned in their own country. It is also can get more life experiences.

Photo of DeletedUser

DeletedUser

As the globe internet and technology growing, I think in the future, more and more employee positions will be instead by machines and internet. who can solve more social problem such as employment is the main point of government to view the industry. therefore, I think the leader should put the eye on the development to consider the situation.

Photo of Congmin Liang

I like your idea.

Photo of Fei Xin

I also agree with your point.

Photo of Congmin Liang

This topic is really interesting and very new to me. I heard about the Global Innovation Summit, but I never though about what they would do in the Summit and what kind topic they will focus on. Inspiration and Concept are two things we need to understand and focus on in this challenge. Honestly, I really don't think about what kind challenge that innovation leaders should work to right now, and a lot people give me an idea of what they think on their response, which is very useful for me to better understand what is it about. The "OpenIDEO contributions will be used to help determine priorities and directions for the conference" is a great thing that allow all the people to understand the summit and give some ideas of what they want to solve as a citizen of the world.

Photo of DeletedUser

DeletedUser

I am a structural economist and the creator of Electro-economic global solution engine. The global economy is going through turbulent time s, now and in the future and this is going to affect to a great extent global lives and activities. Events like global depression/recessions are like to reoccur at any point in time. The uncertainty that lies ahead of the global economy is one that should give world governing authorities a grave concern., as the present global economic system is collapsing. There is need to restructure the global economic system in order to balance disequilibrium in the changing structure of the global economy. Collectively we can find practical solutions to address global economic challenges. I am willing to offer to world government EM/389 Global economic solution engine, a 7 year economic research idea that is capable of addressing present and future global economic challenges. It is a key of wisdom capable of driving the global economy out of the woods.

Photo of DeletedUser

DeletedUser

1. Inspiration. What are the most interesting or innovative things that are going on where you live?

AM: First act of Judgment: Word and thing. Letter and tone. Tune and mind. Mind upon anything else it, abstract of Business (as your demand) is my solution.

2. Concept. What do you think the i20 global leaders should be talking about? In other words, what would you like to see on their agenda?

AM:First and final act of Judgment: Which word for what matters are best relative; by trade winds flowing as relative daily with safety and security as right now that/this your running purposes (legal, scientific, natural) - the most important still mystery is date and time philosophy, particularly geo-culture similar innovation, remind to their humanism, share easily scientific high mechanism as resultant world tasted already, yes, fruitful. Yes I can do it for you also. Let me try first. You might be anyone, as I observe market: you are successful. Because - Each design I do for today from universal as perspective.
Every day is today. Today is everyday:)

Thanks to all of you. I gratefully want to remember: Million of people from Tim, that day in only between to mine all hope. And he really knows it: behind the stage mechanism. Perfect fellow for me, I think. That is why I admit.


The rest, all of yours’ Excellency : Thank you
Arabi Mahbub
S.D 0:52 AM | 25 Jan 2013

Photo of DeletedUser

DeletedUser

We need to establish a focus on understanding our world - through for example our initiative education for Digital Earth.
We are working top down (lobbying in the digital agenda) and bottom up as our digital-earth.eu project (http://www.digital-earth.eu) seeks to connect people involved in this type of education and establish centres of excellence ......

Photo of DeletedUser

DeletedUser

I believe one of the greatest global challenges is Education.

Education is becoming a luxury only accessible to those that can afford it or where born into it. With the down turn of the economy, more low income communities are having less access to education leaving their young one in limbo. This leads to violence.

As designers we can help educating communities. By volunteering, coming together and sharing our knowledge. Projects such as Project H (http://www.projecthdesign.org/) or iDo (http://industrialdesignoutreach.org/) could be used a pilots for a great Open IDEO educational project.

Photo of DeletedUser

DeletedUser

If more people (and in particular i20 leaders) asked themselves, how can our education system and institutions be designed to help people live the lives of their dreams? we could begin to shift the current educational paradigm from the predominant focus on getting students into college and a job to helping people live fulfilling lives.

Photo of DeletedUser

DeletedUser

My suggestions for the i20:
- Fostering and harvesting youth energy. Youth organizations have tremendous potential to self-nurture and self-educate from issues as diverse as waste collection to sexual health. How can we build capacity among youth organizations and youth peer-to-peer networks?
- Improving the living and health conditions of urban slums, which are expected to grow as urbanization increases, leading to exacerbation of existing challenges.
- Taking urban agriculture to scale and improving food security in both urban and rural areas of the global South.
- Recognizing the inevitability and possibility of the informal sector. Whether it is informal employment, informal health care facilities, or informal micro-savings networks, the informal sector is the means by which the poor not only "get by," but can build savings, skills, and resilience for advancing up the development ladder.

Photo of DeletedUser

DeletedUser

Somehow we need to find ways to ignite the activist in more people. Acting when something needs fixing will make the world a better place. Too often we wait for someone else to do it.

Photo of DeletedUser

DeletedUser

I believe that the most important global issue to work on is sustainable cheap energy without using nuclear. In our day and age electricity is becoming more and more expensive and we need to invest into large scale sustainable enegy that will benefit the whole world. Personally i believe nuclear energy is to risky and as more and more nuclear power stations are built the space to store their waste is going to become harder to find. Electricity is already to expensive for many people in developing countries what will happen to them when electricy becomes so expensive that people in developed countries start to drop electricity because it is to expensive?

Photo of DeletedUser

DeletedUser

While I don't share your concerns over nuclear generated energy, I agree that energy is one of the things that should be on the i20's agenda. Not just production, but consumption and distribution. While Buckminster Fuller's idea of a global electricity network and market may be a long way off, I believe that sharing electricity/energy across borders will force producers to economise and work on behalf of consumers, rather than maintain the monopolies that exist today.

The idea that we have consumed several million years worth of solar energy in the form of oil, coal and gas in just over 100 years should be the main focus of any group of people looking into energy consumption over the next century.

Photo of DeletedUser

DeletedUser

For sure, energy is key challenge for the next decade.
I am not sure I agree on the nuclear point. For now, mainly for economical reasons, I think nuclear is a necessity, at least for countries which relies the most on nuclear. That does not mean we should pursue on that way for decades and decades. The change will be long, and demands a lot of research and implementation.
On my point of view, two main challenges go with energy. The first one is to find new kind of producing energy, safer, cleaner, and cheaper to than the existing ones. The second one is to succeed in stocking energy. The stocking of energy will facilitate the sharing of energy and prevent wastefulness.

Photo of Devon

I would like to see the challenge of building local economies in conflict-prone areas during the i20 conference. How can we support people in building their businesses, and how can we support mentorship for local business owners? It seems that conflict is best mitigated by people who have an active civil society and a stake in their community and nation, which is often more true is the income level is sufficient. I often think that a model that ties in some version of microfinance and political literacy could have a big impact on areas with ongoing conflict, or in areas prone to conflict.

Photo of Cassian Opara

I think the main challenge of the i20 will be to be given representation on a level of the G20. As the G20 consists of mainly finance an business leaders who have an inbuilt aversion to risk (big generalisation I know) it would make sense to have some sort of bridging policy that allows innovation to take top spot in the agenda list at the next summit.

Photo of Devon

I would like to see the challenge of building local economies in conflict-prone areas during the i20 conference. How can we support people in building their businesses, and how can we support mentorship for local business owners? It seems that conflict is best mitigated by people who have an active civil society and a stake in their community and nation, which is often more true is the income level is sufficient. I often think that a model that ties in some version of microfinance and political literacy could have a big impact on areas with ongoing conflict, or in areas prone to conflict.

Photo of DeletedUser

DeletedUser

I am hard-pressed to think of any important global issue that can be successfully addressed over time that doesn't depend upon the availability of clean water for all. Water is life itself, and it is under attack. It is being constantly degraded and polluted by industrial and agricultural practices. Common sense tells us that water is a free resource; some would say a right. But we are seeing water become commodified by corporate interests. Conflicts across political borders over access to water are already occurring in parts of the world, and this will likely accelerate significantly in the near future. Furthermore, new research is showing that even if water is 'clean' by today's standards of evaluation, it is often devoid of a vitality that is found in water in it's natural cycle. While important, addressing this vitality issue must take a back seat to the challenge of providing adequate water for all people that is, at least, not polluted.

Photo of DeletedUser

DeletedUser

Hi Tom, good point you're making. I just found a really cool website on the Water Footprint, have a look@
http://www.josephbergen.com/viz/water/

This website with data visualization reveals the hidden water content in your nationality and your consumer goods. Label your lunch, your drink, your friends, yourself, even the whole world with its water footprint.

Photo of Devon

I agree, Tom. I spent some time in a number of countries in the Middle East and it led me to think a lot about water, and its relationship to climate change and conflict. I was in Syria during its hottest summer on record, and I thought extensively about the way in which the dearth of water will impact the Middle East and therefore the world. Of the 15 most water-strapped countries in the world, 10 of them are in the Middle East. Interestingly, when the King of Saudi Arabia first brought geologists to his country, it wasn't to search for oil, it was to search for water. And then...well, we know what they found. The wealth created by oil shifted people to the urban centers, eating patterns changed, and food requiring irrigation boomed. Population then ballooned as well. In some of the countries, the vast majority of water is for irrigation. Syria, for example, has water, but can't support much green life, since most of the water in the region is subterranean. At one point the reserves were large. But, most importantly, they are finite, unlike streams and rivers. Amman, for example, the capital of Jordan, is predicted to be out of its own water in 15 years. The way in which water is consumed has not reflected this reality. The water in Syria, for example, is subsidized. Meaning nobody worries about their consumption. Israel seized the Golan Heights from Syria during the 1967 War, a war that took six days, and lost the Arab nations one of the most abundant sources of water in the region. We see the effect that oil has had on conflict in the region and beyond. Imagine the conflict that will result in the region and its reverberations globally from the lack of water, an actual necessity for human life, in an increasingly warming planet.

I imagine that a useful way to address water resource challenges in the Middle East would be bifold -- domestic and international. In terms of the domestic arena, water could be less subsidized to create more awareness of its inherent value. and agriculture could be supported that requires less water. Internationally, there could be efforts to emphasize water as a shared commodity (i.e. considering the water in the Golan Heights as shared across the region, as opposed to for one country).

Photo of DeletedUser

DeletedUser

This is an important issue and I hope the discussions about global innovation will continue. Here is a concept for that discussion: a global network of innovation education centers.

We have a vibrant and impactful community of designers focused on user-centered and human-centered design. My vision is to expand the impact of the innovation community to achieve user-originated design. I think we can build innovation capacity so that those with the most need are identifying solutions based on their needs and values.

I am envisioning a global network of innovation education centers that can transform users into designers. This concept provides a concrete solution for a number of the selected agenda concepts focused on education and innovation. The centers can bring together designers as potential educators, while business strategists can ensure that user-originated designs generate income for local economies. These innovation education centers should partner with local education institutions to build innovation into the entire education process. With this model, the impact of each innovator extends beyond single problems or solutions – as a community we can develop designers who transform their own worlds.

Photo of Camille Baldassar

Universal access to education-specifically literacy is a foundational building block for individuals and communities. Reading is a learned skill that opens and develops minds, and can transform a struggling individual and/or community.

When we learn to read we give ourselves access to unlimited amounts of information, ideas, and creativity. Because we can share information and fictions, reading can empower through our hearts and minds.

In those communities where schools are limited or unavailable, can we reach people in their homes with literacy? What sort of easy to implement model could we put into place where people can begin to learn to read at home? How do we bridge the gap between readers and non-reading families? Would a community read-aloud program inspire non-readers?
Are there cultures where reading would be an impediment?

Photo of DeletedUser

DeletedUser

Divert the money we spend on war and military to improving the lives of the poorest in the world.

Photo of DeletedUser

DeletedUser

Though I like your comment, if I may ask you, what brought about the wars in the first place? Military I think is necessary, very necessary for any Country, before that could be done, we will be sure that Love and friendship rules, that we have gone back to our core values.....

Photo of DeletedUser

DeletedUser

The i20 may have come and gone, but one problem facing the World today is our Families. Our families has lost its values, parents are no longer available and ready to brought up their children. Hatred starts off from infantry and mother is busy to notice to deal with it, parents fight in front of their kids, parents kill and sleep with their children....all that the children know today is chaos, hatred, back biting and cheating and thats ll they live by.
Until we get our families back to what it used to be, to teach love and live by it, the problem of this World may be far from being over.

Photo of DeletedUser

DeletedUser

Clean water and clean technology and practices, and education for tolerance and understanding.

Photo of DeletedUser

DeletedUser

The current global situation represents many new and exciting opportunities to re-build foundations for our future generations by working with leaders who have a long term vision and who can make a difference. I believe that there are many efforts that are taking place currently with great success, however it is important to aggregate these efforts which will then accumulate into amazing outcomes globally. Leaders need to act as catalysts to success, to have the ability to step up and create transformational change by having clarity of vision, a determination to succeed, an ability to build key stakeholder relationships, to harness the potential of individuals, to identify new technologies and to be able to collaborate globally. Through new awareness, solutions will be unlocked and these changes will ripple through all sectors to create the outcomes desired for generations to come.
In the work I do through leadership coaching, all the above factors come into play and I have the ability to develop new and inspiring leadership mindsets. I have coached executives, leaders and senior managers and what I have observed is that changes always take place, new habits are created and always last in each of these areas. Also, what is very important is that these changes ripple through into the rest of the organization and communities.
I am very passionate about making a difference globally and my suggestion is that I am funded to specifically work with a few leaders globally (in the high impact sectors) to ensure they are operating to the best of their potential by me coaching them to success. This could be done with 5-10 high profile leaders and what leaders can expect by being involved is an opportunity to build their capability by committing to change and being able to make a difference globally.

Photo of DeletedUser

DeletedUser

What about changing the education paradigms in the world to create the leaders for the future? Must see thought-shifting video by Sir Ken Robinson. http://bit.ly/dSJVbi

Photo of Setra Yappi

As an Indonesian citizen, I have been learning about, while personally witnessing, human trafficking. Hundreds of thousands of Indonesian are trafficked as prostitutes and underpaid labor every year. Besides the fact that it's affecting over 100 countries and 2 million people trafficked each year, trafficking has been covered up as a lucrative opportunity for the poor who seek to earn a decent living. Many have been tricked financially and mentally where victims are stuck for life in the trafficked conditions. I hope i20 can help others own this global problem and be more intentional in their work to eradicate such injustice.

I think leaders should be talking about how to educate the next generation, from young children to college-age youth, about awareness of global problems and the consequences of their action to the world. With the current technology allowing global connectedness, well-informed and empowered youth around the world can bring a massive wave of change and solutions for global problems that are currently unavailable. Through education and youth empowerment, we can foster a sense of responsibility for caring for others and form in their minds a healthy, socially responsible paradigm of life. People may still be surprised by how investing in youth can have infinite ripple effects.

Photo of DeletedUser

DeletedUser

I'm tempted to say the environment but where i'm from, Uganda, that like many other issues like poverty, poor education etc are just symptoms of a failed system and flawed mindsets. Corruption has stifled nearly every hope of significant progression. I would like to see more options designed to fight this other than the weak laws, protests or lighting myself on fire. However, i agree with Anna. For any change, we need new quality oriented systems and new ways of thinking that start from the grass roots level.. custom designed to reach out to families in communities. I see such models effecting more significant change.

Photo of Anna Handschuh

I think we have to adress different issues, but first of all, we have to change our approach. There is no need to reboot the system - we need a new system, a new way of thinking, reflecting, measuring and valuating.
I belive, we need a "GLocal" mindset, which means for me: First of all we need to find solutions on a local level (renewable energy production and particularly storage (e.g. smart grids), food production, international sustainable supply chains connected with more local oriented value added chains...) and in second step we have to connect these local systems with international economical structures and big players.
Why should we do this: I am convinced, that a system like this is much more robust, could react much more faster on local changes and markets and is therefore capable to innovate very fast. It could create a completely new idea of "quality of life".
But this means in consequence: We need a completely new comprehension of growth - towards quality and not the quantity oriented approach on our economy of scale.

Photo of Anna Handschuh

I think we have to adress different issues, but first of all, we have to change our approach. There is no need to reboot the system - we need a new system, a new way of thinking, reflecting, measuring and valuating.
I belive, we need a "GLocal" mindset, which means for me: First of all we need to find solutions on a local level (renewable energy production and particularly storage (e.g. smart grids), food production, international sustainable supply chains connected with more local oriented value added chains...) and in second step we have to connect these local systems with international economical structures and big players.
Why should we do this: I am convinced, that a system like this is much more robust, could react much more faster on local changes and markets and is therefore capable to innovate very fast. It could create a completely new idea of "quality of life".
But this means in consequence: We need a completely new comprehension of growth - towards quality and not the quantity oriented approach on our economy of scale.

Photo of Kate Robertson

EDUCATION! I believe that without high quality education, the younger generation in the developing world (which is the future generation), will suffer even more from the growing wealth disparity. High quality education enables children to unleash their entrepreneurial spirits and it gives them a shot at being effective contributors to their societies. It also instills in them a sense of hope and motivation.

In emerging markets, such as Uganda and Peru, where there is a new emphasis on developing service sectors (to diversify from agriculture), education is super important in developing local skills and the need to import knowledge becomes obsolete. The Ugandas and Peruvians are the ones who should be able to best contribute to their own economies. This idea is relevant throughout many regions of the world.

Photo of DeletedUser

DeletedUser

I think one major global problem is poverty and the symptoms of poverty. This includes the marginalization of poor communities, lack of public or political representation, poor health care, education, and no job opportunities. We need to focus on a systematic model of investing in the development and empowerment of poor, marginalized communities.

Photo of DeletedUser

DeletedUser

I think the most important issue that needs to be addressed is creating adaptable development models. Too many times we see NGOs and governments apply development models and/or solutions that worked in one country, let's say Mexico, to the same problems of another country, let's say Kenya. The problem is that although these two countries may experience the same problem, let's say crime, the root causes of crime in Mexico are not necessarily the same as those in Kenya, so the same solution will not work. We are trying to cure systems, not symptoms.

Photo of DeletedUser

DeletedUser

The one thing which is impeding the progress is "Corruption".We need to find a way how to limit the extent of corruption in developing and under developed countries by using technology.

Photo of DeletedUser

DeletedUser

Innovation leaders should work on the following:
1. Low cost housing
2. Educating the people at BoP.
3. Clean drinking water.
4. Proper cooking mediums for the slum dwellers.
5. Work towards Ashoka's concept of "Everyone is a change maker !"

Photo of DeletedUser

DeletedUser

The interesting or innovative things to think and to realize are: cheapest drugs for the poor people, writing for healthy and wealthy, clean and good governance, back to nature, natural medicine, green architecture, green industry, etc.

As the medical doctor from Indonesia, I have started with free health consultation via online. I have a dream that through my writings, the sick people can get recovery soon from their illness.

Best regards,
Dito Anurogo

Photo of DeletedUser

DeletedUser

"Maximization of expected worldwide human and animal wellbeing over the next hundred thousand years" is a precise constraint for an impossibly imprecise and difficult problem. Most subgoals towards this target conflict with the usual goal in the West of maximization of local GDP next year up until the next election. In all of this, we can find some common factors in the global eternal optimisation problem - it is not what is built and acheived next year which determines the outcome, but what effect does that have on the carrying capacity of earth ( see "how to calculate your Carbon Footprint" ). If one earth can support a few hundred million ancient people plus billions of wolves, lions, dolphins, and other higher animals, is it an improvement to cut down most of the trees to churn into landfill for a desert city society in a world which has lost its plankton? That long term outcome is long away, I hope, but certain to limit the long term population to very much lower levels than a sensible fair industrious society of hopefully more than 2 billion people which coexists with billions of trees and animals indefinately. So, should we cease stealing from the future atmosphere of everyone who follows us, and mainly buy goods which save energy and reduce waste? Change needs to be gradual because reversing GDP expansionism overnight would lead to unemployment riots or worse, and anything involving large scale weapons production knocks a hole in the long term future carrying capacity.

I have to question what some populous cities are for. On cursury observation they appear to have overshot sensible population densities, possibly resulting from our overzealous procreation instincts which were designed for the requirement for ancient tribes to survive 40% infant mortality and a famine or disaster every seventh year. Children conceived with no idea of what their parents could do to provide for their needs, no plan for where they could live or what those could do for a living, dumped in playgroup until the age of 24 and taught nothing except how to transmit innept comments about the moment, to complain and ask for more money, and how to complain in a postmodern feminist context do not seem to me to be a better outcome than sensible choices made instead. Then there are the nasty individuals. If nobody knows what they are for then those probably should go to a one child policy (two for honest acheivers, none for convicted cheats irrespective of their money for legal defence, and none or possibly one for idle neverworkers) for about three generations or UNTIL long term intellectual plus labour requirements match labour supply AND materials consumption is within the earths' carrying capacity.

So, the immediate question for the i20, is, I sadly say,
how can we fairly and justly get from a projected population of 9 billion plus who each consume twice as much as at present to a way of living within one earth, within the next QQ years, without a war of extermination to nuke it down to less than about 2 billion?
Prevention of war is not enough, because we'd go unconstrained past 1200ppmv CO2e and lose the trees and the plankton before long.

I wonder what the polar bears would have to say about what we have chosen for them over the past century. The corel don't say anything which we can understand. But we can observe. It is terrible for all of them.

Photo of DeletedUser

DeletedUser

Tom Bell,
I gotta agree with you, one of my entries reflects this. Check it out.
http://bit.ly/gCI8zZ
Granted, this entry appears to be somewhat general in nature, I feel it will allow more of an grass roots/organic movement to develop over time. Gotta start somewhere, right?

Photo of DeletedUser

DeletedUser

Enterprise is the greatest enabler of a nations long-term well-being and its ability to support the well-being and health of its population, it would be useful to have an understanding of the position of every country in the world in relation to its capacity for generating and sustaining enterprise (an audit of enterprise capacity?). This could be an amalgam of some existing measures (like the corruption index) as well as some new or adjusted ones. If the index is based around what the critical success factors for enterprise are; i.e. infrastructure, access to finance, access to skilled workers etc. then by developing an understanding of their position each country can be encouraged to build its capacity in the right direction.

Photo of anjelika deogirikar

This is a great way to use Open Ideo ecosystem!

Photo of DeletedUser

DeletedUser

Innovation requires time and specially spare time. How can we encourage people and firms to have spare time? How can we show firms that spare time, in the end, will be "profitable"?
Offices are busy, crowded, noisy places where people go from one meeting to another and never have enough time to come up with ideas. How can firms re-think the way they work?

Photo of DeletedUser

DeletedUser

The innovation this day is to go back to basics.
We know so much and at the same time we forget so much... We have to remember the roots of mankind and to start 'from scratch'. First listening & sharing, then starting using the inheritance of centuries of knowledge. Putting everything in perspective.
So innovation isn't only about 'new things' but it is all about connecting people, thoughts and inspiration. A re-valuation of ‘old things’.
Therefore I see that innovations are already taking place in 'the third world' and not in the 'first world' because we think to much and ‘see’ to little. We think globally but the action is needed on the human scale. Human values are the keyword: beauty, honesty, integrity, responsibility, freedom and wisdom.
The world is simple and not complex.
The innovation this day is to go back to basics.