Challenge:Future is about great minds gathered in the Challenge:Future Community and their ability to foresee the problems the world will face in the near future, the challenges for mankind to overcome. The best way to find the answers seemed to be to ask the community itself. And so we did. We asked our members to come up with a unique name forthe next Challenge:Future competitions and to briefly describe them. The result was amazing. From environmental issues, agriculture, and genetically engineered food to world governance and local authorities, from culture and arts to the business world, technology and renewable energy, they had ideas.
One of the subjects, proposed by Arash Rafiq from Pakistan, is dealing with the global water crisis. He says that over the past 50 years, the population of the world has tripled with a potential increase of 50% within the next half of century. During this time, the overall water supplies have decreased. Ish Jindhal from India advises us to think about the environment and find out ways to restrain the effect of products that harm the environment in order to make our planet a better place to live. Fahd Masood from Pakistan came up with Garbageit!, a challenge that would focus on new innovative methods of garbage disposal and procedures for how to cope with garbage disposal in the Third World countries. Given that the Copenhagen Summit 2009 did not reach its objectives, Purav Aggarwal from India tells us to think of a new model, a feasible solution, to give back for all the things we have been extracting from nature and create a Virtual Climate Summit 2010.
Transforming tomorrow was Alexandra Nastase’s idea from Romania. She raises questions about a new model, a newway in which the world could be organized and how we might learn to create an environment for continuous development. Vikram Chintalapati from India is more straightforward and wants to talk about how to Tear Down Red Tape.When new ideas face resistance from authorities, the question is: how can an innovator be helped to get past the red tape, have access to legal counseling and information about intellectual property in order to make the world a more open space. On a similar theme, Luka Penic from Croatia wants to Impact Your Authorities by using smarter and more intelligent ideas to reach and influence local authorities.
Jose Albert Padin from Philippines and Anton Andonov from Bulgaria propose to reinvent the way we do business. In the New Business Model– Business 2.0, the most ethical practices should produce the most profits. Jana Toškovic from Montenegro is curious to find outwhich existing currency might become the main currency in the future world. Krste Kostoskifrom Macedonia and Marko Eres from Slovenia think we should find a way to save our atmosphere and use fewer resources from our planet. We take more than we give and this may turn against us.
Kayode Nubi from Turkey advises us to get back to the basics and think about food shortages, housing, and education. Siddharth Rajkonwar from India raises moral questions about cloning and genetically modified crops. Emilija Klovaite from Lithuania says “We are what we eat” and challenges us to find new ways to make healthy food accessible to everyone.
Jake Jones from United Kingdom addresses the issue of integrating technology into our lives. Antonius Suryawan from Indonesia invites us to rule the world and bet on the next big technology in 10 years time. Fatima Hasanain from Pakistan asks us to find a way to make existing technology more environmentally friendly and fuel-efficient. Kevin Nay Yaung from Singapore asks a related critical question: “How can we ensure that the energy supply will be sustainable in the year 2050, and which form of energy will become our main source?”
Sayanee Basu from Singapore sets up a Creative Junkie and wonders how people can come together to share their unique cultures and create more awareness and understanding. David Ma from Australia puts up two questions: how much of our past have we lost by our pursuit of the future? and, how much of our past do we need to remember so we don’t forget who we are?
One thing is for sure. Challenges are here to stay. Ralph Waldo Emerson once said that little minds have little worries, and big minds have no time for worries. The time is for solutions, the time is to act now, it’s time for Challenge:Future.
*Dan Croitoru is a student of National School of Political and Administrative Studies, Romania. He is also a member of the C:F Youth Advisory Board.