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PUSHING BOUNDARIES: SEVEN COMPELLING KNOWLEDGE TRACKS

Futurecasting Work

Hybrid work choices are shifting how and where talent, communities and commerce converge. Capital follows talent, and talent is prioritizing purpose, diversity and inclusion. The digital shakeup of services and supply networks is creating a new era of entrepreneurship as interdisciplinary sciences and skills gain steam. As myriad options for digital nomads emerge, radical innovations in technologies and communication systems are redefining the nature of work itself.

Taming Urban Jungles

Urban dwellers and designers are co-creating adaptive technologies for vibrant, creative, livable cities. Whether rebounding from extreme weather events, or converting decaying infrastructure and neighborhoods, resilience is key. From building materials, to engineering methods, to transportation, zero waste, utilities and amenities, keeping it natural is at the heart of greener, circular and smarter urban economies, communities and systems.

Game Changing Health

Leaps in medical science mean people enjoy longer, healthier lives and someone born today will likely live to 150 years. A premium is being placed on preventive over acute care and independence over institutional living. Health professionals, support services and policy makers are rejecting orthodoxy to reimagine and transform lifelong care networks based on genomics, social determinants, precision medicine, pharma advancements and interconnected data trusts.

Cultivating AgTech

By 2050, the global population is estimated to reach 9 billion people. This is already creating unprecedented demand for food, water and fibre. Innovations are vital to reduce food waste and maximize productivity of agriculture-rich regions and processes, while preserving precious land and natural resources. Enter an arsenal of technologies - from AI, to air and water sensors, to robotics and biomimicry - addressing humanity's growing needs.

Mission-critical Moonshots

The 1960s race for the moon spurred an explosion of technologies for everyday life. As countries and companies continue to stretch for the stars, innovation is driving every mission. The moonshot mindset is motivating teams to achieve breakthroughs in quantum computing, fuel and propulsion, AI/ML, drones, logistics, data diagnostics and communications technologies. These extraordinary and everyday advancements are generating applications to make life on earth more sustainable, and life in space more possible.

Navigating to Net-Zero

Global energy demand means the pathway to cleaner, sustainable sources isn't a straight line. Scientific creativity is generating bundled solutions, including hydrogen, renewables and geothermal to dramatically cut greenhouse gas emissions along entire value chains. Clean tech is leading to advanced materials that are stronger and lighter, new and natural chemical applications and polymers, and novel processes that underpin the future economy.

Redefining Capitalism

Economies that work better for everyone recognize value beyond sticker price. The largest wealth transfer in history is estimated to move $70 trillion from North America baby boomers to younger generations. Industries, companies, and wealth managers are incorporating new metrics of money-making and prosperity. A fintech hotbed of deal-flow models is rapidly emerging to monetize, capitalize and confront new societal and cyber-realities.

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