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September 16, 2015

How You Can Join Global Leaders in the Future Labs at #CGI2015


From climate change to resilient health systems to economic development, the challenges of the 21st century will require more collaboration and innovation than ever before. To meet these demands, the global community will need to work together – across borders and sectors – and leverage the tools of today to shape its shared future.  

At OpenIDEO, we aim to enable people everywhere to collaborate in using IDEO’s design methodology to help address today’s challenges – as we did in last year’s youth employment challenge with CGI. Collaborating offline is a key ingredient as well, especially when driven by diverse, talented individuals with real desire to create change. At this year’s CGI Annual Meeting, a series of Future Labs – facilitated by IDEO – will explore specific global challenges and prompt participants to consider what future solutions might look like.

CGI invites citizens around the world to engage in this conversation and add their own perspectives from their community. Explore the four topics below, and submit your thoughts using the form or on social media using the hashtag #FutureofImpact. CGI will feature some of the top insights on social media and at the beginning of each Future Lab at the Annual Meeting – so be sure to tune-in live from September 27-29.

Submit Your Idea for the Future Labs

The Future of Housing

A lack of adequate, affordable housing challenges the day-to-day survival of poor families in developed and emerging countries alike. Globally, 1.1 billion urban residents live in homes without sanitation, electricity, and other essential services. Providing decent, affordable urban housing to the projected 1.6 billion people who will reside in cities by 2025 requires an estimated $16 trillion in spending and investment; this presents an opportunity to rethink the types of urban communities we are building.

What do you think the future of housing will look like? Share your thoughts above or on social media using #FutureofImpact.

The Future of Gender Investing

Women-owned enterprises grow faster and create more jobs than those owned by men, and women are reinvesting their profits in the health and education of their communities at a higher rate than men. Despite this, women business owners face an estimated collective credit gap of more than $300 billion globally, and only 6 percent of U.S. venture capital funding goes to firms run by women. Given their higher growth potential, women-led enterprises represent a multitude of lucrative opportunities for investors.

What do you think the future of gender investing will look like? Share your thoughts above or on social media using #FutureofImpact.

The Future of Girls' Education

Increasing the number of girls with a secondary education by 10 percent boosts a country’s per capita income by 3 percent, and each year of secondary school increases a girl’s future income by 25 percent. However, in Africa and South Asia, boys remain 1.5 times more likely to complete this phase of schooling than girls. Addressing poverty, discrimination, violence, and other barriers will enable more girls to gain the education necessary to reach their full potential.

What do you think the future of girls’ education will look like? Share your thoughts above or on social media using #FutureofImpact.

The Future of Accessible Medicines and Diagnostics

Two billion people in the world today lack access to medicines, particularly in low-income countries where it is estimated that one child dies every 20 seconds from a disease that could have been prevented by proper vaccination. Making medicine more accessible and affordable globally requires more innovative partnerships and greater progress in enhancing delivery channels, supply chains, and research and development.

What do you think the future of accessible medicines and diagnostics will look like? Share your thoughts above or on social media using #FutureofImpact.

Stay involved in creating impact with a diverse and global community of collaborators on OpenIDEO. Challenges this fall will focus on college affordability, sustainable food systems, and the resilience of low-income urban areas.