The original story was published in The World Economic Forum on 14 November 2016. Written By Oliver Cann. View the original article here.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 14 November 2016 – In the closing session of the World Economic Forum’s inaugural Annual Meeting of the Global Future Councils, business and civil society leaders called for the embedding of values in the design of technologies and investment in education to prepare citizens for the future by ensuring they have the skills to succeed in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Closing Plenary: Shaping Future Systems  Stephan Mergenthaler, Head of Knowledge Networks and Analysis, World Economic Forum, Tim Dixon, Managing Director, Europe, Purpose, United Kingdom, Erica Kochi, Co-Founder, UNICEF Innovation, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), New York, Usha Rao-Monari, Chief Executive Officer, Global Water Development Partners, United Kingdom and Vishal Sikka, Chief Executive Officer, Infosys, USA at the World Economic Forum, Annual Meeting of the Global Future Councils 2016. Copyright by World Economic Forum / Benedikt von Loebell
Closing Plenary: Shaping Future Systems. Copyright by World Economic Forum / Benedikt von Loebell

Erica KochiCo-Founder of UNICEF Innovation, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF),“technology has the opportunity of opening up closed systems” and “can be an accelerator of taking away obstacles to change” such as the asymmetry of information and the lack of trust and trustworthiness. She adds “If we don’t implement education, health, and jobs in our technologies by design, then we will create products, services, and systems for the haves in the world and that is clearly not the world we want.

Erica Kochi, Co-Founder, UNICEF Innovation, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)   Copyright by World Economic Forum / Benedikt von Loebell
Erica Kochi, Co-Founder, UNICEF Innovation, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Copyright by World Economic Forum / Benedikt von Loebell
Tim Dixon, Managing Director, Europe, Purpose, United Kingdom at the World Economic Forum. Copyright by World Economic Forum / Benedikt von Loebell
Tim Dixon, Managing Director, Europe, Purpose, United Kingdom.Copyright by World Economic Forum / Benedikt von Loebell

Also emphasized in the session is how critical building an inclusive tech-enabled system is in shaping the future. “We all have a stake in the systems we operate” said Tim Dixon, Managing Director, Europe, of Purpose in the UK. “Even the system of liberal international institutions is under threat in ways that they haven’t been until now. None of us can be free riders anymore. In this interdependent world, we can no longer aim to succeed by ourselves.”

Vishal Sikka, Chief Executive Officer of Infosys in the US, explains “The pace of change that we have now is the fastest that it has ever been and the slowest it will likely ever be going forward.” There is a lot of work to do to make people aware and to educate them. The goal should be to shape an inclusive tech-driven future. “Our brains take the future as an increment of the present,” Sikka reckoned. “But the future is something that we can imagine and create. There is a tremendous opportunity to make a future we wish to live in and not a future that we would be forced to accept.”

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The inaugural Annual Meeting of the Global Future Councils 2016 brought together over 700 top thought leaders from the World Economic Forum’s Network of Global Future Councils, comprised of 35 groups of experts from academia, business, civil society, international organizations, and government. The councils are generating ideas and solutions that influence the future global, regional and industry agendas and will feed them into the programme of the Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, in January 2017.

 

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