Coronavirus: A call to Communicate, Connect, and Create

This article was originally posted on medium by Amanda Efthimiou It’s one of the few moments of my life where I feel comfortable writing about how there are no accidents, that life’s unfolding happens at exactly the moment it’s supposed to. Ten days ago I was at the beach just outside Lisbon with friends. It was a warm, sunny day, and we were sitting on the sand having a picnic…
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Imagined Futures with Cecilia Aversa

I could define myself as a facilitator. As a civil servant, I’ve been devoted for more than a decade to discover the potential of innovative ecosystems, and encourage amazing talents to achieve outstanding goals with social impact, from Earth to Space… As a Professor, I am a challenger. Educating future generations of leaders demands great responsibility and commitment to inspire them to think big for doing big, regardless -and sometimes…
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Coronavirus: A Historic Opportunity

This article was originally posted on medium by Alex T. Steffen ABSTRACT We are in a historic moment to reset our societal and leadership values, and emerge as a stronger species, and possibly avoid major issues that can really cripple us. It is the middle of March 2020. The Corona crisis is hitting the world. The leadership in most developed countries is struggling and paralysed. The weaknesses of our economic…
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The Church of God vs. The Church of Capitalism

This article was originally posted on medium by Chakameh Shafii During a recent visit to an art collection here in Berlin, I saw a work by Yngve Holen which was the headlight and rear lights of a Mercedes Benz installed on a blank wall. The curator explained that the artist was highlighting our segregation of a society based on the car we drive. Take a second to think about that,…
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Imagined Futures with Sascha Mombartz

Who is Sascha Mombartz and what is most important for people to know about you? Sascha Mombartz is someone who lives in New York. My dad is German and my mom’s from Malta. My dad worked for the German Foreign Service, so I grew up all over the place. When people ask me where I’m from, I don’t really say I’m German. I feel like identity or where I am…
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Imagined Futures with Margaret Trainor

Who is Margaret Trainor and what is most important for people to know about you? The most important things for people to know about me and what I value most about myself is that I have a fair amount of irreverence both for myself and the people around me. Another thing they should know is that I am an optimistic person and I think you pick up on that when…
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Imagined Futures with Richard Wilhelmer

Who is Richard Wilhelmer? I am Richard Wilhelmer. I’m Managing Director and one of the founders of Beluga. Beluga is a strategic design consultancy. What we do is combine research and classical methods of market research with innovation and consumer-centric design. We work to bridge the gap between gathering and interpreting knowledge, to create new products and strategies for corporates and foundations. I also have a background in art and…
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Why Defining the Next Decade exists?

We are excited to launch Defining the Next Decade platform. It is a culmination of a long journey and this feels like the next step for this idea. To understand what Defining the Next Decade is and what it will be is to first understand the origins of the idea. Our Purpose We are dedicated to sharing ideas for positive impact in our cities. These ideas are across the areas…
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Refocusing the Future of American Politics

Vision and Values Must Anchor Our Commitment to Action The 2020 Presidential horse race is already heating up. It’s rare that a conversation doesn’t include someone asking which candidate you prefer or who you expect to win. In spite of the divergent branding and inspirational talking points, scores of candidates who have entered the race seem to have overlooked a key lesson from the 2016 campaign: Values and vision are…
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