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The World Thought Leaders Forum - Caring For People and the Planet - MILAN EXPO 2015

Saturday, the 6th of June 2015 at The Pavilion of Hungary, in Milan

THE WORLD THOUGHT LEADERS FORUM - CARING FOR PEOPLE AND THE PLANET

Exploring the New Horizons of a Humane and Sustainable World

Overview of the Objective

Einstein said that we cannot hope to solve the critical problems of our time with the same kind of thinking that gave rise to them. We need new thinking to solve our problems. There could not be a better or more important reason to call together some of the thought leaders of today’s world than to discuss the thinking we need. What kind of thinking do we need?

The answer to this question is complex, and discussing it would fill not just one forum, but all the fora of this World Fair. If we have to choose one set of issues to discuss during a single day at this global event; we must concentrate on the basics. We believe that the basic issue is to discover the actions, and the ethics and mindset needed to take the actions, to enable people to create a better world; create a world that is both sustainable and humane. Because today’s world is neither the one nor the other.

Achieving a degree of sustainability is perhaps the most important and urgent challenge we face on this planet. It is becoming every day more evident that if we continue on the course we have taken in the past decades our world will be exposed to ever more critical crises. Seven billion people cannot live on this Earth with a modicum of physical and mental wellbeing if we do not change direction. Lest we do, we will continue to impair the natural balances on which human life and all life depends, and create growing stresses and strains for people and societies. The much-discussed “carrying capacity” of the planet is in question—the capacity to enable all people in the human family to live in peace and wellbeing.

Creating a sustainable world of peace and wellbeing is not a quixotic quest. The planet is well endowed with physical and biological resources and is bathed in a rich flow of energy from the sun. We have the technologies to exploit our material and energy resources for human ends; we have the resources as well as the know-how to create a sustainable and humane world. The question is whether we have the wisdom and the will to create it. This is a crucial question for humanity and for all life on the planet. Time will tell how it is answered, but we do not have the luxury of waiting until time would tell. We need to take our destiny into our own hands.

With each passing day more people are waking up to the need to create a humane and sustainable world and ask how they could go about creating it. This query needs to be answered; and answered wisely and without delay. To find the answer, or at the least the basic elements of the answer, is the reason we have convened some of the eminent thought leaders of the contemporary world to this Forum. The Expo 2015 World Fair, dedicated to “Feeding the Planet,” is the right venue for searching for an answer to this paramount question of our times, and bringing it to the attention of all the people who have come together here - responsible people who feel concerned about our life and our future and wish to ensure that we truly and effectively care for people and for the planet.

Download in .pdf the programme of the conference and the short bios of the presenters below.

 

World Thought Leaders Forum - Short video

World Thought Leaders Forum - Gallery

Full lenght videos of the conference (coming soon on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheClubOfBudapest