FORUM2015: Social Impact 2030
April 28, 2015 | 1916 views
With so much going on at the 2015 Skoll World Forum, it's impossible to participate in everything. Our bloggers are sitting in on many of the exciting sessions at this year's event. Read their concise notes and observations to catch up on important discussions you may have missed.
GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT: WHAT SHOULD WE FOCUS ON AND HOW WILL WE MEASURE SUCCESS?
THU, APRIL 16, 2015; 13:15 – 14:30
The goal of achieving social impact continues to attract increasing interest from entrepreneurs, development partners, funders, and governments. Problems related to poverty, education, gender equality, health, environment, and international cooperation are seeing novel solutions that combine the best practices of business, investment, and philanthropy. While the seedlings have already started turning into healthy trees, where will the social impact space be in 2030?
Entrepreneurs are the most critical part of this ecosystem. Without the creative problem-solving, tireless efforts, and most importantly, brave hearts and strong minds to chase unrealized opportunities, there will be no progress over the next 15 years. Their presence will drive more contributors into the space , together addressing the opportunities to improve the world.
As we look forward to 2030, the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the targets that will ostensibly unite the G8 countries, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, social entrepreneurs, development groups, and impact investors.
How much progress are we making? A yearlong international research project was discussed today at the Skoll World Forum in Oxford – below are a few takeaways:
By 2030 the world’s population will approach 8.5 billion people, 16 percent more than today’s 7.3 billion people. Asia’s population will increase to six billion; India and China will total three billion.
Climate change, together with population growth, will require at least a 25 percent increase in food production and water supply.
We need to continue thinking through what will be needed and how it will be provided. What else should we be thinking about, that doesn’t fit into one of the mentioned future goals ?