What world do you want to live in?

By 2030, the global population is projected to reach 8.5 billion, leading to increases in food demand, water use and energy consumption. We are witnessing major demographic shifts, from the long-term trends of increasingly urban populations across the developed world, to the more immediately pressing challenges of cross-border migration, driven by conflicts, natural disasters and the search for better livelihoods.

These challenges are exacerbated by climate change, which is derailing decades of progress in economic development and food security. In a changing, resource-scarce world, we need new models for consumption and production.

‘Fourth industrial revolution’ technologies, such as artificial intelligence, will inevitably drive social change, enabling new ways to optimise infrastructure. At the same time, however, they risk displacing large sections of the workforce, with the potential to cause unrest and inequality.

All of these transitions drive new opportunities to innovate and coordinate our efforts, bringing in stakeholders from the public and private sectors, from civil society and, crucially, from individuals acting as citizens and as evangelists for taking action now.

The future depends on what we do today.