Challenge:Future Summit 2010 was imagined as an international forum bringing together around 250 youth, business leaders, government change makers, media and educators to discuss challenges the world faces in the 21st century. The Summit was hosted by IEDC-Bled School of Management between May 14 and May 18, 2010 in Bled, Slovenia.
In addition to in-depth dialogues and action planning, the Summit also served as a culmination of a 8-month long student competition for the best innovations and solution for a sustainable future, mostly related to the Future of Connecting, with 1 644 competitors from 71 countries and 245 schools. (Read more about the 2009/10 competition...)
The Boot Camp section was dedicated to reflection, personal growth and fun outdoor adventures around Bled. Summit attendees had a lot of opportunities to participate in and lead discussions related to our sustainable future, and plan their own strategies for encouraging sustainable development in their local communities.
Apart from peer discussions, the Boot Camp featured lectures from experts in different fields. The leading topic was sustainable development: climatologist dr. Lučka Kajfež Bogataj presented evidence about how economic development is putting our planet under a lot of pressure, while dr. Nadya Zhexembayeva talked about how for-profit businesses can be a great source of sustainable innovation. The Boot Camp also emphasized skills that young leaders of tomorrow will need to make their ideas heard: business coach Marta Kos Marko talked about the what it takes to make a good presentation, and prof. Colin Egan brought up the topic of developing personal brands. The panel I CAN – reaching beyond human limits & WE CAN – be the change you want to see in the world also provided different perspectives that encouraged Summit attendees to open their minds to unorthodox solutions and views.
The main section of the Summit delivered several inspiring lectures and new perspectives: Dr. Miha Pogačnik shared life and leadership lessons through the sound of his violin, Michael Holm Johansen provided an overview of sustainable innovations at Coca-Cola, prof. Helmut F. Karner shared his thoughts on the future of business and management, dr. Danica Purg talked about how Peter Drucker's ideas on art inspired the philosophy of IEDC-Bled School of Management, and characteristics of future leadership were explore through a panel discussion.
C:F community members also played a big part during the Summit: the 9 finalist teams presented their innovative solutions in front of the judging panel, and selected community members delivered short talks related to the annual C:F theme The Future of Connecting.
The final chapter of the C:F Summit was opened by dr. Danilo Türk, President of the Republic of Slovenia, who expressed his support for youth innovation. The Summit Gala also included keynote speeches by futurist Joel A. Barker and former OECD Secretary-General Donald J. Johnston, and two panels with representatives from the C:F community that discussed future challenges and leadership approaches.
The main highlight of the Summit Gala was of course the announcment of winners of the 2009/10 competition. The Grand Award of 20 000 EUR was received by team Backcasters, and the winners' school, National University of Singapore, also took home the Challenge:Future Most Innovative School award. (Find out more about all winners and awards...)